Back in January I took an amazing tour through the radio collection of the San Francisco Maritime Museum.
Led by Bill Ruck, a maritime radio historian and chief engineer of college radio station KUSF, the tour took the 20 or so visitors through the normally off-limits radio artifacts housed at Aquatic Park.
Tomorrow, Ruck will be leading another event for fans of maritime radio history. “The History of Radio and Wireless in West Marin” will take place tomorrow in Pt. Reyes from noon to 4pm. Ruck will present a lecture and slideshow about West Marin radio history and attendees will get the chance to tour the ex-RCA coast station KSM.
When I took the tour of the radio collection at the Maritime Museum on January 15, we were able to see a reproduction of a radio room on a Liberty ship. This is where radio officers would work between 8 and 12 hours every day. In addition to the radio room, we got to see displays of vintage radios and radio equipment.
If you can’t make it to tomorrow’s event, tours of KSM can be arranged by contacting the Maritime Radio Historical Society. They also maintain a mailing list for those interested in learning about future events.
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