Vintage Radio and Communications Museum of Connecticut   2 comments

As part of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Teacher’s Institute 2 (TI-2), we were invited to tour the Vintage Radio and Communications Museum of Connecticut. It was a brief tour, and there was so much to see in this museum! Unfortunately, my camera did not like the lighting, so I only have a handful of photos.

The very first station I saw was one that had a bunch of telegraph keys. Most of the photos did not turn out, including the one of the Civil War era telegraph and tape used to send messages automatically. Here are some of the other keys:

One of the major highlights for me was the section on movie projectors. Once again, my photos didn’t turn out, but they had real “lime lights” and several other neat lighting devices used by Thomas Edison for stage performances. Two of the projectors were awesome. The first is shown here:

The second is here. Notice the record player in front; there was a large foot pedal that dropped the needle on the record so that the movie could have sound.

And, of course, there were shelves of all sorts of old radios. These were smaller; the row before (once again, blurry, low light photos), was titled, “The Radio as Furniture.”

This fridge has a radio built into where we would have a freezer today. This fridge was also the first one to have shelves. Inside the fridge was a small box used as a freezer: in the late 1930’s, there was no flash-freezing like we use today to freeze vegetables and meat, so there was little demand for a large freezer!

Also, there was a row dedicated to old phone technology. One of the ladies from our group pretended to be a phone switchboard operator. They were known for knowing all of the town gossip, as they had to occasionally listen in to see if the call had finished.

There were a few shelves of amateur radio equipment; some of which I did not consider antique, such as this Kenwood TS-130S. I had one in the car for the entire trip across country to Connecticut and made quite a few contacts on it along the way!

However, other amateur radio equipment was a little older and quite fascinating.

If you are ever in the Windsor, CT, area, this is a great place to see. Prepare to spend an hour or two, easily, even if you aren’t really interested in radio. If you are interested, expect to spend three or four hours.

Thank you for reading my post, and visit this museum!


2 responses to “Vintage Radio and Communications Museum of Connecticut

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  1. just wondering, do you do a ham radio field day at your museum??? Field day is held each year last weekend in june??? would be nice
    seeing some of those old ham radios do what they were made to do…thank you w2bud…..warren (Buddy) Shepherd…

    warren (buddy) Shepherd w2bud my ham radio call
    • It’s not actually my museum, I just visited it a few summers ago. I know that they have an operating station in the museum, so perhaps they do. If not, I bet someone would be willing to put one together.

      Thank you for the comment!

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