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Dave Zantow (N9EWO) is Silent Key

I’ve just learned from our friends Dan Robinson and Dean Bianco that Dave Zantow (N9EWO) has died from injuries sustained in a car/pedestrian accident.

From his obituary on Legacy.com:

David William Zantow, age 66, of Janesville, WI passed away on December 6, 2023 at Select Specialty Hospital, Madison the result of injuries suffered in an auto-pedestrian accident. He was born in Janesville on November 8, 1957, the son of Diehl and Joan (Knox) Zantow. The family moved to Beloit and David graduated from Beloit Memorial High School in 1975.

After returning to Janesville, David was employed at Radio Shack until it closed. He was an avid ham radio operator. He will be remembered for being very talented at electronic and computer repair.

David is survived by his mother, Joan Zantow; sister Mary (Paul) Harding; nephews Zack Green and Nick Key. He was preceded in death by his father, Diehl Zantow; sister, Charlotte Key and brother, Richard Zantow.

No services will be held. Entombment will be in Milton Lawns Memorial Park. The family is being assisted by HENKE-CLARSON FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY. Online condolences may be sent to www.henkeclarson.com

If you’ve been a shortwave radio listener for long, you’ve no doubt read Dave’s articles and reviews on his website Dave’s Radio Receiver Page or in the pages of the Passport To World Band Radio.

Those of us who knew Dave well are still trying to process his sudden death. Many of us had only recently been in touch with him.

From all of the SWLing Post community, we send our love and blessings to Dave’s family and close friends.

We will look into archiving his website.

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Video: Vintage SONY Japan Manufacturing Plants

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Dave Zantow, who writes:

[Check out this] YouTube video :

Vintage SONY JAPAN Manufacturing Plants: TRINITRON TV, Video Recorder, late 1960-1970s

Click here to view on YouTube.

This very interesting near 12 minute video shows Sony manufacturing plants.

At 2:10 you will see the CRF-150 / 160’s being manufactured.

Thank you so much for sharing this, Dave! This is chock-full of Sony nostalgia!

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Dave spots a Realistic PRO-16 in WKRP episode

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Dave (N9EWO), who shares the following:

“WKRP In Cincinnati” – “Tornado” S01 E12 (February 1979)

“The station staff finds themselves in danger when Herb unplugs a teleprinter just as it is receiving a local tornado warning.”

Look for the Radio Shack Realistic PRO-16 (cat no. 20-165) scanner receiver at 35:15 in this dual episode “Internet Archive” video. A Midland 13-902 weather radio sits on top of the PRO-16 scanner.

Dave Zantow N9EWO
Janesville WI

Sharp eyes there, Dave!  Thank you for sharing this! WKRP is classic!

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Dave spots a Sony CRF-320 in an episode of Taxi

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Dave (N9EWO), who writes:

Hey Thomas,

Interesting little tidbit.

Noticed a Sony CRF-320 being used as prop in a 1982 episode of “Taxi” (Season 4 Episode 11), See captured enhanced attached photo [above].

“I Wanna Be Around” : Louie turns the tool room into a survival shelter.

YouTube (marked at a point where shortwave was made comment to) :

Look for it just left of the CB and desk microphone.

Dave Zantow N9EWO

Thank you for sharing this, Dave! Wow! What a classy radio to have as a prop on display in Taxi! Great catch!

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Relighting an authentic Apollo DSKY screen

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Dave (N9EWO), who writes:

A current YouTube Video I accidentally came across. Ever wonder about those digital displays used in the Apollo space missions ? What were they ? Actually it’s quite a story how these Raytheon displays were developed. One has to remember we are talking about the mid 1960’s here and before the days of LED’s. Reminds me of the electro luminance nightlights still sold today.

Click here to view on YouTube.

Many thanks for sharing this, Dave. Being a massive fan of all things Apollo era, I love the deep dive into this crucial, yet very basic computer. The screen looks (and sounds!) amazing.

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Dave’s review of the Sangean ATS-909X2

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Dan Robinson, who notes that Dave (N9EWO) has posted his review of the Sangean ATS-909X2. Click here to view.

I must admit: as I put the Sangean ATS-909X2 through the paces, I’m impressed with this fine machine. While no radio is perfect, the ‘909X2 has enthusiast-grade characteristics.

The ATS-909X2 truly smacks of a shortwave portable from the 1990s–the halcyon days of digital portables, in my opinion. I personally love the ergonomics, display, audio, tactile front panel, numerous connections, and the quality chassis. It’s a pleasure to operate.

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