The Wireless Museum

Submitted by Owen McCafferty on Fri, 2009-11-20

This little museum contains a wonderful collection of radios and wartime communication from the 1920’s onward. The collection was the work of the late Jim MacDonald who had spent his entire life collecting all things electrical. Well worth a visit, the museum is now controlled by a charitable trust.

Items you may see in the wartime sections are transmitters used for short range speech to fighters and long range morse to bombers, replica radar equipment, original gun operations map from operations headquarters in Kirkwall, bomber transmitter and receivers, pictures, documents, and the original Scapa Flow boom defence chart. The collection also includes components such as valves, coils and capacitors dating from the years before 1939 and post war; batteries as required for domestic radio receivers and charging equipment; deaf aids, both domestic and used in public buildings; magazines and publications for the enthusiast and for the trade; test gear and servicing equipment.

An easy to read, useful broadcast directory which is highly portable and of high quality, aimed at members within the Broadcast Community within the British Isles & Rest of the World. The Amateur Radio call sign GB2OWM is frequently activated at the museum. During the Orkney Science Festival every September, worldwide contacts are made and QSL cards are subsequently exchanged with the stations contacted.

Contact Orkney Wireless Museum Phone: 01856 871400

Email: sfi…@owm.org.uk

Website: http://www.owm.org.uk

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