In September of 1979 I had a QSO with Yuri UA1LO on 20 meter CW.
At some point, I learned of that callsign as being associated with Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. Briefly, I thought I’d worked a very famous man- the first person to travel into outer space.
To this day a Google search of “UA1LO” shows threads on various forums and websites that debate whether or not UA1LO was in fact Yuri the cosmonaut – there’s still a fair amount of speculation going on.
This QSL may serve to alleviate some of the speculation. Yuri Gagarin the cosmonaut died in 1968 when his MiG 15 crashed - eleven years before my QSO with the real Yuri UA1LO.
Regarding Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin:
Exactly 41 years ago today – 1 Aug 1971 – Apollo 15 crew members left the “Fallen Astronaut” memorial on the moon as a tribute to all American astronauts and Soviet cosmonauts who lost their lives in their respective countries’ space program, Yuri Gagarin, of course, is among the names listed.
The idea for the memorial was that of Apollo 15 astronaut David Scott who co-wrote a book with cosmonaut Alexei Leonov entitled Two Sides of the Moon: Our Story of the Cold War Space Race, published in 2006.
The “Fallen Astronaut” was created by Belgian artist Paul Van Hoeydonck and is the only piece of art on the moon.