(used to be The Old Timer’s Bulletin or OTB)

The AWA Journal is AWA’s quarterly publication mailed to dues paying members.  Its content is a mixture of columns, radio related news and feature articles on many different facets of communications history, personalities and technology. The Autumn issue features a discussion of upcoming AWA on-air events along with a review of past events; the Winter issue contains a retrospective of the AWA Annual Conference, with the Summer issue containing full details for that event.

From the Editor Summer 2022 Issue

2022-07-15 — The Spring 2022 issue is at the printer and should be delivered soon.

Below you will find the key information regarding the latest issue of The AWA Journal. If you wish to contact the Editor, a contact from is located at the bottom of this page.

From the Editor

Welcome to the AWA Journal pre-Conference issue, and to the arrival of Summer! After an overwhelmingly positive response to the 2021 Conference’s early October date, the 2022 AWA Conference will follow the same schedule. As detailed in this issue, this year’s dual Conference themes will be “100 Years of Car Radios” and “The Evolution of Audio.” Conference details and registration forms are enclosed, and also may be found on the AWA website. Geoff Bourne and Chris Bacon have planned another fantastic Old Equipment Contest, which provides many opportunities to display your favorite vintage audio gear, as well as auto radios, converters and mobile communication equipment. As always, a talented group of presenters will host seminars on topics ranging from “Radio on the Railroad” to “How De Forest Actually Discovered the Two-electrode Audion Tube.” The concluding event will be a large Auction, featuring member items as well as surplus and duplicate Museum items. Again, we have some real gems waiting for your bids—you won’t be disappointed!

AWA was able to resume the Spring Meet this year, and I greatly enjoyed greeting friends I hadn’t seen for two years. Thanks to a busy Flea Market, I found new homes for some of my excess “projects,” parts and manuals. Of course, I also brought home two “new-to-me” items! Bob Hobday’s recap of the Spring Meet appears in this issue.

AWA “On-Air” events have continued, with adjustments to contest rules and dates designed to make these events increasingly participant-friendly, and to avoid dates when other events are competing for airspace. Complete reports about the Linc Cundall and John Rollins events appear in the “Amateur Radio” section. Thanks again to Joe Fell and the event coordinators for making these annual events successful and fun. Check out the 2022-2023 on-air dates in “Membership News” and mark your calendars.

If you use email and are not receiving AWA updates, or if you have changed your preferred email address, please contact Membership Chair Caroline MacMillen at membership@antiquewireless.org to update your information. Likewise, if your organization is listed in “Membership News,” please verify the accuracy of your listing and contact me with any changes.

I wish everyone an enjoyable Summer, and hope to see you at the Museum, and at the Conference.

 —David D. Kaiser, Editor

Table of Contents

President’s Column

Amateur Radio Column

The most current information regarding each of the contest events is located on this website selectable from here.

Journal Editor Contact

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