Welcome to the pages of the Airwaves Radio Club in past it was the radio section. update 02APR18.

Note:
This Thursday April 5 we start to make room in the buildings. The over flow of electronic parts and stuff will be organized to get rid of.  It has been some time that the crib in restoration had to cleaned out of the radio stuff or get thrown out. Since them it has been moved here and there. The new member to MAPS will be helping me. Was going to have a table on April 8 at the Military Show but it would be hard to be at the table very long. It isn't that the donations are not wanted it is there is no room for it till everything is organized. What I am looking for is radio equipment to display. The cost for restoration is very high. But for museum display with cleaning up is worth it. 
When the areas are cleaned out they can be used install of storage. The radio building can be used and demonstrate radio and some restoration. Hope to have a on air station to talk to other museum like the USS Cod, USS LST-325, ship museums, and others.  Maybe the radio club (Airwaves Radio Club) can grow again for members.  Need to ask for more power to the building. 

I have started a new phase to my many skills. 02Feb18
The begging of the year I purchased a 3D printer kit. I thought the price was right to do so.  I enjoy build electronic kit so this begging more mechanical I feel conformable with it.  It took me into the early morning hours to complete and make my first 3D project.  I must of did everything right not reading the instructions.  It is great to be able to make something I needed. I had circuit boards that need to be inside an enclosure. Made antenna dipole mounts. My sister wanted bears so I made her four. Designed a high wing plane. Made a boat for the grandson.  Made a bolt and nut for my friend Allen.  One of the projects is on the table at MAPS CW display to hold the charts for Morse code. Yes it take time for the printer to make items, but just sit and watch it do it's printing is time consuming but enjoyable. For a price of 139 dollars it was worth getting my needs built.  So I bought another which is smaller for the small item or parts the bigger makes. Did not stop there for a laser printer was for sale that I purchased. My budget is small so what I buy has to be in range or just go on my wish list. Other printer kit was 129 and laser was 59. Money I would of use to buy military radio devices.  The laser take a computer to run it. The other two I use a CAD program to draw up the project and then a program to convert it to a langue that the printer understands. There are programs that I can take a picture of and item or picture to print. But I enjoy drawing or going to the internet to sites that other have made and share with others. The cell phone have stands. A little code transceiver I built has a enclosure and stand. Made tools for special needs.  The spools of filament are not bad for they make many projects. I even have some that glow in the dark. I wore out parts on the big printer like the cooling blower. The bearings went out but was able to make an arm to press against the impeller to keep it running till new one came. Parts are cheap to have spare parts. Most of problems at times the table get unlevel when pulling a part off.  Had two wrecks on the big printer. One was caused my cat hair and the other the project was at max for the printer. Right now the big printer is working on a cone to put the phone inside to amplifier my voice when I talk to Mom. This new adventure is like when I got my first computer and the internet. It opened up a big world which helped to learn from.  I did not do good in school but if I had the computer it would had made a difference.  You Tube with all the information it has where other have done it and share the videos.  Keeping up with technology is explained by these people.  You break or try to fix a device. The information is there.  
                       
                                 
Small 3D printer                                             Making the vent for a radio                                          The kit for the small Printer.

Message from Rick:


I have not been to the museum as much as I want to be there. Mom who is 100 has taken up much of my time. Needed to clean her home out and sell it. Find a place for her where she will have help with meals and medical issues. When I was up there I did not get many to help with radio section. I had a few who keep me going.  Health problems are not helping either. Getting to old to do it myself so I had not choice. It was a dream to have a radio section ever since my first visit to MAPS and the Wings over the Rockies.  After these many years things just went down hill. Times change and those interested in aircraft have their hands full restoring the aircraft. I guess those interest in radio just were not in the membership. So I try to come to MAPS on Wednesdays to see what is happening and to take what pictures I can. Please forgive me but one can only do so much then things happen to deflate the dream.
Rick WIllaman

Bought a used surplus radio for events at MAPS.
The radio was expensive but normal for ham equipment. It is an AN/GRC-9 Korean radio transceiver. 

