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Southern California 2m Repeaters, Circa 1978-1983
« on: June 06, 2013, 05:51:59 PM »
This stuff's pretty bad.  These guys played rough.  They called these exchanges "shows".  This gang moved around from the Mount Wilson to others finally coming to roost on the 146.61 "Hollywood Hills" machine where they called themselves the "Six-One Slime".  The FCC cracked down hard in 1983 trying to clean up the band for the 1984 Summer Olympic Games and several of the major miscreants lost their licenses.  One, ex-WB6JAC (SK), Richard Allen Burton, actually served time in Federal prison twice for continuing to operate without a license. 

Not exactly amateur radio at its best but interesting and quite entertaining in a perverse sort of way.  You have been warned.


Richard Burton, ex-WB6JAC, ex-KF6GKS (SK) aka "Fatty", "The Whale": Radio Felon

Richard (ex)WB6JAC and Ed WA6LEB
http://forum.near-fest.com/mm/Multimedia/JAC_and_LEB.mp3

This is KA6SIK fielding a lot of racial slurs and taunts with ease and obvious enjoyment.  His QTH was line-of-sight to the repeater and he could capture it with his signal.  Royce was only fifteen years old when this QSO took place.  The only way they could get him off the air was to call his mother and play tapes of his transmissioms.  She immediately confiscated his microphone.......
Warning: very offensive language.
http://forum.near-fest.com/mm/Multimedia/Niggamus_Blackamus.mp3
PS:Remarkable as it seems most of these guys are all buddies and hang out together at the swap meets. 

Talk about pushing buttons and stirring it up.....this guy's a pro!
http://forum.near-fest.com/mm/Multimedia/Mind_Your_Own_Goddamned_Business.mp3

This great audio capture is short.....but not sweet.  The,”slime” must have worked this guy over pretty good to evoke such a reaction.
http://forum.near-fest.com/mm/Multimedia/WB6KMO_Signoff.mp3

The group even had it's own printed newsletter, the FREE AND OPEN edited by Arnie, K6PXA.
http://forum.near-fest.com/mm/01-61-Free-and-Open-News_Letter_1984.pdf

Even the prestigious LA Times ran a featured article about the "Six-One Slime" in 1991.
http://forum.near-fest.com/mm/Radio_Renegades_LA_Times.pdf

Trustee Jay, WB6AAM received a letter from the site threatening to cancel his lease if he didn't get rid of "the slime".
http://forum.near-fest.com/mm/KJOY_Letter_to_WB6AAM.pdf

Jay responded with this letter to the users of .61
http://forum.near-fest.com/mm/Letter_from_WB6AAM_to_the_Users_of_61_1984.pdf







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Re: Southern California 2m Repeaters, Circa 1978-1983
« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2020, 07:57:55 AM »
The following piece about Richard Burton, ex-WB6JAC, ex-WB6YIO, ex-KF6GKS, appeared in the Tuesday, September 15 1992 LA Times, Metro section, pages B3 and B4.
Randy Cole, KN6W

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Ham Operator Who Makes Waves on Airwaves Faces New FCC Charges
by Bob Pool,  Times Staff Writer.

Legend has it that Richard A. Burton's problems started at church with Ronald Reagan.

By one account, the amateur radio operator made an obscenity-laced shortwave broadcast that was somehow transmitted over the loudspeaker system at the Bel-Air church where the president-elect was attending Sunday services in 1979.  By another, Reagan heard a snippet of Burton's raunchy, on-the-air comments when a Hollywood film producer cornered him afterthe service and played a cassette tape for him.

Both versions suggest that Reagan got an awful earful that day --enough to prompt 12 years of wrangling between the Federal Communications Commission and Burton. The dispute has landed the ham operator in federal prison once and now threatens to send him there again.

Burton was ordered into U.S. District Court in Los Angeles Monday morning to answer new charges that he violated FCC regulations by broadcasting without a license. The allegations are certain to further complicate Burton's effort to win his ham license back and, at worst, could land him once more in prison.

"I've never seen the ham community as divided on anything as it is on this," said John Brunk, a Norwalk medical technician and amateur operator whose friends have taken sides in the matter, often arguing over Burton's case on the air.

Foes of Burton have flooded the local FCC office with phone calls and letters demanding that he never be relicensed. They claim he continues to illegally broadcast the same profanities and epithets that first got him in trouble.

Supporters of Burton have contributed money to help him hire a lawyer to win his license back. They contend that he has harmed no one and is a victim of a government vendetta.
Ham Anthony Cardenas, a Carson computer consultant campaigning to keep Burton off the air, says that "he's served his time, but he's not a changed man."

