April 12 is the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's space flight, the 30th Anniversary of the first Space Shuttle flight and sees an activation of ARISSat-1 on 145.950MHz FM.
Radio Amateurs around the world are organising events to celebrate this special anniversary.
The AMSAT News Service (ANS) reports that Clint Bradford, K6LCS, invites those in the Mira Loma, CA area to come and have some fun that night!
The party Web site URL is
There will be exclusive videos to share (even one from Bill Nye, the Science Guy!), history to relate, and - if all works well (grin) - Clint will record celebratory transmissions from the International Space Station and amateur radio satellite ARISSat-1 at 5AM that morning to show you all while you are here!
(There's another great pass of the ISS at 9:41PM - but that's technically April 13 GMT... )
Let's use this date to promote everything we've been working on for years: the ham radio hobby, AMSAT, and the future of manned space travel.
RSVP MANDATORY - So we'll know how many goodies to have on hand! Send an email as soon as you can, please! FAMILY- AND CHILDREN-FRIENDLY! (No pony rides, but they can pet noses of our horse and donkey!)
Appetizers, soft drinks, a little wine, and miscellaneous munchies will be served. Prizes, handouts, and freebies to all. The rumor that an official "Yuri Gagarin Commemorative T-Shirt" being given away as a door prize has been ...
Bring a light jacket - in case we try to work the 9:41PM pass. S'mores and fire pits outside? OF COURSE! Rain or shine ...
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 - 6PM to 10PM
Clint and Karen Bradford's house
5085 Trail Canyon Drive
Mira Loma CA 91752
909-241-7666 - Clint cell
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Story source: Amsat News Service
• AMSAT-NA wil be issuing special certificates to those who report reception of ARISSat-1 on 145.950MHz FM during April 12. ARISSat-1 is currently onboard the International Space Station (ISS) and will be connected to one of the ISS external antennas for this special transmission.
For orbital predictions select ISS at
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And here I was thinking the 12th was KJ4CTS's night. It's the 27th anniversary of KJ4CTS's birth.
Looks very exciting, I will be with a group at Caffe Trieste in downtown San Jose on April 12, I will listen with my handheld (assuming party noise is not too high). Unfortunately there will be no YN at Ames Research Center except for Education Day on April 8, http://ynba.org/2011/
In 2008, Ames Amateur Radio Club had a large setup including EME, http://hamradio.arc.nasa.gov/yurisnight.html
Ames hosted YN last year and like in 2008 most of the attendees are the kinds of people you usually do not see at a NASA facility. Some photos including a Yuri Gagarin posterboard at http://mfwright.com/yurigagarin/yurigagarin.html
Last year at Ames interviewed a few 20-somethings of what do they think of celebrating a Russian space accomplishment at an American space agency facility. Generally their answer was Gagarin's flight symbolized the next evolutionary step of mankind rather than an event between competing superpowers.
Those of you who didn't know, Yuri Gagarin was a radio amateur with the call UA1LO. He was killed in 1968 as a test pilot testing a new jet aircraft.
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I just heard on the news the ISS is going to be possibly hit within 2 hours or so by space debris from a 2009 china satellite,they have been ordered to take measures to escape if the station gets uninhabitable,they were told to sit in the Soyuz capsule for 10 minutes before the event and 15 after,I understand they have another 3 astronauts en route to the station supposed to get there Wednesday,hopefully they will have a station intact to dock with. Interesting times we live in,marking milestones and dealing with crises here on Earth,I sincerely hope things get better no matter where we live. 73,Michelle
Hell thats a worry!! Hope it doesn't get hit.
Debris never got closer than three miles to the ISS, fortunately.
Clint Bradford, K6LCS
Garagin was UA1LO? Check your sources. Just 'cause it's repeated on the 'Net doesn't make it the truth ... (grin)
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Clint Bradford, K6LCS
And he wasn't killed test piloting a new aircraft - I believe he was killed flying a MiG15UTI trainer while possibly hungover. He had taken to drinking as the powers that be stopped him flying in space again as he was too important and a figurehead and hero, and all he wanted to do was fly in space again. Its a bit sad really, he wanted to just be "one of the boys" of the cosmonaut corps but it wasn't allowed. Finally they relented, and he started training again, and that when he was killed.
Thanks for correcting me on this information
Originally Posted by M6OZI