5meter radio, AMRAD: A History Question

Nan and Sandy Sanders esanders at erols.com
Sun Dec 7 23:25:26 CST 2003

I just read the two pages of AMRAD history in RADIO MANUFACTURES OF THE 
1920'S by Alan Douglas Vestal Press 1988. AMRAD went into receivership in 
1925 and was bought by Crosly.The AMRAD name was used until 1930.
You may also want to contact the ARRL in Newington,Ct. 5 meter (also known 
as 56 Mc ) was a very popular amateur band in the 1930s. They have a set of 
CDs with the 1930 to 1939 issues of QST ( the ARRL magazine ) with a large 
amount of information on 5 meter operation and equipment in them. Good luck 
in your search.
                                                 Elton Sanders

At 11:42 PM 12/6/03 -0500, Frank Gentges wrote:
>AMRAD is a club of radio amateurs that was formed in the 70s.  There was a 
>manufacturer by that name in the pre-WW2 era that made some of the early 
>battery tube radio receivers.  I suspect that company is the one you are 
>interested in.  If you look at books on antique radios you can find AMRAD 
>radios listed.
>The 5 meter radios are a bit more advanced than the ones I have seen 
>listed.  I suspect that AMRAD suffered the fate of quite a number of radio 
>companies in 1929 as the economy did not support the more elaborate high 
>end equipment and went out of business for lack of paying customers.  You 
>should research this line and see just what did happen.
>Take a look at Antique Electronic Supply, http://www.tubesandmore.com/ in 
>their books on antique radios.  I think I saw some stuff in one of those 
>books but don't have them to check.  You may also want to contact the 
>Antique Wireless Association as their members may have some information.
>One of our members, George Lemaster, has attended AWA meetings and may 
>also be able to help.  Go ahead and jump in George.
>Good luck in your quest.
>Frank Gentges K0BRA
>Michael Hawley wrote:
>>Greetings, and a history question.
>>I had a phone call from legendary explorer Brad Washburn.
>>He wants to know about early 5 meter radios, and recalls that in the 1930's,
>>an outfit called AMRAD supplied some of the first that were used to link
>>the Mount Washington weather station and Blue Hill (I believe).
>>Around that time, Brad's team used similar systems on Mount Crillon
>>in Alaska, and may have been the first mountaineering expedition
>>to use radio.
>>Brad needs an expert (or event an authority) in this pocket of history
>>for a quick chat.
>>Thanks for any leads.
>>Michael Hawley
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