Thursday, February 11, 2016

First day packing for move to Computer Museum of America

The first day of packing for the move of  the microcomputer historical collection from our Bugbook Computer Museum to the Computer Museum of America (CMA)  did not include any computers.  Lonnie Mimms curator of the CMA will be developing a large electronic technology and education center in 2017 and it will include all areas of electronics.  Lonnie wanted all our vintage electronics so we are sending much more then the computer collection. Mostly just old radio items today and none of this is on the regular electronic database for the museum.  I guess I am a hoarder of old electronic items and for sure being a ham radio operator 61 years the vintage radio stuff just kept accumulating.

Update 2/16/16 The snow and ice delayed the packing - we did get in two days and will start again on Wednesday 2/17/16 and hope to have it all done by Tuseday2/22/16- I will keep you posted.

Short slide show of the days events "CLICK" 

This is just a few of the old radio items - I had them on display many years in the warehouse for my own interest .  There are a lot more ham radio items in the warehouse and at the museum. I have not really counted the radio and old electronic items but must be several hundred. A few nice old Soviet military radios in the collection.

All the items are wrapped in bubble wrap before going into the shipping box.

Most boxes have multiple items.

Toward the end of the first day the packing crew made it close to the computers in the warehouse but still lots of none computer items to pack.

There are many thousands of computer memorabilia items to pack so it will be 3 or 4 more days of packing.

The crew wanted to use paper to wrap some items however  I insisted that every piece had to be wrapped in bubble wrap.

They used up the whole supply of bubble wrap available to them and had to order a large supply.  This will take a couple of days so no packing Wednesday or Thursday. They should be back Friday with a truck load of bubble wrap.

This photograph and the ones below will be of interest mostly to ham radio operators. Just a few of the old radios Heathkit, Swan, Ten-Tec.

The old Swan radios were very popular in the 60's and 70's.

This is interesting SWR/Watt meter and dummy load. I seem to love these old items.

These Hallicrafters  are late 40's and 50's. I have radios going back to pre 1920.

1950 or so Harvey Wells hf bandmaster AM transmitter.

Great end of the day. It was cold as I do not have heat in the warehouse. I did put in 5 electric heaters and it helped a little. The outside temperature today was about 30 degrees - Cooold. The hot coffee the middle of the afternoon was most welcome by the crew.

David G Larsen
David G Larsen
This was a good start and I expect 3 or 4 more days of packing with a 5 man crew. I only wish it was warmer in the warehouse. Maybe the cold will help the crew work faster. I did notice today the coats all came off even thought it was about 35 degrees inside. 
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