Ted Krempa, a Mission Viejo insurance man who has donated $100 to Burton's defense, counters: "This is about a hobby, that's what's kind of silly.... what harm can a person possibly do on ham radio?"

So far, the FCC has steadfastly refused to issue a new operating permit to Burton, 48, an electronics engineer who is disabled by heart and respiratory problems. A licensing hearing scheduled for last week was abruptly canceled when an administrative law judge ruled that Burton's past convictions -- coupled with a missed deadline for his paperwork -- nullified his application.

The new indictment filed Monday alleges that Burton made illegal transmissions on May 5, May 20 and July 6. Burton pleaded innocent Monday. He was ordered to return for trial Nov. 10. Burton said Monday that he plans to appeal the license ruling to an FCC review board and the agency's commissioners if necessary.

If that fails, he as vowed to sue the government to get his license back.  He says that what started as a hobby has become a compulsion that has affected him mentally and physically. Stress from the FCC dispute caused his weight to balloon to 480 pounds last year, he said.  "I just want to talk to my friends on the radio," he said. "It's been a hard 12 years. Every day I've dreamed of getting my license back. Ham radio is my life, my fellow radio amateurs are my family. Radio is my contact with the outside world."

"I've served my time, paid my fine, served my probationary period. I've undergone the court-ordered therapy that was required. I'm rehabilitated, in terms of talking dirty on the radio. I won't talk dirty -- unless I'm provoked."

But Burton acknowledges that it was his mouth that got him in trouble in the beginning. He admits he sometimes used "barroom language" and interrupted other amateurs' conversations in the late 1970s.

"That built the fire," Burton said, "It's been downhill from there for me. Of course, I didn't help matters."  When the FCC ordered him in 1980 to watch his language, Burton brushed the warning aside. After that, when the FCC suspended his ham license, Burton kept talking. He was convicted in federal court in 1982 for transmitting without a license and broadcasting obscenities -- although the obscenity conviction was overturned two years later.

In 1984, Burton was sentenced by federal Judge Manuel L. Real to four years in prison on the license charge. All but six months of the sentence were suspended and he was placed on five years probation.

"I spent six months, 20 days and eight hours in Lompoc," Burton said. "Other prisoners couldn't believe it when they asked me what I was in for and I told them, 'For talking on the radio.'"

Burton immediately applied for a new ham license when his probation ended in 1990. But before the government acted on the request, FCC investigators again caught him talking on the radio without a license. Burton avoided a return to prison by pleading to federal Judge Robert M. Takasugi for "forgiveness and mercy."  "I don't expect the FCC or the amateur radio community to welcome me back with open arms, but I hope that some day they can show some compassion to one who has gone astray," he wrote Takasugi.

Burton was fined $2,000 and placed on another year of probation. When that period ended last fall, he applied again for a new license.  But his detractors say he again picked up a microphone earlier this year without waiting for the FCC to issue him a new permit. Amateur operator Mel Goldstein, a hydraulics company manager from Thousand Oaks, said Burton recently interfered with Ventura county hams' transmissions and uttered ethnic slurs over the aairwaves -- an allegation Burton denies.

"That guy doesn't deserve to be licensed," Goldstein said. Ed Walker, co-founder of the Baldwin Hills Amateur Radio Club, said that "it's ridiculous to go to jail for talking on the radio. But he asked for it. Richard hasn't reformed."

For his part, Burton says he is not guilty. He said a friend now has possession of his radio equipment. "It's like candy -- I want it locked up and out of my reach," he said.

Burton's supporters say he has been punished enough. Ham Mike Foster, a Mission Viejo electronics technician, said many of Burton's critics have never heard him on the air. "They've heard of him. Automatically he's a terrible guy because he went to prison," Foster said.

Hal Hileman, a Palm Springs engineer, agrees with other Burton backers who say that since the controversial ham has served his time, he should be considered rehabilitated.  He was a boyhood friend of Burton in Eagle Rock when they were Cub Scouts. Both became interested in radio by building an old- fashioned crystal set together.

"I'm a traditional kind of ham, conservative on the radio," Hileman said. "But I can't see any justification for holding back his license. It's clear to me there's a lot more going on between him and the FCC than just breaking the law." Ralph Haller, current chief of the commission's Private Radio Bureau, said the Burton case was simply triggered by FCC investigators who picked up on complaints.

"We're always facing a very delicate balance between freedom of speech and yet allowing something on frequencies that can be heard internationally," Haller said from Washington before Monday's indictments were announced.