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Other Name
HOMEMADE SHORTWAVE RADIO, TUBES AND SPEAKER
Date Range From
1937
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
METAL, GLASS, CLOTH
Catalogue Number
P20090031014
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
HOMEMADE SHORTWAVE RADIO, TUBES AND SPEAKER
Date Range From
1937
Date Range To
1950
Materials
METAL, GLASS, CLOTH
No. Pieces
7
Height
18.0
Length
25.7
Width
45.7
Description
HANDMADE METAL RADIO WITH BROADCAST DIAL. ALSO INCLUDES SPEAKER, OSCILATOR COIL, BOXED WESTINGHOUSE TUBE AND BOXED ROGERS TUBE - 7 PIECES. 1. RADIO, HANDMADE. RECTANGULAR METAL BASE. TOP HAS FOUR PERFORATED METAL COLUMNS, FIVE UNPERFORATED METAL COLUMNS, ONE HOLLOW BROWN COLUMN WRAPPED IN COPPER WIRE, THREE MEDIUM SIZED GLASS TUBES AND A SQUARE BOX MARKED "HADLEY TRANSFORMERS, LOS ANGELES". THE FRONT OF THE BASE HAS ONE ROD STICKING OUT AND ONE LARGE DIAL WITH MARKED WITH NUMBERS "BROADCAST KILOCYCLES" AND DEPICTING A WORLD. THE DIAL IS ATTACHED TO A METAL BOX WITH AN OPEN TOP WHICH EXPOSES MULTIPLE SLATS. ALSO ATTACHED IS A ROWN CLOTH ELECTRICAL CORD WITH TWO-PRONG PLUG. 18.0 CM HIGH BY 25.7 CM LONG BY 45.7 CM HIGH. 2. OSCILATOR TUBE, WIRE, PAPER AND UNKNOWN MATERIALS. ONE END OF TUBE HAS A HOLE IN IT. TUB IS WRAPPED IN WIRE. SOME PAPER IS EXPOSED. TUBE IS LARGELY BLACK/BROWN IN COLOR EXCEPT FOR ONE END WHICH SHOWS AN UNKNOWN WHITE SUBSTANCE. 8.6 CM HIGH BY 4.8 CM IN DIAMETER. 3. SPEAKER, UNMOUNTED. FRONT OF SPEAKER IS CONCAVE, LINED WITH HEAVY, GREY PAPER. OUTSIDE IS SILVER COLORED METAL WITH A COLUMNAR SILVER COLORED BACKING PIECE HELD ON BY A SINGLE SCREW. ATTACHED TO THE BACK OF THE SPEAKER IS A SQUARE BOX FILLED WITH PAPER AND WIRES WHICH CONNECTS TO A BROWN CLOTH ELECTRICAL CORD WITH A FOUR-PRONGED PLUG. BLUE LABEL MARKED, "OXFORD... OXFORD TARTAK, RADIO CORP., MADE IN USA". 10.9 CM HIGH BY 21.0 CM IN DIAMETER. 4. BOXED TUBE. BLACK, GOLD AND WHITE, RECTANGULAR CARDBOARD BOX MARKED, "WESTINGHOUSE ELECTRONIC TUBE..." TUBE TYPE "6CA7/EL34". GLASS TUBE INSIDE MARKED "6CA7/EL34" AND "XF5, L2E" BOTTOM OF TUBE IS BROWN PLASTIC WITH SINGLE PLASTIC PRONG SURROUNDED BY EIGHT METAL PRONGS. 2 PIECES. 5.0 CM HIGH BY 13.0 CM LONG BY 5.0 CM WIDE. 5. BOXED TUBE. GREEN, YELLOW AND WHITE CARDBOARD BOX MARKED, "GUARANTEED, ROGERS, ELECTRONIC TUBE". TUBE TYPEE "12AF6". SMALL GLASS TUBE INSIDE HAS A POINTED TOP. GLASS MARKED, "12AF6, AUTOMATIC". BOTTOM OF TUBE HAS 7 METAL PRONGS. 2 PIECES. 2.5 CM HIGH BY 7.9 CM LONG BY 2.3 CM WIDE.
