27 March 2008. Today we have completed English comments
updating for ALL SHOWCASES OF RKK RADIO MUSEUM section of our site. The
last phase of updating was devoted to incorporating of additional
pictures and drawings into the text of the comments.
Now links to 200+ additional pictures and drawings could be found in the
text comments which along with 180 main pictures of showcase cells makes
it over 400 pics to see. Most of additional pictures have never been
published in Internet before.
This is not as much as in the Russian version of our site where about 550
additional pictures could be found on top of the same 180 main pics, so
to anyone interested in more details, we could recommend to browse thru
Russian texts of corresponding cells. The chances are high you could find
more pictures and drawings of interest among Cyrillic letters…
We are going to work now on updates for BROADCAST RECEIVER COLLECTION
where about 10 new samples are not even mentioned today. Whenever we have
enough resources, we are going to start a new section of the site devoted
to Communications in WW I - both wired and wireless. We have now over 30
different samples that might be attributed as communications devices of
the Great War.
7 March 2008. Today we have completed an impressive
update of pictures and text comments of the very first section of our
site, "ALL SHOWCASES OF RKK RADIO MUSEUM" but… just for its Russian
We must apologize to the English speaking visitors of our site
for certain inconveniences they may experience. Our firm intention is to
upgrade the "ALL SHOWCASES OF RKK RADIO MUSEUM" section as soon as
we can, to the level of its Russian mirror section.
On top of current 180 showcase pictures, we are going to include in the
new English comments, all of the 540 additional pictures and drawings
that similar Russian section already has.
Once again our apologies for any current inconveniences. In the meantime
you are welcome to explore the Russian
version of "ALL SHOWCASES…" section and click on the blue links in
the comments. That way you may find some new pictures and drawings of
December 2006. We
have finally completed a hard job of creating new extended comments to
RKK Radio Museum samples that you may find now in "ALL SHOWCASES OF
RKK RADIO MUSEUM" section of this site.
at first, the English version of the site was meant to be commented in a
very basic way while the Russian version used to have much more extended
comments, now we have tried to match English comments to the Russian
ones. You are welcome to explore what has come out of our good
We would appreciate your feedback on the samples that have
messages printed in RED color.
We also would be thankful if you notice
and inform us on any discrepancies in our statements, especially in
regards to the US and British equipment exhibited. There are some
statements there which might look controversial to some of you - like our
strong belief that popular "WR 1/T" abbreviation is nothing but
faulty name of Blaupunkt early "WR 1" receiver.
sure would appreciate any comments and suggestions on our English
language, both grammar and usage of certain expressions. We realize we
are Russians that try to speak decent English, yet we are not Englishmen
or Americans to be sure of any of our English expressions or idioms.
offense, please make a point of just the smallest of our English language
To communicate with us, please use our RKK Radio Museum mailbox
Best of Season's
Greetings and Happy New Year 2007 to all of you !
September 2006. In
the last two months there were a couple of new samples arriving to the
RKK Radio Museum showcases which we would like to attract your attention
replaced our AR-88-D receiver by AR-88-F that used to belong to famous
Soviet polar radioman Ernst Krenkel (RAEM). And our AR-88-D is temporarily
staying at our club station, RZ3AWX:
There are a few rare samples
arriving in our Wehrmacht exhibits:
Lend-Lease exhibits have been
expanded by adding a few avionics samples as well as BC-603 tank receiver:
Within the next month we hope
to expand considerably, our "Wired Communications" displays by
adding EE-3 field telephone from the US, Erdsprechgerät and Kleiner
Klappenschrank of German Wehrmacht, very rare Soviet field telephone
Will have to start two more
showcases to accommodate all the new samples of our "Wired
May 2006. All
of the samples shown in the "All Showcases of RKK Radio
Museum" section have finally got proper commentaries in English. We
would appreciate your input regarding accuracy of our comments especially
on Lend-Lease equipment.
"About Our Museum" text was updated and reference to our Vacuum
Tube collection was returned to the Main Page. The "Broadcast
Receiver Collection" section will be updated very soon, too.
March 2006. On this special day there were a
couple of presents given to Mr. Valery Gromov, General
Manager of RC&C Ltd. (OOO FIRMA RKK) and Trustee of
RKK Radio Museum.
Among those was another version of German Koeln receiver,
E 52 a1, as well as Minerva 499 SH with special panel to
control Siemens Hellschreiber. Also there was a FuG 16 won
on eBay for Mr. Gromov by his business partners, and soon
it will also be exhibited in RKK Radio Museum showcases.
