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RADIO WAVE WIZARDRY!

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CLOSED FOR THE WINTER UNTIL SATURDAY FEBRUARY 1, EXCEPT BY SPECIAL APPOINTMENT FOR OUT OF TOWN VISITORS (USE THE CONTACT FORM TOWARDS THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE).

FREE ADMISSION TO ALL

STEM Students and Group Tours Welcome!

Virtual Tour Using Your Smart Phone

Copyright 2019 Southern Appalachian Radio Museum Inc.

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WHAT'S YOUR INTEREST?

Hear the exciting story of how invisible radio waves were first theorized, then proven in the lab, then used to contact ships at sea and even send messages across the ocean!  Try you hand at Morse code (dots and dashes use to send messages).  See a replica of the first radio wave detector and how it works.  Learn about the huge impact of radio in the 1920s on rural western North Carolina.

See more than 50 transmitters and receivers, beginning with an early 1900 spark gap transmitter for Morse code.  See a working ham station and learn how hams can work through the internet and even contact the international space station!  And, we can explain how YOU can become a ham, joining more than 700,000 hams worldwide.

Try your hand at tuning a hundred year old "crystal" radio, or a 1920's farm radio (hint:  it takes turning three separate tuning dials).  Listen to famous old radio broadcasts such as the wreck of the Hindenberg blimp, President Rosevelt declaring WW II, or funny old radio comedy shows.  Learn about WWNC, the area's first radio station (still broadcasting today).

 
 

MISSION

Opened to the public in 2001 by a small group of amateur radio operators, we have evolved from being a collection into a teaching museum, where people of all ages can learn about the history of radio technology and wonder at the equipment and how it evolved.  Our mission is:

  • To foster an understanding of the technology and history of amateur and commercial radio development and an appreciation of the impact this has had.

  • By collecting and preserving radio equipment, advertising and other memorabilia, in an education-oriented museum, with hands-on displays and a working ham station

  • And, through outreach, offering education programs and tours for interested students.

  • In doing so, stimulate student interest in science, technology and engineering (STEM).

Read a QST article about the museum.

MUSEUM VIEWS

THE MUSEUM IS GRACIOUSLY  HOSTED BY THE A B TECH

DEPARTMENT OF ENGINEERING AND APPLIED TECHNOLOGY

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THINGS YOU CAN DO

  • SEE the vintage equipment you love (and maybe used!).

  • WATCH a live ham station.

  • LEARN how hams help in emergencies.

  • FIND OUT how YOU can easily become a ham!

  • LEARN how Heinrich Hertz proved invisible radio waves exist.

  • WATCH a spark transmitter cause a Marconi device detect a radio wave.

  • SEE a 1907 Morse Code "ticker tape."

  • LEARN how newly invented radio saved lives when the Titanic sank!

  • SEE the first home "crystal" radios (no batteries required!).

  • TUNE an early battery operated farm radio (not easy... three dials to tune in a radio station).

  • LEARN how vacuum radio tubes were invented and what they do!

     

AND... learn about how radio waves make our modern technology work!  Cell phones, GPS, wireless internet routers, Bluetooth speakers, remote car door openers, radar, photos from space... all rely on radio waves!  We'll explain how.

 
 

INQUIRIES, HOURS, ADMISSION, DIRECTIONS

AND CONTACT INFO

Inquiries

For any inquiries, suggestions or special appointments, please fill out the following form.  tt sends us an email and we generally respond within 24 hours or sooner.

Hours & Admission
Museum Address

315 Elm Building (near 283 Victoria Road)

Asheville - Buncombe Tech Comm. College

Asheville, North Carolina  28804.  For detailed directions, click here.​

Open 1 PM to 3 PM on Fridays and Saturdays through November 23, 2019.  Then, closed for the winter and reopening on Saturday February 1, 2020.  If this does not fit your schedule, we can often arrange a special appointment (use the contact form below... scroll down).   Free admission to all. 

Volunteering

Would you enjoy helping us maintain and restore the collection?  Welcome visitors?  Educate STEM student visitors?  Please use the inquiry form to the left.

Directions

The museum is in Asheville in Western North Carolina, easily accessed via I-26, I-40, and  Highway 19-23.  It is located in Room 315 of the Elm Building at A-B Technical Community College.  Elm is handicap accessible.

 PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR A GOOGLE MAP AND DETAILED DIRECTIONS.


 

Contact Us
Museum Address

For any inquiries, questions or suggestions, please use this contact form:

The Asheville Radio Museum is owned and operated by the Southern Appalachian Radio Museum, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation.

The museum is sponsored by QCWA Chapter 145.

Officers:

Steve Carter (KJ6PZB), President          

Alex Hagerty,(W4JHU), Vice-President

Stuart Smolkin WA5EYI), Secretary, Curator    

Lee Johnson (KB4QDQ), Treasurer   

                             

Members at Large:

   Carl Smith (N4AA), Founder (deceased)

   Clint Gorman (K4KRB), Founder                 

   Dean Martin (WA4CNI  

   Myron Cherry (K4YA)                               

   Ron Beaver (WB4OQL)

   Richard Brown (KN4SXM)

   Alexander Hagerty (W4JHU )

   Dan Williams

​Asheville - Buncombe Tech Comm. College

315 Elm Building  (near 283 Victoria Road)

Asheville, North Carolina  28801

Free parking in the multi-story garage behind the Elm Building (see map above).​

Group Tours

Ham clubs, student groups, church groups... all are welcome!  Use the contact form (to left) to arrange a convenient time.

Become a Museum Member!

Would you enjoy helping us maintain and restore the collection?  Welcoming visitors?  Educating STEM students?  Please use the contact form on this page.  Or, stop by our monthly meeting at 3 PM on the second Friday of each month (except December and January) in room 315 of the Elm Building (see directions above).

Contribute to the Collection

Do you have something interesting to expand the collection?   If we are able to accept your donation, you can claim it as a tax deduction.  Please use the contact form on this page.

Support the Museum

We provide free admission, made possible by our small group of volunteers.  It will help tremendously if you can make a small contribution to support our work.  If so, please click the Donate button (below).  Thank you!

Suggestions and Comments

We welcome your suggestions.  Please use the contact form on this page to send us your ideas. 

The Southern Appalachian Radio Museum Inc

Smoky Mountain QCWA Chapter 145

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