Subjects
TELECOMMUNICATION T&E
Historical Association
EDUCATION
TRADES
History
ACCORDING TO THE DONOR, WENDY AITKENS IN AN INTERVIEW CONDUCTED BY NICOLE HEMBROFF, COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT, IN JULY OF 2011, THE RADIO AND ITS COMPONENTS WERE LIKELY MADE BY HER FATHER, WALLY JAMIESON. SHE SAID, "WALLY STUDIED RADIO TECHNOLOGY AT THE NATIONAL SCHOOL IN LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA FROM 1937-1939. HE WAS FASCINATED BY RADIOS AND ALL THINGS ELECTRICAL. THIS RADIO MAY HAVE BEEN A SCHOOL PROJECT OR IT MAY HAVE BEEN SOMETHING HE MADE FOR THE PURE CHALLENGE OF BUILDING HIS OWN RADIO. I REMEMBER HIM MENTIONING HIS HOMEMADE RADIO WHEN HE WAS NEAR THE END OF HIS LIFE. IT IS WRAPPED IN LETHBRIDGE HERALDS AND EDMONTON JOURNALS FROM THE LATE 1940S." AITKENS SAID HER DAD'S INTEREST IN RADIOS STARTED WHEN HE WAS A BOY. WHEN HER FATHER WAS GROWING UP IN SYLVAN LAKE, AB HIS "UNCLE GOT HIM A CRYSTAL RADIO SET WHEN HE WAS ABOUT 12 YEARS OLD. HE'D BEGGED FOR IT. ONCE HE PUT IT TOGETHER HE WAS HOOKED. I HAVE DAD'S RADIO OPERATOR'S LICENSE [FOR THE PROVINCE OF] ALBERTA. IT'S NUMBER 7. IT DIRECTED THE REST OF HIS LIFE. HE HAD THE KNOWLEDGE OF AN ELECTRICAL ENGINEER. " ACCORDING TO THE DONOR, HER FATHER GAINED HIS KNOWLEDGE THROUGH EXPERIENCE - LIKE MANY MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY. WHILE SOME OF HER FAMILY HAD GONE TO NORMAL SCHOOL, HER GENERATION WAS THE FIRST TO ATTEND UNIVERSITY. FOR FAMILY HISTORY SEE P20090030001.
Catalogue Number
P20090031014
Acquisition Date
2009-09
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
AMATEUR “HAM” RADIO
Date Range From
1945
Date Range To
1955
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL, BAKELITE, ALUMINUM
Catalogue Number
P19980039012
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
AMATEUR “HAM” RADIO
Date Range From
1945
Date Range To
1955
Materials
STEEL, BAKELITE, ALUMINUM
No. Pieces
2
Height
18.7
Length
40.6
Width
20.1
Description
HANDMADE. UNFINISHED RECTANGULAR STEEL BASE, MOUNTED WITH VARIOUS OSCILLATORS, TRANSFORMERS, AND OTHER RADIO COMPONENTS. FRONT PANEL OF BASE HAS 7 VARIOUS SWITCHES AND KNOBS, HAND-LABELED FOR FUNCTION. INCLUDES POWER SWITCH, FM/AM SELECTOR, MODULATOR DIAL, ETC., AS WELL AS INSET "MILIAMPERES" GAUGE. PIECES APPEAR TO HAVE BEEN ASSEMBLED FROM SEVERAL PREVIOUS RADIO TRANSMITTERS, AND MODIFIED FOR USE. ALSO APPEARS TO BE MISSING AT LEAST ONE COMPONENT, WHERE SQUARE HOLE HAS BEEN CUT INTO TOP RIGHT CORNER OF BASE. BATTERIES, WIRES, ETC VISIBLE ON UNCOVERED BOTTOM. INCLUDES BLACK BAKELITE KNOB WITH WHITE POINTED INDICATOR; SEEMS TO HAVE COME DETACHED FROM ONE OF DIALS ON FRONT PANEL. TRANSMITTER IS SCRATCHED AND SOILED THROUGHOUT; PIECES BROKEN AND MISSING.
