WA6ITF – Bill Pasternak – SK

It was announced last night / early this morning on Facebook that Bill Pasternak WA6ITF has become a Silent Key, after a long illness.

Bill was the founder and producer of Amateur Radio Newsline and founder and administrator of the Amateur Radio Newsline Young Ham of the Year Award (co-sponsored by CQ Magazine). Bill was the author of many columns for many Amateur Radio publications over the years.

Bill was an outspoken advocate for all thing Amateur Radio. His achievements in Amateur Radio and in the promotion of it are too numerous to mention. I met him a long time ago (on-line) back in the good ol' days of Prodigy. Bill was always friendly, outgoing and willing to help anyone in any way he could. He will be sorely missed, and he has left us with a very large pair of shoes to fill.

My condolences to his wife Sharon KD6EPW and the rest of his family.

73, OM.

Larry W2LJ
Larry Makoski, W2LJ, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from New Jersey, USA. Contact him at [email protected].

8 Responses to “WA6ITF – Bill Pasternak – SK”

  • Matt W1MST:

    Rest in peace, Bill. You enriched so many lives with Amateur Radio Newsline.

  • Dave KJ4PF (Ex-WB3KNS):

    Hard to believe I have heard your voice for 38 years.
    But never to hear again.
    RIP OM es condolences to Sharon.

  • Robert Arkow WA6HMC:

    A great voice has been silenced. Rest In Peace Bill. My condolences to Sharon and the rest of the amateur radio community that Bill loved and served for over 40 years.

  • Colin GM4JPZ:

    RIP Bill and condolences to Sharon. I remember your voice as being a major part of amateur radio for many years.

  • Joseph VK6AAO:

    RIP Bill . I will miss your voice and the news you presented so well .
    Thoughts and prayers are with Bill’s family and close friends .

  • Tim KB1HQJ:

    God bless Bill and condolences to his family.

  • KB2YSI:

    RIP Bill, you did ARNL for longer than I’ve been alive, it has always been there so I took it for granted.

    My thoughts are with Bill’s family during this tough time.


  • W6EM - Lee:

    Like many, I used to take AR Newsline for granted. I chided Bill once or twice about spelling, and he took me up on my offer of spell-checking which I did for awhile. Although I never met Bill face to face, his Herculean efforts on the part of ham radio won’t soon be forgotten. Especially, his dedication to motivating young hams. For over 28 years, ARNL (Bill) presented the award to a deserving young ham. I hope it can continue in his honor.

    I knew first hand of his intentions with motivating young people. We both shared a long email exchange on the virtues of the 1950-60s TV program Watch Mr. Wizard. He loved it and so did I. It influenced so many youngsters to follow physics, chemistry and engineering. He told me that he always wanted to find another somebody like Don Herbert, who could do that kind of job again. I’m sure if he had, he would have gotten it on the PBS airwaves.

    Bill, you will be sorely missed by the amateur community. May you Rest in eternal Peace. And, my deepest sympathy to your family and close friends.

    73, OM


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