The AN/GRC-9 (often called the "Angry Nine") was a 2-12 MHz, AM/CW, low power transportable radio set which can be vehicular mounted (as the AN/VRC-34). It was fielded in the late 1940s and used through the Korean War and later in the 1950s.
BC-1306 was the for runner to GRC-9 during WWII. It had less coverage 3.8 - 6 MHz.

Hope to have it running this year. 
Will be looking for equipment that went with the radio set.
Bought a power supply to run the radio off 12VDC 7A.
Right now waiting on me to build the bias battery that is not made any more. 

  
 

Need to thank Fair Radio for having the radio and spare units. Ebay had them but they sold fast if less than 500 dollars and other are twice as much. So it was a big investment in a radio from the 1950s. Maybe it will survive a electromagnets pulse. Hope it never happens. 
12VDC  input GRC-9 power Supply from Italy provides 1.5 VDC, 500 VDC,6,3 VDC, 108 VDC, and the bias battery -4.5 VDC using coin batteries.
Looking for tubes for the set. 1l4, 1R5, 3Q4,  1S5, 3A4, and 2E22
It is an expensive project, but worth it to have technology from back then that to me was a very good design. Still waiting to make the first CW contact.

The An/GRC-9 is together in it's case.  12 VDC from my 40A power supply feeding the power unit. The builder from Italy did a fine job on the small box to produce the voltaged need for the transceiver. Pulls about 12 A.  It is a simple radio to operate 5 and 15 watts CW so it is my 5 watt QRP radio. Antenna tuner seems to work great. Like I said before they did a great job in a small heavy case to communicate with in the field. I will try it next field day in June. That is if the N8AIR and the Airwaves Radio Club are still supported by members. 

                                       


               Still looking for more WWII equipment.                                                                                                               The NE corner of the museum


                                                New area for the Radio Section. NE corner of museum.                               
New displays are being added as they are donated. Want to thank those who donate equipment to keep the past 
communication equipment for display. This is a way to keep the radio section growing. Right now the case are full and more are needed.
Thanking Ken Ramsay for the pictures and all those making MAPS Air Museum a great place to volunteer at.

Now I need help to clear out the Radio Building
But with no heat or enough power
it is cold. Solar heat never built.
After I had to move everything out of the Restoration Building into the Radio Building it filled up fast. Did not have help to clean out the Radio Building so it can become the operations building for the Airwaves Radio Club. Now that I have help it slowly is coming along.  It will be used by Ham Radio operators to get on the air to promote Ham Radio and the museum. (ARC N8AIR) 
20OCT15


Thanks to Allen I have a place to repair and play.
It was a nice warm area to work but I was in his road and store item.

Now and in the beginning.
In September Allen gave me a half of his office to make a play room.
This is in the MAPS Building
27OCT15
Sorry to say this did not work out. Allen ia a great friend but the noise and metal dust was the same as the restoration building.
So I move what I could to the radio building and the Pump Building. Still want to make a go of this.
13DEC15

A new area for the radio section to display the radios.
11NOV15
Thanks to Reed for the interest in the radio section for this area.
18FEB16
Teletype was used during the war.                                                                                                   The Gibson Girl was used to rescue many downed crews.

Comparing the 40's receiver and a modern radio.                                  Kilroy is missing now?                                Kilroy is back watching over the show cases.

                                                                                                
                                                                                       

North East corner of the hangar.                          Slowly coming together.                      It is a long walk from the MAPS building to here.

Repair room is still changing.
As I said earlier that I had to move out of Allen's building.
13DEC15

Still getting the building finished for operating.
Mixture of my and donated equipment.
27SEP15
So I left what I could for Allen and moved the rest to the radio building.
13DEC15
Moved fall of 2015.
13DEC15


Working on getting the ground level to install the fence so the generator can be installed.
Working with a stiff leg till some day it may start to work right.
Grass is coming in slowly. Guess the fence is on hold. 
Need a welder to do the work.
Gave up this idea on the fence and a box for the generator. Mary has done a lot to improve the looks of the building.
04MAY2016


                                                                   
 This was the caged in area in the cold dirty restoration building.
Had to move out of there.
12MAR08
                                                                                       
Was given this building. Cleaned it out and remodeled the inside for the radio club.
13APR10

Took on the job wiring the GZ-22 Blimp Control Car.