Subjects
TELECOMMUNICATION T&E
Historical Association
TRADES
History
DONOR'S FATHER WAS FOUNDER OF CJOC RADIO STATION IN LETHBRIDGE. FOR MORE HISTORY SEE P19980039001-GA. *** UPDATE: THE TEXT BELOW WAS SUBMITTED AS LABEL COPY TO LETHBRIDGE LIVING MAGAZINE ON 11 JUNE 2014. AS PART OF THE RADIO COPY’S RESEARCH, INPUT WAS SOLICITED FROM MEMBERS OF THE LETHBRIDGE SENIORS’ CENTRE’S AMATEUR RADIO CLUB. FOR MORE DETAILS ON THE CLUB’S ANALYSIS OF PALMER’S RADIO, PLEASE REFERENCE THE PERMANENT FILE. “ THIS HAND-BUILT RADIO WAS CONSTRUCTED BY JOHN E. “JOCK” PALMER, AND WAS DONATED TO THE GALT MUSEUM & ARCHIVES BY HIS SON JOHN IN 1998. “JOCK” WAS A FAMOUS LOCAL. AMONG OTHER ACCOMPLISHMENTS, HE FOUNDED LETHBRIDGE’S FIRST RADIO STATION, CJOC, IN 1926. JOCK’S FAMILY SETTLED IN LETHBRIDGE IN 1905. WHEN WORLD WAR ONE BROKE OUT, HE JOINED THE CANADIAN INFANTRY AS A MACHINE GUNNER. A SERIOUS WOUND ON THE BATTLEFIELD IN 1916 FORCED HIM TO TRANSFER TO THE ROYAL FLYING CORPS (RFC) IN 1917. GARRY ALLISON, A REPORTER WITH THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD, WROTE ABOUT PALMER IN JUNE 2000 IN THE HERALD ARTICLE “PALMER WAS A JOCK OF ALL TRADES”. IN IT, HE WRITES THAT PALMER DEVELOPED HIS RADIO SKILLS WHILE WITH THE RFC AND THAT HE “PIONEERED AIRCRAFT-TO-GROUND RADIO HOOK-UPS, WITH A TELEGRAPHER’S KEY STRAPPED TO HIS LEG [WHILE FLYING].” IN NOVEMBER 2013, MEMBERS OF THE LETHBRIDGE SENIOR CITIZENS CENTRE AMATEUR RADIO CLUB VISITED THE GALT TO TECHNICALLY ASSESS PALMER’S RADIO. CLUB MEMBER BLAIR SHAW IDENTIFIED A METER ON THE RADIO MARKED “A.M” FOR “AIR MINISTRY”. THE RADIO’S INCORPORATION OF MILITARY PARTS LED SHAW TO SPECULATE THAT THE OVERALL UNIT WAS CONSTRUCTED AFTER THE SECOND WORLD WAR WHEN, HE SAID, “EXCESS PIECES OF MILITARY EQUIPMENT BECAME AVAILABLE.” HE ALSO STATED THE RADIO WAS A “PROTOTYPE”, ADDING, “HE MADE IT WORK. HE USED IT FOR HIS COMMUNICATIONS, HIS HAM RADIO COMMUNICATIONS AND THEN HE WENT ON TO OTHER THINGS. HE PUT IT ASIDE BECAUSE HE THOUGHT “WELL, I MIGHT NEED SOME OF THESE PIECES FOR SOMETHING ELSE.” IT IS LIKELY THAT PALMER BUILT THIS RADIO IN HIGH RIVER WHERE HE WAS POSTED AS AN RCAF FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR IN 1941. PALMER DIED IN HIGH RIVER AT AGE 68 IN 1964.”
Catalogue Number
P19980039012
Acquisition Date
1999-04
Collection
Museum
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