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1300 Frenchtown Road
East Greenwich, RI 02818 USA
Telephone: 401-885-0545
Frederick Jaggi, President

Wireless Building

The wireless building shows the span of electric communication from telegraph to TV. It features keys, sounders, crystal sets, tubes, microphones, ocean cable instruments, spark transmitters, detectors, an 1881 Dolbear receiver, an 1899 Marconi coherer, and a jigger and spark set exactly like the one used to call for help on the Titanic in 1912.

It includes the wireless collections of noted wireless pioneers and historians. The main ones are as follows:

Fred M. Barstow, Selwyn Niveson Blake K1CPW, Richard Brunner AA1P, Merrill Budlong W1MB, Louis Carini W1BOC, Allen D. Cardwell, Benjamin Dolbear (son of Amos Emerson Dolbear), Lloyd Espenshied, Arthur Goodnow W1DM, Nathan Hallenstein, Charles C. Harris, Herman Hollerith, Gilbert Johnson W1DZ, Walter W. Massie, Thorn L. Mayes W6AX, Robert Merriam W1NTE, Fred Penard, Jack Perry, Stu Perry W1BB, Vance Phillips W6GH, Eunice Randell W1MPP, Ed Raser W2ZI, Robert Shaw, Ken Thompson W1PS, Gerald L. K. Tyne, Charles R. Underhill, Frank Wingard W9EWH.

Mechanical Television Information is here.

Loose Couplers
Crystal Receivers
Induction Coils
Hugo Gernsback
Cable Equipment
Edwin H. Armstrong
Amos Emerson Dolbear
Thomas A. Edison
Reginald Aubrey Fessenden

A small selection of the commercial receivers on display.

Spark Wireless transmitters.

Wireless test instruments.

Broadcast receivers.

Short wave receivers.

Early receivers.

Early experimental electrical equipment.

WW-I Navy Standard 1 KW Quenched-Gap Transmitter.
Wireless Specialty Apparatus Co. IP-501-A Receiver.
WW-I Navy Standard Key.
Marconi Type I Changeover Switch.
Marconi Lightning Switch.
Four Wire Flat Top Antenna.

Reginald Fessenden and his Brant Rock Station.

Western Electric CW-924 Transmitter Receiver.

Details on the IP-501-A receiver from the Western Historic Radio Museum.

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