Current Exhibit

Radio in World War I (March 2018–Present)

One hundred years ago World War I was raging, and Americans were doing their part to help win it. This exhibition tells the story of the use of radio during World War I. At that time radio was considered a critical new technology, and its use was considered essential to the winning the war effort. Segments illustrate:

The U.S. Navy Takes Control of All Radio Use

The U.S. Navy required that all amateur radio stations be disassembled for the duration of the war, and it took control of all commercial radio stations. When the United States entered the war, both the Army and Navy overnight had a huge demand for trained radio operators. Since most communication was via Morse code, “ham” (amateur) radio operators proficient in code were encouraged to volunteer for military service, and thousands did.

What You Will See?

Exhibit wall panels elaborate on developments in radio technology during the war and how radio contributed to winning the war. Visitors will see artifacts such as vacuum tubes of the era, a Wireless Specialty Apparatus crystal detector, an Army BC-14A crystal radio, a Navy SE-1012 direction finding receiver, a rare wireless telephone built by General Electric for the Royal Air Force, and Morse code training devices.






When Will You Come See Our Radio in World War I Exhibit?