Post-WWII Ham Radio Photos

The US military had taken over most or all of the ham radio band allocations for the duration. The ham radio makers were devoted to making war materiel. In some cases this meant they just added a tag and some hardening to radios they were already makeing for hams. One example is the Hallicrafters HT-4 transmitter which became the basis for the famous SCR-299 and -399 division-level radio command centers. As the boys came home, competition became fierce–and we radio collectors were left with some of the most interesting equipment that a hobbyist could dream of. Here are pictures of radios owned by PARS members with ham gear in their collections.

PARS Membership Application

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PARS Constitution

Constitution of the Pittsburgh Antique Radio Society, Inc. ARTICLE I - NAME The organization shall be known as the Pittsburgh Antique Radio Society, Inc. (Incorporated). ARTICLE II - PURPOSE The Society is incorporated as a non-profit corporation. The Society is...

Welcome to PARS!

Welcome to PARS!

The Pittsburgh Antique Radio Society (PARS) was established in southwestern Pennsylvania in 1986 by Richard Brewster, John Haught and others.[1] Its purpose is "the preservation and exhibition...

PARS Book Review: The Idea Factory by Jon Gertner

PARS Book Review: The Idea Factory by Jon Gertner

PARS Book Review: The Idea Factory by Jon Gertner Prior to the breakup of the Bell System by the federal government, Ma Bell created the prototype industrial research organization--Bell Labs. If you grew up in the 60's and 70's, you couldn't miss the work of Bell...

Don Polito Passes

Don Polito Passes

With grief deep in our hearts, we are sorry to tell you that Don Polito passed away yesterday evening at Forbes Regional Hospital after a tough- fought battle with leukemia.  Funeral and visitation arrangements were emailed to all PARS members.  Please do not directly...

Quartz Radio Crystals, Part II

Quartz Radio Crystals, Part II

As the second world war loomed, it was clear to many that science and technology would play key roles. Precise frequency control would become fundamental to what  Dr. R. V Jones termed 'The Wizard War." (read the book!--it is not to be mssed!). Other than through...

3. A New Fessenden Bibliography

3. A New Fessenden Bibliography

3rd edition, 2014 Provides lists of . . . Articles by Fessenden Articles about Fessenden Other biographical sources Fessenden in The New York Times Fessenden in the London Times Books by and about Fessenden This bibliography expands and updates the one which appeared...

1. A Bibliography of Frank Conrad

1. A Bibliography of Frank Conrad

David W. Kraeuter 3rd edition, 2014 Westinghouse employee Frank Conrad was making radio broadcasts from his home in Wilkinsburg, Pa. in 1919 and earlier. His work led to the founding of radio station KDKA in 1920.This comprehensive bibliography lists his 177 U.S....

2. The U.S. Patents of Reginald A. Fessenden

2. The U.S. Patents of Reginald A. Fessenden

2nd edition, 2007 From 1893 to 1900 Fessenden was the first chairman of the newly-created department of electrical engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. He went on to invent the heterodyne method of radio transmission. Among his many other inventions is the...

4. The U.S. Patents of John H. Hammond, Jr.

4. The U.S. Patents of John H. Hammond, Jr.

2nd edition, 2007 John H. Hammond, Jr. (1888-1965) was, like Edison, Alexanderson and Charles F. Jenkins, something of a patenting machine. Here we list his 536 patents, ranging from his 1912 patent for “Naval-war-game apparatus” to his 1968 patent for “Phase...

5. An Interview with Harold Beverage

5. An Interview with Harold Beverage

Richard Brewster2nd edition, 2007 “So I had decided when I was about 10 years old that I was going to be a radio engineer. I wasn’t going to pitch hay and shovel manure all my life on the farm. That was the beginning. When I went to the University of Maine, I took my...