of tubes. “They had a heck of a time trying to get a transistor
to work all the way up to 100 kHz,” Gable said. They were
finally successful and constructed a small portable
transistor radio as a demonstrator. That radio is on display at
the museum and the AWA has all of the original engineering
documentation to go with it. “They took it on the lecture
circuit to show anyone who wanted to listen. They sold the
rights to several manufacturers including Regency who made
the TR-1 (the first commercially produced transistor radio) in
1954.” That first transistor radio put together by Bell
Telephone to demonstrate this new technology to potential
investors is on display at the museum.
Many of the displays allow visitors to actually operate
the equipment. They can talk to one another on 19th
century phones and with the help of a guide can watch and
hear spark transmitters in operation.
The Antique Wireless Association Museum is open
May through October on Sundays from 2 pm to 5 pm. The
museum is also open on Saturdays from 2 pm to 4 pm from
June through August. The museum is closed on holiday
weekends. Admission is free. The AWA Museum is located
at 2 South Ave., Bloomfield, NY.
For more information about the Antique Wireless
Association Museum, visit their website at www.
antiquewireless.org, call Edward Gable at (585) 392-3088,
or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. NV
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