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1. Kl A TLo& SngeleS Wimti rPiirn NEXT HURDLE: GETTING IT THERE Now that youths in foothilt high schools are within six months of completing o solar generator, left, for Pitcairn Island, next question is: How will they get Times photos by Ken Dare it to a remote island in the South Pacific where no ships stop regularly and where access to shore is difficult although a dangerous reef has been dredged. Does anyone have a helicopter? Pitcairn Island photos courtesy of Voice of Prophecy Teen - Agers Build Solar Unit for 'Mutiny on Bounty1 Descendants Islanders Kept Informed on Project by Short-Wave Radio Ham in Glendale Classes in Foothill Area High Schools Persevere 4 Years Eddie Pullen turned the dial slowly on the squawking short-wave radio looking for a voice out of the South Pacific in a process that has become habitual over the years. Within a few seconds, the garbled voice of Tom Christian entered the room, a voice with a sing-song intonation mixed with static and the occasional deafening pulse of an intruding ham operator. Christian's voice was barely understandable and sometimes not at all to the untrained ear. But Pullen, recording studio engineer at the Voice of Prophecy in Glendale, understood it all. For years Pullen has served as the communications source for Pitcairn Island in the South Pacific, the island where mutineers from HMS Bounty settled two centuries ago with their native women. Pullen achieved communication with the island by chance. One day he had been turning the dial when the voice of Christian, great, great, great grandson of mutiny leader Fletcher Christian, came over the air. They struck up a conversation and Christian told Pullen he knew about the Voice of Prophecy, a religious broadcasting and recording organization of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. In fact, Christian said then, the British government had agreed to send Christian to Glendale for nine months of training in broadcasting. Christian is an employe of the British government, serving as radio officer on the island, a British protectorate. Christian and Pullen have remained friends since that initial contact, a relationship that has provided Pullen detailed knowledge of Pitcairn. The lV4-mile wide island is located halfway between Panama and New Zealand, far removed from the major concerns of the modern world but equally removed from the modern conveniences such as food and clothing. Pullen is the intermediary with the modern world. Radio communication between Pitcairn and Glendale is easy enough. Pullen has developed a process to Please Turn to Page 4, Col. 4 HOW IT WILL LOOK Laurie Johansen and Patrick Rayermann check over features of model of Sunfire I, the solar thermo-electric generator that students are building for islanders. GLENDALE CONTACT Eddie Pullen keeps in touch with Pitcairn Islanders by radio. BY MIKE CASTRO Times staM Writer A special project is under way to convert the sun's energy to electrical power for use by descendants of seamen whose exploits are chronicled in "Mutiny on the Bounty." For more than four years classes of high school students from foothill communities have been tackling Project Sunfire: now they're within six months of their goal. Advisers said the project has challenged students with the practical application of scientific theory, and also with learning how to stay in the forefront of scientific development without money. "The students have bled for it." said Howard Broyles, freelance inventor and originator of the project. The project has left students with a willingness to tackle tough problems, he said. "They're not timid anymore." "It's just a tremendous learning project," said Jim Akers, physics instructor at Crescenta Valley High School in La Crescenta and a project adviser. Students participate in the problem solving and in the designing, planning and doing. Broyles said all boys and girls who want to work on the solar generator must learn how to weld as the first task. When completed the generator will measure 30 feet in length and width and will stand 25 feet high although the top mast and flagpole will reach seven stories into the sky. The generator will provide 5 kilowatts of power, enough energy to run a large household such as those in Beverly Hills with all the modern conveniences. Although the idea of a solar generator is not new, the one under construction will be the first one of its kind in the world. Sunfire l's U-shaped trough and its 60 square meter reflecting surface will rank it among the world's large solar collectors in size and accuracy of its optics. It will be the first to be joined with a wind generator and perhaps more importantly, it will be the first used to provide power for a community, the energy-starved residents of Pitcairn Island in the South Pacific. They are Please Turn to Page 5, Col. 1 GETTING IT ALL TOGETHER Students working on the project had to learn welding, and joining generator sections here are, from left, Claudia Vasconcellos, Larry Munro and Karen Gravier. OUTPOST Tom Christian, a descendant of Fletcher Christian, who led HMS Bounty mutiny in 1790, contacts Glendale by short wave radio. Supplies for the island are ordered by radio, using a Sears catalog on each end. Then the problems start, with deliveries by every means imaginable. BOARD TABLES REVISIONS Mall Zone Restrictions Hit Snag ing of mall storefronts in recent years to the Church of Scientology and an interviewing service had made the area less attractive to shoppers. Shoppers, said Michel, "want relative ease in shopping without being harassed by drunks, people taking surveys or asking religious questions." One merchant told the board that several of his customers refused to come into his store whenever interviewers from the Southern California Interviewing Service stationed themselves nearby. The service, which has been on the mall for nearly three years, hires women to interview passersby about their preferences for various consumer goods. In addition to religious and interviewing services, the merchants are seeking to ban employment services, collection agencies, lodge halls, messenger or telephone answering services, schools, bail bond broker and commercial offices. On the other hand, the proposed amendments would permit the second floors on buildings fronting on the mall to be used as collection or employment agencies, lodge halls, messenger services or commercial offices. The mall is a six-block section of San Fernando Blvd. BURBANK Proposed zoning restrictions aimed at reversing the decline of the Golden Mall as a retail area have run into opposition and become sidetracked. The Golden Mall Assn., with the support of Mayor Leland Ayers, two months ago urged adoption of a ban on new service-oriented or religious establishments on the six-block mall. Vernon Michel, president of the merchants' group, told the City Council that "it is becoming painfully obvious that the mall is deteriorating fast as a commercial endeavor." The merchants' proposed revisions to city zoning laws would not apply to existing nonretail businesses, but would prevent new ones from locating onthemalL But the Planning Board, responding to pressure from several mall landowners, has voted 3-2 to table the proposed revision pending further study of their ramifications. Opponents argued that the restrictions would make it more difficult to rent vacant storefronts because it narrows the options available to owners. Proponents of the changes argued that the rent Barteles and Mary Jo Bamev. Thev Rankin, Bruce ASSEMBLY Blocking "bodies" into boiler box of generator are, from left, John Viggiano, John are members of JPL Space Exploration Post 509.

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