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 Post subject: Progress at the California Historical Radio Society building
PostPosted: Nov Mon 18, 2019 5:31 pm 
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Its been around 4 years since we bought the building in downtown Alameda. This was done so via many of our members. The building is well over 100 years old and basically had decades worth of poorly done additions and modifications. So we had what amounted to a blank canvas. We're still not done but we've come a long way thanks to the many countless hours from our many volunteers. The following pictures show progress thus far:

1: What we call the "Main room" where ultimately a large bulk of our historical items will be displayed. Since most of the rooms in the building are undergoing renovation radios and other stuff are temporarily stored or moved from one place to another. So its a bit haphazard. The main room will have a new floor and eventually have more permanent shelving and display areas.
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2: Our freight elevator. Boy is this thing worth its weight in gold! Prior to this we would have to carry huge consoles and stuff downstairs. Now we have this to help.
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3: Moving on is what will be the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame. In this room will be sofas and chairs and a wall of large flatescreen TV sets tied together. Visitors will be able to use a mobile tablet to scroll through a database of inductees, read their biographies and so on.
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Looking through the glass is what will be a fully functioning radio studio. The lights and many of the pieces of equipment came from our former location, KRE and if you've ever seen the movie American Graffiti some of this stuff was actually filmed for that movie.
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Next door is the shop. Piled high with equipment and cabinets we got from Radio Shack when they closed down for parts and stuff.
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Here's my little area complete with piles of sets on the ground ready to work on.
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Moving downstairs is another display area. 50% of the space is devoted to vintage televisions. The downstairs is still undergoing major renovation thus everything is piled everywhere
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The television area complete with mechanical TV, a Dumont Royal Sovereign, Zenith Mayflower, Pilot, and many others. All work and will be getting a signal fed via a rack one of our volunteers made.
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Along the side of the room is the library. Now completely stocked and organized with everything you could need from schematics, historic publications and even a section of books we can borrow.
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Here's the ham shack. We now have a series of antennaes on the roof.
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This is the rolling storage shelving unit area. We put in new flooring so everything was moved out from the walls which explains the large amount of crap piled everywhere.
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lastly, the kitchen, which was the first room completed after we bought the place.

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I'd say we have another year or so before things should really come together and we can have a fully functioning museum.


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 Post subject: Re: Progress at the California Historical Radio Society buil
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Looks like paradise... 8)

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Super nice! I liked the framed poster.


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Is that a cookie jar on top of the fridge?


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 Post subject: Re: Progress at the California Historical Radio Society buil
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Its actually the "coffee pod jar" for the machine below it.


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Amazing how much has been done! This was all a dream when I lived in the Bay Area in the late 80's and early 90's.

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Great progress since the flood! Nice to see the museum coming together.

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Fabulous. Just flat A fabulous. Picture #2 "Our freight elevator" looks like the inside of the Whaling Museum in my home town. Modern on the inside, but the original brick showing gives you that warm fuzzy feeling. Like you have gone back in time to the early 1900's. A broadcast room and a working TV room. A lot of people have never seen a working B&W TV. "Mom How come that TV isn't in color?".
If I was closer, I'd be knocking on your door. Please let me help.

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 Post subject: Re: Progress at the California Historical Radio Society buil
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The exposed brick is from us pulling off the decades of coverings from it. The building has a 1950's facade that is just tacked on to the front. When we pulled the walls off the brick we found the original pillars, steps and windows to the original building. So someday we will remove the facade and return it back to its original appearance


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Wow! Nice place.

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It has come a long way since I saw it February 3, 2014! Here is a photo from that day:
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Perhaps this will inspire other clubs to obtain museums.

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Just a great job!


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 Post subject: Re: Progress at the California Historical Radio Society buil
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Hey Stephen, why don't you resize your photo.
Alan provided a new feature last month.

"The previous file dimension and file size limitations have been eliminated. The server will now take large images and create
a smaller thumbnail image and display that. Clicking on the thumbnail will open the original image, in the original size, in
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 Post subject: Re: Progress at the California Historical Radio Society buil
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That's really cool! Wish we had something like this around here in Kansas but theres not enough money to do it.

All those original lights in the place are really cool!


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 Post subject: Re: Progress at the California Historical Radio Society buil
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Boy I wish I was I was closer to this. Having worked in construction most of my life I could have helped with so many projects. Thanks for all those great pictures. I joined the club and enjoy the literature they send me and the emails of events.


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There been an amazing amount of work put into the museum. They are doing things in an order of importance, rather than focusing on comestics. The most noticeable things left to do are the facade and the main room you see when enter the building (top photo). When that is finally done the entire facility will be spectacular.

This wouldn't have happened without CHRD President Steve Kushman.

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I wish there were a radio meeting place like that in Indianapolis. Even a smaller one would do.

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 Post subject: Re: Progress at the California Historical Radio Society buil
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Enough cannot be said about the board and leadership of the organization. The building ultimately required some serious structural work. A MAJOR setback was that 2 years ago when we had more than normal amount of rain the entire downstairs got inundated with water. Groundwater was coming up through the floor and walls. We had to ultimately have the whole floor jack-hammered up, reinforce and seal the foundation walls, dig down and add gravel and drain pipes that leads to a sump system and then pour a new floor. Almost all of the wiring and plumbing was as old as the building. Kevin Payne, one of our members volunteered his time to wire the ENTIRE building saving us untold 1000's of dollars. Steve Kushman keeps it all moving forward. As much as a lot of us would like to spend all day working on radios he makes sure the work on the building gets completed. The good thing is that of the work being done its being done in the right way, not the weird jerry-rigged way it had been done by the previous tenants.

In the end we hope this will eventually become a place where the public can come in and enjoy seeing, experiencing, and learning about the history of radio, television, broadcast and the electronics and engineers who made it happen.


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 Post subject: Re: Progress at the California Historical Radio Society buil
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Lou deGonzague wrote:
Boy I wish I was I was closer to this. Having worked in construction
most of my life I could have helped with so many projects.
Thanks for all those great pictures.
I joined the club and enjoy the literature they send me and the emails of events.

Yes, me too. I was thinking the same thing. :)
Truly wonderful!

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Looks fantastic, Bob. I'd to visit next time I'm in the Bay Area.

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