The ICQ Amateur / Ham Radio Podcast has learnt of the passing of Bill Pasternak WA6ITF following a period of ill health, Bill was 73.
Bill was co-founder with Jim Hendershot, WA6VQP of Amateur RadioNewsline formerly the Westlink Report, relayed on repeated across the United States.
A Brooklyn, New York, native, Pasternak became a radio amateur in 1959 as WA2HVK.
“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 NewslineYoung Ham of the Year Award program, since being asked by him to sit on its judging panel well over a decade ago.”
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.
Bill 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.”
The ICQ Amateur / Ham Radio Podcast Team wishes to pass on their condolences to all friend and family, and especially to Bill’s wife of 43 years, Sharon, KD6EPW