Sputnic St. Joe's High School Radio Club
---W8KTZ---Cleveland, Ohio--- Ham Radio Club Memories from the 50's, 60's, and into the 70's

The Sputnik Gang takes their story to the WEWS TV-5 Program

"Inside The Catholic Schools"

Sunday December 1, 1957 -- 1:45 pm

Another title for this might be "Bad Pictures, Good memories!"
By today's standards television was still in the dark ages.    Most houses only had one television set, and everything, including the equipment at the TV stations, was still limited to vacuum-tube technology.   These images, which were photographed off a home TV in 1957, have been digitally reprocessed, and to some extent probably appear better here than actually viewed back then!

---Our thanks to WEWS-TV5, Cleveland for allowing us to display these pictures.

Bob Leskovec, Introduction

<--Bob Leskovec, starts the show with a brief summary of the Sputnik tracking adventure.

Joe Marsey talks about recording the Sputnik "beeps" while playing them back from the Concertone onto the display oscilloscope.

Joe Marsey demonstrates the Sputnik

(During the presentation, WEWS then cut to a movie filmed on location at the radio club, showing the students working with the equipment, performing the tracking, and recording the data.    Then the live show resumed with Mike and the students explaining the details.)

Moderator, Mike Stimac

<-- Moderator Mike Stimac explains that the boys started plotting the orbits on an earth globe.

Dave Mazi shows how the paper strips allowed them to start predicting the next pass of the Sputnik satellite. -->

Dave Mazi, Sputnik Orbit Sphere
Dennis Skala with Orbitometer

<-- Dennis Skala explains the Orbitometer, a circular slide rule, which the boys devised to predict orbits.

MIke Stimac and Ed Miller explain how the orbit prediction resulted in determining exactly when the radio signals would begin to be heard again. -->

Mike Stimac and Ed Miller
Ed Miller

<-- Ed Miller demonstrates how the radio signals could actually be heard before the satellite could be seen coming over the horizon.

The group sits for the final wide shot as the program ends. -->

Sputnik Group at Table

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