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    HZ1TA - Prince Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

    HZ1TA, (HRH Prince) Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, who also used the HZ1UN callsign at times, passed away 22 December 2018.

    Prince Talal was the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) rep at the GCC, Gulf Cooperation Council, and was President of the Arab Gulf Program for the United Nations Development Organization, AGFUND. Many years ago, he was Saudi Arabia's Communications Minister. He was 87 years old.

    Talal, as he was called in the Washington, D.C. area, owned a 2,100- acrew property in Northern Virginia for a few years, the estate previously owned by American radio and TV personality Arthur Godfrey, who was also a ham. Both Talal and Godfrey were well-known celebrities in the area. Godfrey had a TH6 tribander. The Prince added a Telrex Big Bertha with stacked monobanders, with local advice from W4QAW, who lived nearby and had a multi-tower (AB-105) station with Telrex monobanders. Godfrey had had an indoor ice-skating rink in a log building. Talal converted it to an elephant barn, stocking the estate with exotic animals, turning it into a "game farm."
    From the Washington Post newspaper: "In 1979, Godfrey sold Beacon Hill to Saudi Prince Talal bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud. The prince, who rarely visited the estate, spent $10 million to renovate the mansion, which has 11 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, 13 fireplaces and three kitchens. He later built a villa nearby with an indoor swimming pool and racquetball court, two elevators, four kitchens, a soccer field and a heliport.

    "He sold the estate in 1986 for $16 million to Beacon Hill Limited Partnership, the group whose development plans drew opposition from neighbors. The partnership, which included former Secretary of State Alexander M. Haig Jr. and Porten Sullivan, a major Washington area home builder, unsuccessfully tried to sell the villa and mansion for $10 million to finance the construction of the other homes. The deed to the land, held by a failed Vienna savings and loan institution, eventually wound up with the Resolution Trust corporation, which auctioned off the land last June." (1995).



    HZ1TA Prince Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

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