5meter radio, AMRAD: A History Question

Michael Hawley mike at media.mit.edu
Sat Dec 6 23:45:30 CST 2003


Thanks for the note.  That jibes with what Washburn had
mentioned to me.  It would be great to find a bit more specific
information about the company that previously held your club's
moniker. . .  Which is why I'd guessed that someone in the club
might perhaps know.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Frank Gentges" <fgentges at mindspring.com>
To: "Michael Hawley" <mike at media.mit.edu>
Cc: <tacos at amrad.org>
Sent: Saturday, December 06, 2003 11:42 PM
Subject: Re: 5meter radio, AMRAD: A History Question

> Michael,
> 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
> 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
> > MIT
> >
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