Bill Win­ter

Model Airplane News - - TIPS&TRICKS -

From 1951 un­til 1960, an­other fa­mous mod­eler took on the role of ed­i­tor of Model Air­plane News: Bill Win­ter. Bill was a true model de­signer, builder, and flier. He cre­ated the monthly edi­to­rial col­umn known as M.A.N. At Work, which be­came a sta­ple of the mag­a­zine for many years. Dur­ing Bill’s ten­ure, the FCC au­tho­rized the use of 27.255MHz as a ra­dio­con­trol chan­nel on the then-new cit­i­zens band. That’s when we saw RC re­ally take off. This was the first time a mod­eler could build and fly RC with only a per­mit, in­stead of a ham-ra­dio li­cense. Model Air­plane News quickly took the lead in this area by pub­lish­ing ar­ti­cles on how to con­struct much of the ini­tial 27.255MHz RC equip­ment. The fa­mous Lorenz Two-Tube re­ceiver ap­peared in the Fe­bru­ary 1953 is­sue. This was a land­mark RC ac­com­plish­ment that took the av­er­age RC pilot of that time out of the dark ages and into the world of sim­ple and re­li­able ra­dio control.

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