HZ1TA, (HRH Prince) Silent Key


Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, who also used the 
HZ1UN callsign at times, passed away December 22.

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.  https://www.dailyprogress.com/saudi-prince-who-called-for-

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 

“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).


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