AWA Journal

(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.

The Winter 2023-2024,

Vol. 64 #1 Issue

From the Editor

Another mild Winter has settled into Western New York, and AWA continues to be busy!  The new Edward Gable Amateur Radio Station was formally dedicated during the Conference, and AWA volunteers have equipped it with an array of operating equipment, along with an impressive equipment display.  The Operations department has carried out much-needed repairs and upgrades to our facilities. Check out the “President,” “Curator” and “Operations” columns of this issue for photos and more details.  I’m currently completing repair work on a few items we will be displaying in the Museum, and evaluating gear for inclusion in the Spring Meet auction.  This issue includes Dave Minchella’s final installment of his step-by-step diagnosis and restoration of a classic “All-American Five” (AA5) radio.  Dave would be pleased to hear from anyone who has built or restored a device based upon one of his featured projects—or has come up with a new design.  Send him a write-up, preferably with a photo or two, and we will pub- lish it in a future Journal.  Likewise, if you’re working on an interesting project, or have questions about one, send me a note and photo, and we will gladly share it with other readers in the “Letters” department.

We had perfect weather for the AWA Conference, and all had a great time! Visit- ing with friends I hadn’t seen for a year or more was especially enjoyable.  I again moved along more of my excess “projects” and parts in the Flea Market, and (almost!) resisted the temptation to buy something.  This issue of the AWA Journal includes a complete 2023 Conference retrospective— check it out.

The new schedule for AWA “On Air” events has proven to be successful and popular, and will be continued.  This schedule provides more time between events, and avoids conflicts with other Amateur activities.  There now are new opportunities for AM transmission, and we look forward to increased numbers of participants.  Complete details about the 2023 John Rollins Event appear in the “Amateur Radio” section of this issue.  Check out the updated event schedule in “Membership News” and mark your calendars.  We continue to appreciate the hard work of Joe Fell and his team of event coordinators.

I’d like to again introduce Fred Freer, our new Classified and Silent Key Editor.  If you have contributions for either of these columns, please send them directly to him; his contact information is listed in both columns.  Fred’s bio also appears in this issue’s “Authors” column. I have really appreciated his assistance!

Please note that the Spring Meet has returned to its traditional first Saturday in May date: May 4, 2024.  We will again feature a large auction of surplus and duplicate Museum items, along with a member Flea Market, Museum tours, and a great opportunity to visit with friends.  Further details will appear on the AWA website, and in the Spring AWA Journal.

We also invite you to check out the AWA Museum Store.  The Museum Store has an ever-changing supply of projects awaiting new homes, along with apparel, books and much more!

Best wishes for a happy and successful 2024, and hope to see you at the Museum!

— David D. Kaiser, Editor

Table of Contents

From the President

Amateur Radio Column

Journal Editor Contact

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