News items of interest to Antique Wireless Museum Followers and AWA Members

Coronavirus Impacts


Requests for private guided AWA Museum tours are now being accepted. Regular visitation days and hours continue to be suspended.

Spring 2021 “Museum Sparks


The Volume 5 No.1 issue of the AWA “Museum Sparks” has been posted.

To view or download this issue, click on button to the right.

Ham Shack Matching Donations


To date, AWA has received over 250 donations to the Ham Shack Development Fund totaling $132,543 toward our goal of $165,000 (83%).

In an effort to complete our goal, two anonymous donors have pledged $18,000 as a one-for-one matching offer. That is right! For each dollar you donate or pledge in 2021 they will match your donation dollar for dollar. What a fabulous offer and what a generous way to push us to our goal.

Now is the perfect time for us all to make the ham shack a reality. Please join me in making a 2021 donation and watch our donations double toward our goal.

On-Line Donations can be made here.  Mail-in donations info is available here

To make your donation double, please forward your donation or your 2021 pledge to my attention.

(You can contact the AWA Director using a form on the Contacts page, here.)

Robert Hobday, Director

AWA Journal Spring 2021 Issue


The Spring 2021 issue has gone to the printer. US Postal Service Mail Handling Changes may affect delivery of the AWA Journal. Cover, Excerpts and Table of Contents have been posted.

Tom Peterson – Silent Key


It is with a very, very heavy heart that I report that Tom Peterson passed away in February 2021. He was a gentle man, inquisitive, quick to laugh, and brilliant.

Tom Peterson served for 22 years on the AWA Board of Trustees and 17 years as AWA Director. Under Tom’s leadership AWA has achieved international recognition as a premier communication’s historical organization with a world-class museum. Tom led the way to develop the Thomas Peterson AWA Campus which includes 4 buildings on five acres. Tom’s leadership and support made that possible.

Tom Peterson

Tom filed for his first patent (for a perpetual calendar) at 13. He established a home laboratory and continued to invent and publish in peer-reviewed journals for decades. Tom attended MIT, but returned early to help with the family firm, Preformed Line Products. His father had founded the firm in 1947 after inventing an advanced protective rod to cover conducting lines for electric utilities. Tom also had a passion for photography that had been inspired by one of his MIT professors. Even as Tom continued to support his father’s enterprise, he also pursued this emerging art. He eventually founded Motion Picture Sound, Inc., which provided audio services for corporate and government projects as well as Hollywood movies like A Christmas Story.

Upon his retirement as AWA Director, the AWA Board of Trustees elected him Director Emeritus. Tom received the AWA President’s Award in 2007. Also, a member of Radio Club of America, Tom received the RCA Ralph Batcher Award in 2017.

I always enjoyed our long conversations (they were never short), his enthusiasm, his thoughtful counsel, his encouragement, and his support. He will be missed by all and especially by those lucky to be able to call Tom their friend.

Bob Hobday



The AWA LEARN IT, BUILD IT, FIX IT class series is now scheduled to begin April 10, 2021. Learn Basic Radio Repair 101. Details are available by clicking on button to the right.

“Silent Key” October 21, 2020


Howard A. Corey W1CL

It is with a heavy heart that I report that Howard Corey (“Howie”) of Randolph Center, VT passed away October 21, 2020 after a brief illness. He attended the AWA Annual Conference each year and I looked forward to chatting with him every year. Howie was a quiet man worth listening to and always was trying to learn something new by asking questions. He grew up in Bristol, CT and after high school attended the General Motors Institute where he majored in engineering. After graduation, he worked on brake design at the Bristol GM plant for several years.

From 1961 to 1964, Howard served in the Air Force. He attended electronics and radio school and served in Korea where he maintained aircraft navigational aids. After his service, Howard returned to Connecticut where he worked in television as a transmitter engineer at WTIC in Hartford.

From 1961 to 1964, Howard served in the Air Force. He attended electronics and radio school and served in Korea where he maintained aircraft navigational aids. After his service, Howard returned to Connecticut where he worked in television as a transmitter engineer at WTIC in Hartford.

Howie retired from WTIC and moved to Randolph Center where he lived high on a hill assuring good radio reception. He was an active member of the National Association of Amateur Radio, American Radio Relay League, and the Antique Wireless Association.

