PRC mtg June 1, 2015

“Newsline” Producer Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF Hospitalized

Syndicated program on indefinite hiatus

Earlier this week, in place of the regular weekly newscast script and audio program, the following post went up on the Amateur Radio Newsline site:


From Producer Skeeter Nash N5ASH: this is a Facebook post from Sunday, 5/24/15 by the Amateur Radio Newsline Facebook page administrator, James Pastorfield KB7TBT:

Hi folks, got some bad news to report:
A few days ago Bill Pasternak WA6ITF was admitted into the hospital. He is currently in ICU and stable. I have not directly talked to bill but I am in constant contact with Dave Booth KC6WFS who has been with him every day. Bill has said that “it was ok to mention his situation to you and to understand if the reports are a delayed”. 

Bill is still listed under critical condition, please put him in your thoughts and prayers. 
I will keep everyone updated…




Nash went on to say, “Bill’s health is the most important thing right now. However, I know that he is also very concerned about the ongoing production of the weekly Newsline reports. During Bill’s previous extended hospital stay earlier this year, he reached out for help with producing the newscast. I stepped forward, and we got it back up and going. At the time, it was not a problem for me to do, time-wise. I was doing the Morning Drive show on KTPK-FM (Country Legends 106.9) here in Topeka, and had time in the afternoon to devote a few hours to editing and producing the audio. Bill was able to write the scripts; first from the rehab facility, then from home once he was released.”

“Newsline” is heard worldwide on amateur radio repeaters and shortwave stations and is created entirely through voluntary efforts. While a professional background is not necessary, many volunteers are broadcasters and journalists.  If you would like to volunteer your skills as a writer, producer, editor or anchor to continue this service, Skeeter has posted detailed job descriptions at

As a contributing news anchor to the program for several years I’ve found my time spent to be extremely rewarding.   I wish the very best for Bill and Amateur Radio Newsline.




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 ARRL Field Day 2015

 AcrossScreenShot019 the U.S. and Canada hams are preparing radio gear, emergency power equipment, antennas, tents and all their  required gadgetry for the biggest radio day of the year, ARRL Field Day.   More than 35,000 of us are expected to participate this year. Of course, the Parma Radio Club is no exception.  Our 2015 Field Day, June 27-28, will be at the same site we’ve used for several years, the Top O’ the Ledges in Hinckley Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks. A map and driving directions will be posted on this site.

John Malloy, KA8VTV will again perform as Field Day Chairman.  At our June 1st meeting we’ll begin mapping out our plans for this big event. It’s amazing to think of all the details that must be considered in order to have a successful Field Day.  We certainly hope you will be able to join us for this planning meeting as well as Field Day which seems to get better every year.

ScreenShot021At the meeting, you’ll see the computer logging program we’ve used for the past several years, Amateur Contact Log. The program makes it so  easy to make log entries as well as file our ARRL report.

We operate in several ways. Some operators prefer to keep a pencil log while they operate.  Others work as a two person team — one does the on air work, while the other handles logging.  Flexibility is the key.



Hal Rogers, K8CMD

President, Communications Director