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George W. Richardson
updated: Jul 19, 2012, 7:55 PM
By M. Bishop
George W. Richardson passed away in Las Vegas Nevada July 12 of natural causes. He was 69 years old. Born in La Jolla to Reggie and Mabel Richardson on March 1st 1943. George grew up in La Jolla and moved to Santa Barbara in 1967. George leaves behind son David of Las Vegas and Steamboat Springs and former wife Ellen Richardson of Santa Barbara. An Avid sportsman, George was a member of the Santa Barbara 4-Wheel drive club, Pismo State Beach Dune Patrol and was an active member of the Vegas Valley Four Wheelers, Nevada Backroaders and life member of the Blue Ribbon Coalition.
George was a good friend of Carey Stanton, the owner of most of Santa Cruz Island, where he set up Ham Radio relays on the island. George loved to "Free Dive" for Abalone and camp on the island. There are many, many friends in Santa Barbara that were touched by his good humor, endless capacity for remembering great jokes and his help with all things Radio. He was the CB and Ham radio go to guy in the 70s and 80s. George could have been a candidate for the "Most interesting Man the World" contest!! No services are planned.-------------- George will be missed!!
George had been an active participant in all phases of the communications industry, including television and radio broadcasting, marine navigational electronics, Two-way radio and commercial satellite television installations and teleconferencing via satellite.
Mr. Richardson's first experience in the broadcast industry was his involvement in the building of the first color studio in San Diego for the local CBS affiliate, KFMB. He also performed transmitter site and tower maintenance during those early years.
For almost forty years he directed the activities of HEMEC Communications Inc., located in Santa Barbara. In the early years HEMEC was providing technical services to the off-shore oil industry, maintaining local communications system and supporting local broadcasters. They had an eighteen year contract supplying ABC network feeds to the local affiliate and maintained and serviced several of the local translator and transmission sites in Southern California. For two decades Mr. Richardson was a master distributor for Rohn Tower providing Communications and broadcast towers complete with engineering and installation.
In the late 1980s his company was awarded the exclusive Satellite Engineering Group for Fox Broadcasting and coordinated the networks move to the new AT&T satellite. The team also broadened their geographic coverage and started providing their services around the world for BBC, EBU and NOB. Mr. Richardson and his team worked in over thirty countries for the next ten years.
In 1994 Mr. Richardson incorporated in Nevada and gradually moved his activities to Las Vegas. He and his son Brian operated GWR Technologies, Inc/ GWRC-LLC and is the primary RF contractor to the Las Vegas Convention Center and the trade show industries. GWRC has been the exclusive contractor to the National Cable Telecommunications Association providing all CATV drops, Off-Air Reception and Satellite to the annual NCTA National Show since 2000.
Due to their extensive construction and satellite background GWRC was awarded the contract to install Cox Communications new Satellite Farm at their Henderson MTC facility. They now have maintain the eleven 4.5 meter dishes that are the primary source of Cox Communication's channel line up for the whole Las Vegas valley. The most recnt direction is proving large Internet (100mbps) service to trade shows and a 1 Gbps link to their Pahrump 180' Translator site. Mr. Richardson has been a licensed Communications Contractor for over 30 years and holds active licenses in California and Nevada.
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