Curiosity and experimentation by amateur radio enthusiasts has been a theme throughout the history of radio since the end of the nineteenth century. By the early 1920’s many experimental radio licenses were being issued worldwide and self-trained individuals keen to learn more about the fascinating subject of radio were undertaking remarkable development work, often at the leading edge of the science. In the first half of the twentieth century, amateurs usually built their own transmitters and quite often receivers and test equipment. See the article: Restoring a HBR 13 Amateur Receiver
The SPARC Museum amateur-radio section has three specific displays. The main one features the famous Collins KWM2A dating from the 1960’s with S-line receiver/transmitter, as well as a SignalOne CX7A. Vintage receivers by Drake and Mosley are also displayed. Area two is the ‘boatanchor’ collection (large tube equipment mostly from the 1930’s through 1950’s), with a variety of Hammarlund, Hallicrafters and Heathkit equipment. Finally vintage Collins A-line and E.F. Johnson radios are on display.
The museum call-sign is VE7CHR.
The station is currently off the air.