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YOUR DONATIONS WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

The Antique Wireless Association is an IRS approved 501(c)(3) tax exempt corporation chartered by the Board of Regents of the State of New York Department of Education. All donations go to support the Antique Wireless Association and its sponsored Antique Wireless Museum’s preservation and educational efforts.

Can you help make a difference in a child’s future – spark their interest in science and technology? Can you fascinate an adult with educational classes? Can you make a senior’s trip down memory lane a highlight of their day?  Yes, you can through a thoughtful gift to AWA.

Support the Antique Wireless Museum and its Efforts Preservation

Cash donations are of the greatest value to the Museum, allowing the Museum’s Trustees to prioritize as needed. However, equipment donations are possible and may be desirable. First review the Museum collection criteria using button below, although storage space is limited, we are alway seeking unique items, especially if they are in good condition. It will be best that you contact the Museum Curator and discuss a possible donation with him. The Curator’s e-mail contact is Curator@antiquewireless.org. Complete AWA Museum staff contact information can be found on the Contacts page of this website.

To review the AWA Museum collection criteria, click on button to the right.

Help AWA provide for the preservation, sharing, and education of communications history by making a charitable gift to AWA. For many, cash is the easiest. There are two convenient ways to DONATE funds to AWA.

Your thoughtful and generous tax-deductible gift will make a difference by supporting these initiatives and THANK YOU!

Use the button to the right to make a cash donation using our on-line store.

Use the button to the right for information regarding making a donation by US Mail.

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Below you will find some examples of current Antique Wireless Association efforts.

Artifact Collection and Preservation

The AWA Museum collection requires constant preservations effort with respect to existing as well as new collection artifacts. In addition to routine cataloging and physical restoration, a large library of documentation is being built to assist historians. When unique, efforts include making the artifact functional. Overtime the Museum staff builds new displays to exhibit and demonstrate the artifacts unique design and functionality. The exhibits on-display in the Museum can be reviewed using the on-line Virtual Tour.

Education

“Radio Fab Lab” – Radio Fab Lab is a series of hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) related classes for youngsters age 9 to 16. Since the start of classes in 2017, 82 students have attended these classes. For more information about this series for home schoolers or Saturday sessions, visit the “Radio Fab Lab” page.

“Learn It, Build It, Fix It” – These are classes for adults to learn about and experience hands-on classes in electronics. The current class will learn about amplifiers and build a tube guitar amplifier kit.   To review our current offerings, visit the “Learn It, Build It, Fix It” page.

Public School Educational Outreach – The New York State Department of Education inserted an element in the fourth grade curriculum on waves. In cooperation with the Bloomfield Central School District, AWA taught a 45 session in each of the fourth grade classes and had the classes to the Museum to build a code practice oscillator kit and learn some Morse Code.

AWA plans to expand the scope and reach of these classes and educational outreach as resources allow.

Junior Historian Program at the Museum

The purpose of the program is to provide students with the opportunity to enhance their learning, presentational and interpersonal skills by providing historian training at the Antique Wireless Museum. The role of a volunteer historian is to “tell the stories” behind the artifacts on exhibit as they guide visitors through the Museum. “Telling the stories” requires learning the histories and facts and developing an interesting, cohesive, educational, and entertaining interpretation of the exhibit. This is a great educational opportunity for students to gain presentation experience and enjoy the rich history exhibited by the Museum.

After Hours at the Museum

After Hours at the Museum is designed to be entertaining and informative for adults and young adults. This series has been great fun, educational, and entertaining. The presentations are held in the Antique Wireless Museum on Wednesday nights beginning at 730 pm.  The Museum opens at 7 pm for attendees to enjoy the Museum before and after the presentation. The current offerings for this program can be found on the After Hours at the Museum page.

Expansion Effort – AWA HAM Shack

Phase III of the Antique Wireless Museum will build a 1920 square foot addition on the east side of the Museum building to house amateur radio exhibits, multiple working ham radio stations, and office/working space for the Registrar’s volunteer group.

The proposed development will provide:

  • A major new exhibit hall dedicated to amateur radio for the touring museum visitors.
    • The exhibit space will feature fully functional equipment from significant decades of amateur radio as well as static displays.
    • Our plan is to create multiple operating ham stations to be made available to licensed amateurs such as is done at ARRL’s W1AW.
    • Museum Technical Staff is already at work restoring equipment to be used.
  • Space to put James Millen’s W1HRX 1930’s AM station back on the air after a long hiatus.
  • Although available as a major new exhibit for visitors, the new ham shack will have its own rest room and could be used for events/meetings/classes after hours without the Museum being open.
  • Space for the Registrar’s volunteers to process the many donations received each week. Currently, that volunteer group does not have enough space available in their location in the back of the Museum building to work efficiently.
  • As an additional bonus, transfer of the Registrar’s operation to the new addition will make additional exhibit space available in the Museum.

If interested, please consider making a donation using our Donate On-Line page.