Built up the CW Morse Code display for the Boy Scout and Aviation Class.
04SEP12

                                                                                                             
Built Big Brother and wired the video cameras



Install the wiring and alarm system in the hangar and restoration building.                                                                                            Built the B-26 radio display.
02JAN13                                                                                                                                                                                           21NOV07
                                                                                                           Installed fans in the hangar.



        






Made up the Fox Hole Radio dispaly for the Boy Scouts.                                                                                     Wired up the computer phone lines and equipment.


New project I was asked to help with.
Help install LED lights in and on the B-26

The power panel was built to power the LED light system.  The panel was install where the main power came into the B-26 wheel well. It has two charging systems. The solar for the good Ohio sunny days and an AC charging system for the not so sunny days. Have to thank Allen and Ron for asking me to work with Denny and Bill on this project.  Denny and Bill did most of the work with wiring, making the marker light with the help of the lens make Carl. The landing and cabin light I made up and the panel. Need to train members how to operate the system. Tried to make it simple but it got confusing for some.  The leg keep me from doing to much inside the plane. It looks some what roomy inside but inside it isn't. Have to respect the crews that flew and did their duty during the war.
28DEC17

N8AIR Airwaves Radio Club Field Day
Field Day is a once a year emergency set up for Ham Radio Operators around the world. Using back up power of all kinds. Runs 24 hours trying to make as many contacts as one can make. This was the third try at the event. Weather twice did them in. This time it was set up to show MAPS member how it worked but there was no interest.

Working around the building. Plan was to make a picnic area. Also the use parts of the lift to make a generator box for the north side of the building. But plans just did not come about.

 Installed four speaker in the library ceiling for the audio system.
12AUG14

16-24AUG15
New job mowing the grass,
23AUG14
Taking a break from MAPS, back in the ground again. My leg and new knee replacement did not work.
So I could not enjoy getting back down in the meters.


27AUG14
While trying to redo the GZ-22 cabin lighting "I messed up my bad knee". Wanted new fixtures so LED light strips could be installed 
to take the load off the power supplies.
Spent two week in the bedroom instead. Still waiting on the fixtures Dan gave the project to Connor. 
Sorry to say I found out the fixtures were in the scrap and Larry got rid of it.
Thanks to Don, Bill and Jerry new fixtures and lens have been installed.

                                                                                                                                                                             
They did a great job on replacing the older fixtures. Some reason  a visitor would knock and break the old lens? 



27SEP14
Dennis Gugliotta bought MAPS two horn speakers to be mounted on the corner of the
 dog house each side outside so that the visitor outside can hear what is being said on the PA system inside.
This all has changed. Bruce who works with sound equipment has done a great job in the hanger sound.



It was once a dream to make and leave displays for the kids to learn from and help them to spark an interest in electronic is flaming out.
Times change and people change.
Dreams need to be done before time washes them away.

Working at home on my own projects. This is my QRP suit case portable station. All mode / All bands. 
14AUG14
Here it is the end of 2017 and I am still at home working on Projects.




Some reason I just could not get everything to come together.
If some group can come along and help me get this going sure would be a blessing.
Now I don't have the strengthen to carry on.
17JUL17
I am hoping someone can step in and get thing rolling even better
for I feel communication between museums would be a goal.
Showing radio equipment of the ages and using them to to demonstrate to visitors radio.
Technology is changing so fast that radio will be forgotten, these radios of the past will end up in the shredders.
This was the reason for the radio building and the room on the second floor.
So MAPS member could had their area to work on radio and a club to share their knowledge to others.
The day of old electronics has faded away. As long as it can be keep a part of the modern ages it can to taught.
There is talk that some day the new technology will fail and the old tube and direct wired radios will be in demand.
This is my update to pass on.
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