Gray History of Wireless Collection

 This extensive display features radio from the beginning in the 1920s with the discovery of the crystal diode radio and extends to the developments through the 1980s.

Begin your visit at the newly designed timeline display that provides a visual overview of the history of wireless communications from its genesis up to today. Then visit two large display rooms. One room has early radios prior to 1930 and the second room extends beyond the 1930s to the 1980s.

The founder and namesake of the Gray Collection is G. J. "Jack" Gray, 1900-1970, W8JDV of Mason, Ohio. Born in Middletown, Ohio on the banks of the Great Miami River, Jack was only twelve when he first became interested in wireless telegraphy. It was the start of a life-long affair with all things wireless. Visit the collection at the National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting in West Chester, Ohio. Read his Bits of Wireless History. 14.7 Meg, PDF

Here is a small sampling from the Gray History of Wireless Collection. 

Meet the slim figured Gibson Girl rescue radio.

Largest R.L. Drake collection in the country.

One of several Powel Crosley collections.

National collection.

Atwater Kent Collection.

Numerous Manufactures on display.

Extensive Spark Transmitter collection.

Tombstone and Cathederal Radios collection.

Inventor R.J. Rockwell Cathanode Transmitter.

A 50 kW Hi-Fi AM transmitter with a frequency response from 17 Hz to 21.5 kHz. 

Collins Radio Collection

Walk inside this 250 kW Collins 821-A shortwave transmitter.


Admiral Richard E. Byrd's Collins 150B transmitter used during his Antarctic exploration, 1933-1935.

One of several Collins Amateur Radio collections.


Numerous console radios collection.