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    Club Founded 1962  (over 51 years ago)                                            ARRL Affiliation since Jan. 1965

** The Next Meeting Is Tuesday June 16, 2015, at 7pm, at the McKeesport high School ** **McKeesport Pa**

Bill Pasternak WA6ITF "SK"--Founder of A.R. Newsline
From ARRL Headquarters  - Newington CT  June 12, 2015 - To All Radio Amateurs 

ARLX007 Amateur Radio NewsliAne Co-Founder, Editor Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF (SK)

A well-known voice in the Amateur Radio news media has gone silent.Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, of Santa 
Clarita, California, died June 11 following a period of ill health. He was 73. Pasternak was co-founder (with Jim Hendershot, WA6VQP) of Amateur Radio Newsline(tm) (formerly The Westlink Report)
ham radio news webcast and a frequent presence at Amateur Radio conventions. Pasternak served as
Newsline's managing editor and occasional newscaster for the program. Even while hospitalized earlier
this year, he kept his ear to the ground for news from the Amateur Radio community, so he could pass it along to those who had taken over Newsline during his illness - discovered after he
broke two ribs in a fall. ARRL Rocky Mountain Division Director Brian Mileshosky, N5ZGT, got
acquainted with Pasternak at the Albuquerque hamfest and in 1997 was named Newsline's "Young Ham of
the Year" (YHOTY). "An incredible man, ham, and one of Amateur Radio's too-few giants, who woke up every day to make
the hobby better for everyone, especially its legacy - youth," Mileshosky said. "I've enjoyed the
energy he put into keeping hams informed via Newsline, and have been honored to give back to his
Newsline Young Ham of the Year Award program, since being asked by him to sit on its judging panel
well over a decade ago."
ARRL Public Relations Committee Chair Katie Allen, WY7YL, said Pasternak would be missed by those
within and outside the Amateur Radio community. "He truly was one of the good ones," she remarked
on Pasternak's Facebook page. "Thank you for sharing your light with us, Bill." A Brooklyn, New York, native, Pasternak became a radio amateur in 1959 as WA2HVK and once was very
active on 6 meters. "I love the hands-on approach to ham radio and built my very first transmitter
using parts salvaged from an old Dumont television set," Pasternak recounted in an online biography.
"It was a modification of a design by Bill Orr, W6SAI, published in his famous Novice and Technician
Handbook. A crystal-controlled, low-power 6 meter AM transmitter that doubled in the final, was
screen grid modulated, and put out almost no output power."
He eventually got into broadcasting and made his career in television engineering and production.
He retired as a broadcast engineer with KTTV in Los Angeles in 2012 but continued as abroadcasting
consultant. Pasternak was the spark plug behind the all-volunteer Amateur Radio Newsline bulletin - which was
relayed on repeaters around the US and elsewhere - as well as the creator and administrator of the
annual YHOTY. He was the author of three books and served as a writer/producer on several educational
films and videos, including the award-winning "Amateur Radio Today." In earlier years, he wrote
the "Looking West" column for 73 Amateur Radio Today Magazine for 26 years and penned a "VHF, FM and
Repeater" column for WorldRadio. He also contributed to broadcast trade publications as well as to CQ.
In addition to the ARRL, Pasternak belonged to the Radio Club of America and the Quarter Century
Wireless Association. He also enjoyed flying, including stints getting on the air from thousands of feet up. He was the only person ever chosen to receive the Dayton Hamvention Special Achievement Award (1981)
and Radio Amateur of the Year Award (1989). In 1995, the League presented him with an ARRL National
Certificate of Merit in recognition of his contributions to the "furtherance of the goals of the
Amateur Radio Service." Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Sharon, KD6EPW.

The Tribune Review newspaper reported, in its April 30 2015 edition, that James L Sunstein N3PDZ '94' of White Oak, PA passed away. on Tuesday April 28th at the UPMS East Hospital. According to my recollection, and some old membership rosters, Jim was a member of the Two Rivers Amateur Radio Club for many years. Services were held on Wednesday at the Jordan Funeral Home in White Oak. Internment was at the West View of Rodef Shalom Cemetery, Pittsburgh. Memorial contributions may be made to Gemilas Chesed Congregation, 1400 Summit St., White Oak, PA 15131. Condolences may be made at www.jenniferjordanfuneralhome.com. Tnx Bob W3SYR for the information.

Below is the obituary from the Tribune Review newspaper.

"James L.L. Sunstein, 94, of White Oak, died Tuesday, April 28, 2015, at UPMC East. He was born Jan. 7, 1921, in McKeesport, and was the son of the late Dr. Noah L. and Rosalee Bachman Sunstein. He is survived by his wife, Edith Olender Sunstein; son, David I. L. Sunstein; daughter, Roberta Sue Sunstein; and nieces and nephews. Mr Sunstein was preceded in death by his sister, Louise Sobel; and brother, Sylvan Sunstein. He was a graduate of Yale University and he served as a lieutenant in the Army Air Corps during World War II. Mr. Sunstein was a member of Gemilas Chesed Congregation and Temple B'Nai Israel where his father was a founding member and past president, Jewish War Veterans and a Masonic Lodge in Pittsburgh. He was retired owner of G.I. Cab Co., Tube City Taxi Cab and Airport Limousine Service serving the Mon Valley area. Services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the chapel of the JENNIFER S. JORDAN FUNERAL HOME INC., White Oak, with Rabbi Mayer Goldwasser officiating. Interment followed in West View of Rodef Shalom Cemetery, Pittsburgh. Memorial contributions may be made to Gemilas Chesed Congregation, 1400 Summit St., White Oak, PA 15131. Condolences may be made at www.jenniferjordanfuneralhome.com".


Passed away on March 17, 2015 after a lengthy illness. TRARC members please read the obituary in the 'Members Only' page. A memorial service was held for Jim on March 21st at the South Avenue United Methodist Church in Wilkinsburg, Pa

April 11, 2015 Hams n Eggs Breakfast
King's Restaurant - N. Versailles Pa

Left Front to Rear: Doug W3DUG, Nancy Shotwell, Merle K3HIR
Right Front To Rear: Mike KV3L, Chuck W3ON, Emil KB3CDB, Gerry KB3SDY, Steve KB3UWC
Not Pictured: Bill W3AV

Club Nets -- Monday Night at 8 pm with AR Newsline -- 146.73 MHz WA3PBD Repeater

Informal Gab Net -- Wednesday Night - 7pm Winter / 8pm Summer - 147.12 MHz W3OC Repeater

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