Ham Radio

The museum now houses an operating ham station (call letters K3RTV) comprised of both vintage (boat anchor) and modern receivers and transmitters. Station manager Jim Wallace is often on duty operating the station when the Museum is open. Located in the museum entrance (in addition to the museum gift shop), the station contains vintage ham equipment (such as a Johnson Ranger and Hammarlund HQ-140X) as well as a modern digital transceiver. Visitors with amateur radio licenses may operate the station, as long as there is a volunteer present who has been checked out on the operation of the station.

The museum’s library also contains an excellent collection of amateur radio magazines (e.g., QST, CQ, Ham Radio), as well as numerous books on ham radio published by the American Radio Relay League and others.