The following was a filler in our paper this week and I found it
-------------------- from the Columbus Dispatch --------------------
Radio museum is a hidden treasure
Cincinnati (AP) - An acclaimed collection of radio equipment
from the 1920's and 1930's is one of the area's best kept secrets.
It averages less than one visitor per day.
The lack of attention is understandable given the plight of the
Gray History of Wireless Museum. It has no income, operation budget
or advertising campaign.
Its collection is on display at the Crosley Telecommunications
Center, across the street from Music Hall on the northern fringe of
"We have an identity problem," said Roger Higley, president of
the museum's board. "We'd like for people to know we're here. But
it's kind of an out-of-the-way place."
Those who know about the collection consider it extremely
valuable. The collection of the late Jack Gray, the former trans-
mitter supervisor for the Voice of America near Mason, includes
some of the first radio receivers, microphones, crystal sets,
telegraph keys, amplifiers and other components.
"Even the New York museums don't have a collection like this,"
said Conrad Doucette, museum secretary.
------------------------- end of AP article ---------------------------
Also in Ohio is the Air Force Museum at Dayton. In it you can see some
boat anchors of the military and a personal radio built (no kit) by a
WW2 POW (it's nice to know what's happening in the world besides what
your captors tell you).
Still, my favorite museum in this area for radio is the Ford Museum in
Dearborn (Detroit), Michigan. Radios, TVs and components of all ages
are on display including telegraph keys, sideswipers and bugs. One key
(not QRP I'm afraid) by Marconi Wireless Telegraph Co. controlled the
500 cycle (not Hertz) power source to a spark gap transmitter to produce
10,000 watts of RF. It handled 100 Amperes (max) at 150 volts of that
500 cycle AC. The contacts have cooling fins on them and no doubt
produced a hot fist.
Please excuse my non-QRP rambling, but I don't have access to Internet
newsgroups. I know this group enjoys learning.
Now, back to wiring my SW-30. I love it.
Kaye, KD8EK firstname.lastname@example.org
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