Fifty Years On...

Llew

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#1
Raise a glass to little Sputnik today folks, the first satellite to be launched fifty years ago today.

We've come a long way since then of course, but I still get a thrill remembering receiving its signal as it passed overhead on my ex- WW2 short wave receiver (20.007 Mcycles/sec old money :))

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#2
Yes, I remember my dad doing the same after the launch, not all that long ago in the overall scheme of things. :)
 

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#3
Damn, you two are soooooo old you remember Sputnik !?! :-rofl2
 

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#4
No ageism on this forum T_G

I blame Dan Dare - Pilot Of The Future (c.1950) for my interest in matters astrophysic :-rofl2

Time for my afternoon nap now O-zzz

Old Llew
 

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Lol those were the good old days!
 

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#6
:) Only old if you remember buying the Eagle and Topper comics, listeng to Dick barton on the radio.


T_G said:
Damn, you two are soooooo old you remember Sputnik !?! :-rofl2
 

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#7
Beano, Dandy, Hotspur, Eagle, occasionally topper. :)
 

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Ermmm, don't forget the Beezer. Colonel Blink, the short sighted old gink (I think).
 

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I used to think those triangular cardboard and paper bangers were ace until they ripped through over use or getting damp
 

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#10
lol
guys you crack me up :-rofl2
seriously , its a great anniversairy , 50 years and still going strong , amazing ha ? makes some other birds look like infants
 

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I remember a prezzy from the Beezer which was just a piece of cardboard, circular I think, with 2 small holes about 5 - 10 mm apart in the centre. You threaded 2 pieces of thin string through and then wrapped the ends around your fingers.

By careful pulling apart you could get the carboard to start rotating and winding up the string. After a short while you could get the cardboard whizzing back and forth making a buzzing noise.

You know, you tell the kids of today about this and they think how sad you are but we had great fun with them.
 

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:)Conkers were the thing. I well remeber the bruised knuckles and a black eye where the oponents came of the string.
Drill a hole through the centre, soak then in vinegar for a few weeks and slowly bake in the oven. Like having a ball bearing on a string. Probaly not allowed now due to H&S regs.
 

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#13
rolfw said:
Beano, Dandy, Hotspur, Eagle, occasionally topper. :)
You forgot: I the days when there were no cars, running water, food was running away from you, clothes were made of that food that was running slower than you...... :-rofl2
 

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#14
Jeeez!....This thread has gone off the rails big time! :rolleyes: Any way Llew Sputnik was a bit before when I could could save data in my brain (only 2 then)

But I do remember good ol Testar in 62!
 

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#15
So, other than go "beep....beep....beep....beep....beep....beep....beep..
..beep....beep....beep....beep....beep....beep", what did Sputnik do? :-rofl2
 

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#16
The beeps were handy when having a legover, beep beep beep to take off.....and the timing of the beeps was about right, stopped you rushing it all.:)


2cvbloke said:
So, other than go "beep....beep....beep....beep....beep....beep....beep..
..beep....beep....beep....beep....beep....beep", what did Sputnik do? :-rofl2
 

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TJExcalibur said:
The beeps were handy when having a legover, beep beep beep to take off.....and the timing of the beeps was about right, stopped you rushing it all.:)
Ah, so the Russians were a horny bunch back in those days... :-rofl2
 

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#18
No, they were just being a little friendly and wanted it to snuggle up to WWV's time signal beeps ( 20.000 MHz) :-rofl2

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