2006. We are upgrading our museum site
these days. In the new site format, our visitors won't see
the showcase pictures from the start but rather some texts
having so many links to the pictures.
To create such new
texts and all the new pictures is a lengthy and time
consuming job. It will be completed in Russian language
first and only then in English. So our English speaking
visitor's won't see any changes for a couple of weeks
unless they switch over to Russian version of the site.
Even if you have no idea of Russian language, you may
still click on the embedded links and look at the pictures
some of which you may not find in other parts of our site.
Those who would like to just browse thru all of RKK Radio
Museum showcases could do it right from the Main Page now.
group of Motorola managers has visited our place that day.
On top of Moscow office representatives, we have been
pleased to see Axel Rettig, one of directors of Motorola
Europe. Upon completion of business discussions (our
company is one of the biggest Motorola distributors in
Russia) there was a guided tour arranged for Motorolans
thru all the RKK Radio Museum premises. On top of natural
interest that Axel Rettig had exhibited to the German
Wehrmacht samples, he was amused by the US made
handy-talkie, the BC-721 of 1943. It was one of the
Motorola products during the WWII, and we have promised to
give a spare sample of BC-721 to Motorola Moscow office.
So far only Motorola HQ in Chicago had one but from now on
Motorola Moscow office will have its own BC-721…
have been invited by the management of Russian Amateur
Radio Union (SRR) to present some of RKK Radio Museum samples of
WWII equipment during the SRR Hamfest near Moscow. Our
exhibition of about 20 samples of WWII radios was there
for three days. The most exotic radios were Soviet 71-TK-1
tank transmitter, American BC-721 handy-talkie and German
Dorette and Feldfu.f. All hams could try it on Soviet US
receiver as well as on German Torn.E.b and American AR-88
and HRO. On top of receivers up and running, there was an
exposition of UA3AO Morse key collection and there he was
in person offering to produce code on a Vibroplex bug at
the speed of about 60 wpm (300 characters per minute). It
was a real challenge to most of the hams present… On
Saturday, RA3CC has made a short presentation on the past
and future of RKK Radio Museum. Some pictures from SRR Hamfest
may be found here.
A military radio collector David Topham, GM3WKB, from
Scotland paid us a visit that day. At home he has most
every military radio made in Great Britain from 1937 up to
nowadays as well as very impressive collection of American
and Soviet made radios of "Cold War" period (see
left picture). Nevertheless in our exhibit of USSR radios
of WWII David has found something of interest for himself,
August 2005. Two top managers of the Amateur
Radio Union of Russia (SRR) paid a visit to our museum.
Roman Tomas (RZ3AA), the SRR president, and Igor Booklan
(RA3AUU) came to discuss possible RKK Museum participation
in the HAM festival to take place by late September near
Moscow. They have introduced an interesting idea of
stimulating vintage military radio usage on amateur bands.
We have accepted the idea and announced that RKK Radio Museum
will be ready to support a new HAM radio award program
promoting revival of vintage military radios.
August 2005. The BC-610-E transmitter that was in
use by the famous Soviet polar radioman, Ernst Krenkel (RAEM),
has recently become a property of RKK Radio Museum.
Because we had no chance to accommodate the bulky BC-610 in
our premises, we have agreed with the Central Armed Forces
Museum (CAFM) that the BC-610 will be exhibited there as a
part of their Lend-Lease collection. We believe it looks in
place in the CAFM halls…
We are proudly announcing the new addition to RKK Radio Museum
USSR exhibits - the RB (or 3-R) radio of 1940 (design of
1938). There were new samples added to our Lend-Lease
exhibits, too - BC-611 and BC-721 Handy-Talkies and the Wireless Set
No.48 Mk I*. We have also started the new showcase for our
detector collection and for Loewe 2H 3N receiver using
legendary 2HF and 3NF tubes which were world's first
We were all so happy to help Valery, UA3AO, to make his long
time dream come true. He wanted to get the Vibrokeyer by
Vibroplex and he got it.
The fast delivery to Russia was
provided by Vladimir, UA3AGU, who happened to be in the US
right on those days.
It was a pleasure to visit one of the most famous Wehrmacht
radio collectors, Hans Richter (DL7SK), at his home place
As Hans Richter said, now he has only about 100 Wehrmacht
radios while in the past there were at least three times
more samples in his collection.
Hans was delighted to get a copy of "The Red Ears"
book by V. Shapkin with the special author's autograph.
You may see some pictures taken at Hans Richter's place here.
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