Sputnik heard!

Philip Chien (kc4yer@amsat.org)
Mon, 3 Nov 1997 06:05:50 -0400

at 5:51 am Eastern Standard Time (10:51 UT) I went out of my house to
search for Mir on a pretty good visible pass.  I also took my handheld
transceiver with me hoping to hear Sputnik-40.

Sure enough I heard a steady beep-beep on 145.825 Mhz. and a minute later
Mir popped up behind the trees.  It was probably one of the first U.S.
receptions of the Sputnik-40 signal.  I did not see Sputnik-40, but hadn't
expected to because of the relatively daylight sky which limited me to
about 3rd magnitude.

I also saw what I believe is my first Iridium flare while viewing Mir.
Hmm, wonder if the Russians doing the spacewalk outside Mir also saw the
Iridium flare?



Philip Chien [M1959.05.31/31.145//KC4YER@amsat.org]