What is the Antique Wireless Association?
The Antique Wireless Association was started in 1952 by Bruce Kelley, George Batterson, and Linc Cundall – amateur radio operators and radio collectors from upstate New York. Their initial goal was to collect and preserve early wireless and radio equipment and historical information before it was lost to future generations. Their successful AWA legacy continues after nearly 60 decades.
The AWA, with over 2,100 international members, is chartered as a non-profit organization in New York State, an IRS 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation, and is a member of the American Association of Museums. To learn more about AWA and its history, or to join, visit the AWA website.
Additional AWA Activities
In addition to the commitment to the preservation of historical artifacts at the Museum, AWA is also committed to preservation of the story associated with those artifacts. Quarterly the AWA publishes the “AWA Journal” containing features on the history and preservation of all aspects of the history of communications (click here to view samples from the AWA Journal). Additionally, the AWA publishes an annual “AWA Review” containing more extensive historical papers on communications.
The AWA sponsors a four day annual convention in August featuring technical presentations and forums, a large auction, an award banquet, equipment and artifact competition, a book sale, and an active flea market. The convention affords attendees plenty of time to renew and make friendships, time to engage in long conversations on collection, preservation and all other aspects of the hobby.
Donating Artifacts to the AWA
You may have artifacts that you are interested in donating. We would be pleased to discuss a possible donation to the AWA. Please call us at (585) 257-5119.