Thursday, August 20, 2009


The Russian space program used CW (some of it shortwave!) for at least some communications for a long time; for all I know, they still do. It's a sensibly simple backup.

And the cosmonauts were no slouches at the key, either. Here's audio from 1964's Voskhod-1, demonstrating the kind of skill more folks should have. Man's got a darned fine "fist!" I'm tickled by the slight "swing," especially the stretched out final DAH in "K" ("Go Ahead," or "Over") at the end, a touch which is not unknown in amateur radio.

Audio found at this interesting site. Want to learn how high school students tracked space missions in the 1960s?


  1. Very cool.

    He's also got audio of the first woman in space, Valentina Tereshkova, calling from Vostok-6 in 1963.

  2. That was cool--and quite copy-able. Which makes it even cooler.