K3RTV Amateur Radio Station is Now Up and Running

K3RTV Station is now up and running.  Come see it in action from actual ham radio operators! We look forward to seeing you soon!

Thank you to everyone who helped to make the 2017 Fall Fundraiser and Gala a Success

Thank you to our Sponsors!!!!


Karen Lubieniecki and Ken Skrivseth



Todd Turner

Widmann Financial Services


Allegra Marketing Print Web

Lynn Christian

Pam and James O’Neal

A heart felt thanks to:

Ken Mellgren,  Master of Ceremonies

Maureen Bunyan, 2016 Winner of the Ed Walker Award

Arch Campbell, 2017 Winner of the Ed Walker Award

Who made the evening truly spectacular and memorable.

Thank You to Our Silent Auction Donors

Brian and Dian Belanger                Hartcorn Studios

Bowie Baysox                                    Ken Mellgren

Bowie Lions Club                             Panera Bread

Arch Campbell                                  Picaboo Creative Photos

City of Bowie Ice Arena                   David Rossetti

College Park Aviation Museum     Susan and George Scola

Crofton Bowling Center                  Surratt Historic House Museum

Ellen Dahl                                          Total Wine & More

Freeway Airport                               Ira Wexler

Andrew Garner                                Karen Whitehair

Jan Gratz Photography                  David Wolf

Stephen Hansman

And THANK YOU to everyone who attended the event.

We have a moratorium on accepting new radios for repair

We are currently not accepting any new radios for repair due to the tremendous backlog of radios.  We will place a notice on the web page when we are ready to accept new radios for repair.

Winner of Editor’s Choice for Best Things to Do in Annapolis


Jeremiah Broadway editor of the blog “Funthingstodo” just notified us that we have made the list for Best Things to Do in Annapolis, Maryland


NCRTV Museum Hours Change October 1st

As of October 1st, 2016, the hours of the National Capital Radio & Television Museum will be shifted one hour earlier than where they are now. This is in conjunction with the early sunset during the Fall and Winter months. The NCRTV Museum will be open Friday 9am – 4pm, Saturday 12pm-4pm and Sunday 12pm-4pm. For any inquiries, please contact the Museum Office at 301-390-1020.


Prince Georges County Councilman Todd Turner presented the Museum with a check for $5,000 at the annual Open House. Councilman Turner cited the good work that the Museum has been doing in the past few years. He also stated how pleased he was to be able to give a grant to allow us to continue our work on volunteer training and children’s programs. Brian Belanger and Laurie Baty accepted the check. If you’re interested in becoming a docent, please contact the office at 301-390-1020.

Photograph © Photography by Perry

Museum Volunteer Dwight Heasty

Dwight Heasty passed away on March 26. His contributions to the National Capital Radio & Television Museum are in a category by themselves. Dwight volunteered to help about the time the Museum opened its doors in 1999. He served on the board of directors and was the Museum’s volunteer coordinator from 1999 through 2006. Furthermore, he was instrumental in creating innovative interactive exhibit devices for Museum visitors that continue in use today. Dwight could make just about anything mechanical or electrical that anyone could envision. A working exact replica of a Marconi magnetic detector, an elaborate Winshurst static generator, a scanning disc television receiver, and even re-creations of 1900-era laboratory tables are just a few examples of splendid devices that help the Museum tell the story of the development of radio and television. Dwight paid special attention to making devices that children could try out and enjoy. His Jacobs ladder is still a favorite of the kids who visit.

Dwight was a skilled radio engineer. An expert in electromagnetic compatibility, he spent much of his career with RCA, and always had a love for RCA’s “Nipper” dogs. The beautiful Nipper stained glass window at the Museum is yet another example of his skill at making things, and the several donated Nippers placed throughout the Museum remind us daily of Dwight.

As you walk through the Museum and read the artifact labels, you cannot help but notice that many of the finest items in the collection were donated by Dwight. A gentle, friendly, and extremely knowledgeable man, those who had the pleasure of knowing and working with Dwight are richer for that experience. A docent who joined the Museum recently said, “I never met the man, but I feel I knew him because of the displays I see every time I am at the museum.” A bronze plaque on the wall says “With gratitude to Dwight Heasty, developer of superb exhibits, volunteer coordinator, and board member.”

Our hearts go out to his family.

Deputy Director on Local Cable Show

Deputy Director Laurie Baty appeared on the Bowie Business Journal program on November 6. Host Cindy Freland had invited Baty and Debbie Langdon, Director of the Bowie Interfaith Food Pantry to talk about non-profits in Bowie. The half-house program may be watched on You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Et1PCLajntQ&feature=youtu.be

Amateur station on air for first time with new call

The Amateur Radio Club was on air Saturday, October 20, for the first time using the new vanity call K3RTM (note: the Museum’s call has now changed to K3RTV). Paul Courson wrote, “The station is now wired and fully functional on the 40 meter shortwave band, tuned to frequency 7290 Kilocycles. By happy circumstance, one of the first contacts was Marco, N5ACR, a member of our club ! He checked in from home at Laurel, Maryland.”

Paul made a short video of the first five contacts, which you can watch on YouTube.

Partnership Continues with County Library

The Museum continues to work with the Bowie branch, Prince Georges County Memorial Library System, to present free public programs.

Saturday, September 29
2:00 P.M.
79 Wistful Vista: Fibber McGee and Molly’s Years in Radio
5210 Annapolis Road, Bowie, MD 20715

Museum Curator Brian Belanger will reprise his popular talk on Fibber McGee and Molly.

Although we think of family comedies as current and “now,” American radio comedy came into its own by the late 1930s, especially the series Fibber McGee and Molly, which maintained its popularity over decades. Premiering on NBC (radio) in 1935 it continued until its demise in 1959, long after radio had ceased to be the dominant form of entertainment in American popular culture. Museum Director Brian Belanger will discuss the history of the program and characters that appeared on the show (e.g., Doc Gamble, Mayor La Trivia, The Old Timer, Teeny, Wallace Wimple), and will play a typical Fibber and Molly program.