The Huntington Museum of Radio and Technology

The Museum of Radio and Technology will be the operating location for the West Virginia Chapter of the North American QRP CW Club on Feb 8th, 2014. If you look closely, you will notice a nine element beam on the right side of their building. I’ll be using it between the hours of 10 am till 2 pm.

The North American QRP CW Club has graciously given me permission to use their club call sign of  N3AQC for this event  .   

I’ve kept a link to the Museum of Radio and Technology on the right side of this blog since I began writing about ham radio. Its a fantastic organization and only about an hours drive from Charleston. There is no charge for admission but they have a voluntary donation box is located in the hallway. Official membership is an annual fee of $25 dollars.

This museum is one of the biggest (10,000 square feet) and best of it’s type in America. This is the site of the Radio and Technology WV8MRT  club station and the club station for the Tri-State Amateur Radio Association . My gratitude goes to both these fine organizations which are allowing me to operate my QRP station from there.

You owe it to yourself to look at the “Ham Radio” sections of the Museum Site

The video at the top portion of the Museums opening page shows a workable “spark gap” transmitter and there are several pages of the web site devoted to hams who have lived in my home town of  Charleston WV.

Al Hicks (W8AH) worked an amazing 362 countries on the 40 meter band. “A feat nobody else anywhere has ever matched”. Those QSL cards are on display at the Museum. His call sign is now used by the West Virginia DX Association  .   

A friend of mine, and also a silent key, Bernie Clark (W8PNR) built an amplifier which was so large that he enclosed in an an old refrigerator which is on display at the Museum. I never heard it on the air but I understand he was always 599 on every contact. One of our WV Chapter club members (W8GDP) and I always talked with Bernie on the Kanawha Amateur Radio Club  repeater on our morning commute to work.

We will be transmitting on, on close to, all the standard QRP frequencies from 40 meters to 10 meters. I’m looking forward to this “special event” from the Museum of Radio and Technology. I’ll send an “electronic card” to those who request them.

This is primarily a NAQCC event but it’s open to everyone. The exchange will be Call, Name, State and either NAQCC number, or if not a club member, your power level.

If I hear you, I’ll work you.


John Smithson, Jr., N8ZYA, is a regular contributor to and writes from West Virginia, USA. Contact him at [email protected].

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