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Steve Mendelsohn,  received the 2004 DeForest Audion Gold Medal  for contributions to the wireless art, bringing the sounds of history to America, and for advancing audio technology.


Steve Mendelsohn


Steve Mendelsohn has been a broadcast professional for 34 years. He began his career as an audio engineer at the Columbia Broadcasting System. During his 21 years with CBS, he provided pool audio distribution services for many historic events: The funeral of Vice President Humphrey in 1975; the Republican and Democrat conventions in 1976 and 1980; trips to South America and Africa by Presidents Ford and Carter; the first audio of the Americans held hostage in

Iran in 1980 (From Algiers and Germany): trips by Pope John Paul to Ireland in 1981 and to 7 countries in Central America in 1983; trips in 1984 by President Reagan to the Eastern Caribbean Initiative conference in 1983 and to Central America and provided pool audio services during his 1984 trip through Central America. He also was the Audio Pool Engineer at the 1988 Republican Convention, and was the Audio Engineer in Charge of the 1989 Bush-Gorbachev summit in Malta

Steve Mendelsohn joined ABC-TV as an Audio/Video Systems Engineer and was a key member of the team responsible for the design of the Monday Night Football technologies, and for designing two generations of Mobile Production Trucks.

As a studio and systems designer, Steve was on the design team responsible for ABC's first all digital control room; the first all digital communications system, and the first remote intercom system allowing reporters from around the globe to access the plant intercom system. He helped design the first all digital, triple expanding wall, Mobile unit for ABC's Monday Night Football and golf coverage. He became Senior Systems Engineer in 1997.

Mr. Mendelsohn was the winner of an Emmy for the ABC "Millennium Around the World" show on January 1, 2000, in recognition of his design of one of the most complicated communications systems ever designed for television, which brought together intercommunications, satellite and telephone technologies. He was communications engineer in charge of the 2003 Super Bowl for ABC Sports.

In his thirty year Navy/Navy Reserve Career, he has advanced from recruit to Senior Chief Cryptologist with 2 Navy Achievement awards for creating an important national security database for personal computers.

Mr. Mendelsohn, W2ML, has served on many ARRL committees and was the First-Vice-President from 1994 to 2000. He was President of the Tri-State Amateur Repeater Committee (TSARC) from 1978 to 1983.