On the 11th August between 2pm and 3pm , Ms Janelle Saffin M.P will present a Lifetime achievement award to Mr Leith Martin, 90 years old, for services to Amateur Radio.
Murwillumbah’s museum had a radio museum and operating amateur station, VK2 DMM. Curator Erika Taylor says radios will remain a feature once renovations are complete, although the reactivation of Station VK2 DMM may take some time.
The museum’s radio display was comprehensive – practically a radio museum in itself. It opened on the 18th Feb. 1993 and consisted of pre- and post- War World II equipment, including:
~ Domestic Receivers – some in working order including consoles, table & portable model crystal sets and “Farm” radios.
~ Radio Grams & Acoustic Gramophones- including a 1900 Cylinder gramophone.
~ Military – Communication transmitters & receivers.
~ Radar Components – Radio Components for receiving and transmitting equipment
such as thermionic valves & crystals – coils – tuning condensers – fixed
condensers & resistors – microphones – headphones – transformers & chokes.
~ Morse Code Keys -Including an “SOS” Morse Code Automatic Alarm System.
~ Radio Test Equipment – including a set made for radio 2MW (now Radio 97(?)).
~ Amateur radio Station VK2 DMM operated by amateur radio members VK4iw Kev &
VK2 AYU Norm. Note 9/Aug/13: VK2 DMM is currently not active.
Amateur radio enthusiasts in the Tweed are encouraged to contact the Summerland Amateur Radio Club and/or Murwillumbah Museum.