UPDATE ON BILL PASTERNAK WA6ITF: Don Wilbanks AE5DW and I had a conference call with Bill Sunday evening (6/7/15). The good news is: Bill is not in the ICU; the bad news is he is in serious condition after being diagnosed with--as he termed it--”a broken back.” I take this to mean he has fractured at least one vertebrae. He is being treated for the pain associated with such an injury, and thus is not able to write (type), nor can he read for very long. He said it is also impossible for him to receive very many phone calls, so they must be kept to a minimum. Bill stated that for the immediate days ahead, his focus needs to be on the healing process, and improving his health, so that’s where his focus will be. He asked us to pass along his appreciation for all of the thoughts and prayers that have been sent out on his behalf. He also asserted that the Young Ham of the Year Award for 2015 will be awarded this year, with the recipient to be announced very soon. The YHOTY award ceremony takes place at the Huntsville (Alabama) Hamfest in mid-August.
Don and I also discussed with him the long-term future of the Amateur Radio Newsline, and what is needed to get it back into production. We hashed out some rough ideas, and have another conference call Monday evening to work out some more details. The Newsline team is more committed than ever to get production re-started as soon as possible.
Personally, I would like to thank all of those who answered my call for help with getting Newsline back up and running. I received many responses, and up to now, have not been able to reply to all of them. I will be doing so very soon, and we may be adding a few new voices to upcoming Newsline reports. If I haven’t contacted you yet, please be patient, as my full-time job as Program Director/Morning Drive Host of KTPK-FM/Topeka, KS is still requiring me to put in some long hours. I will reply to you all as soon as I can!
For now, please keep Bill in your thoughts and prayers, and keep watching arnewsline.org and the Amateur Radio Newsline Facebook page for further updates. Thanks, and ~73~ from Skeeter Nash N5ASH