Howie enjoyed dinners with family and his many friends and conversing with his radio friends all over America. The Annual AWA Conference will not quite be the same without Howie to talk to.

His smile, humor, conversation and friendship will be sorely missed.

Bob Hobday

2021 Annual Conference – DATE CHANGE


AWA is planning to resume the “in-person” annual AWA conferences in 2021. In order to give as much time for the distribution of COVID vaccines into the general population and thereby increase the probability that we can have an in-person conference, the 2021 AWA Annual Conference has been rescheduled to October 5 to 9, 2021 at the RIT Inn and Conference Center. The dual themes will be “100 Years of Radio Broadcasting” and “The Evolution of Amateur Radio”. Hopefully a rapid distribution of the COVID vaccines will make the world safer and an in-person Conference possible.

Timothy Martin WB2VVQ Elected AWA Trustee


Timothy Martin WB2VVQ of Lee, Massachusetts, has been elected to the AWA Board of Trustees. A member of AWA for over 40 years, Tim retired from General Dynamics where he was an electrical and systems engineer for 42.5 years. He is a professional engineer, a member of IEEE and Tim was appointed AWA Review Editor in 2019.

The AWA Board warmly welcomes Tim to the Board.

AWA Museum Director Interviewed


Chris Kretz of the Long Island Radio & Television Historical Society, conducted an interview with AWA Director Bob Hobday about the AWA Museum and the Association. The interview is available via the Society’s Podcast.

On AWA YouTube Channel


AWA has released 2 videos to our YouTube Channel in the past few weeks.

The first is an AWA Classic, “An American Inventor, about Edwin Howard Armstrong. In this piece, AWA founder Bruce Kelley interviews two witnesses to some of the twentieth century’s most important developments in radio technology, Armstrong’s widow, Marion Armstrong, and Harry Houck, Armstrong’s assistant.

The second release is “Electrons on Parade,  a 1938 film where RCA shows off the magic of vacuum tubes, how they work, how they’re made and how this technology was changing the world.

Unique Donation to AWA Museum


The AWA was fortunate to receive a major donation, generously given by the family of Ralph and Elinor Williams.

Among the items in this donation is this rare & unique Model 4066 AK Breadboard mounted in a phonograph cabinet that lowers when the lid is closed.

A photograph of the Model 4066 Breadboard and donation information can be found on the AWA Museum Curator’s Choice page.

Fall 2020 Radio Fab Lab Classes


NOTICE: Due to the restrictions on schools caused by COVID-19, students have had to make many adjustments in their studies and schedules. As a result, the AWA Museum has decided to postpone the fall 2020 Radio Fab Lab classes until February 2021.  If you have already registered, we will contact you directly.  While this postponement is unfortunate, we’re excited and ready for February!

2020 AWA Virtual Conference


Due to COVID-19 the 2020 AWA Conference was held virtually. A website page provide full access to the Conference activities and results.

For details click on button to the right.

Fall 2020 Radio Fab Lab Hands-on Workshops via Zoom


A series of 6 STEM workshops of making and exploring… for ages 9 to 16

For details click on button to the right.

AWA Conference Chair Message

AWA Conference Chair has organized a virtual People’s Choice contest. Details on the AWA Conference page HERE.

Spring AWA Board Meeting By-Laws Update

The AWA Board of Trustees has established an additional membership class – Fellow in Antique Wireless Association. Elevation to the status of Fellow is by invitation only to those persons who have been a member in good standing for the previous five years and whose contributions to AWA or to the history or science of communications are deemed outstanding by the Board of Trustees. Nominations for Fellow must be submitted in writing to the Fellows Committee of the Board and must be supported by at least two AWA members in good standing. To review the details of this new Membership Class, go HERE.

Linc Cundall Event Results Posted


Results for the 2020 Linc Cundall Memorial CW Contest have been posted at the bottom of the event page.

2020 Learn It, Build It, Fix It


The AWA announces the Spring 2020 Learn It, Build It, Fix It Classes to be held starting on April 25, 2020. A series of 5 session will provide attendees with the concepts, design criteria, hands-on construction, and testing experiences during the series of Saturday 9 AM to 1 PM hands-on classes at the AWA Museum, Bloomfield, NY.

Details are now available on this website here.