Vacuum Tube Museum
What does one do with thousands of vacuum tubes? Take a look here:
SKCC #4473, KLARA
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"It's just a hobby..."
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Well, some collect Fabergé eggs, and some collect valves.
My favorite are the "Round Valves" that have a chamber on top filled with asbestos which acts as a temporary getter when heated!
The room looks well vacuumed.
WoW there is some really cool stuff there.
Thanks Patrick for sharing. that.
You can tell from the lines on her face
You can see that she's been there
Probably been moved on from every place
Cause she didn't fit in there
'Cause it's another day for you and me in paradise
Phil Collins Another Day In Paradise
..Visited the Hammond Museum of Radio in Guelph, Ontario a number of years back (http://www.hammondmuseumofradio.org/museum.html) where Mr Fred Hammond (VE3HC/sk) took us on a personally guided tour of his museum. He also has a huge collection of Vacuum Tubes/Valves, most in wired sockets and, at the flick of a switch, could light most of them up (impressive in a darkened room!).
His radio collections are a mix of Amateur, Military, and Broadcasting, from Spark to TV and had you known Fred before his passing, it wouldn't surprise you that almost everything in his collection is in working condition. You haven't 'worked' Morse code until you've keyed a Spark station while sitting next to the gen-set! (LOUD) The collection includes some of the finest and most complete Collins station equipment you'll ever see, a number of operating Amateur stations for guest ops, and when Fred was alive, he encouraged visitors to ask questions and not be afraid to touch the gear. I remember the 160m VE3HC station... a converted broadcast transmitter.. humongous!
If you're ever in the Niagara/Toronto area.. it's not all that far away... definitely worth the trip!! Our Club did a caravan there from Detroit.. lott'a fun and a great way to keep the club busy in cooler months!
This is our local museum , I've been on the tour with a couple of other hams and we were the only ones there at the time , we got to play with a lot of the stuff and go through the warehouse , I want to go back .