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Orkney Wireless Museum, Kirkwall

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The Orkney Wireless Museum in Kirkwall, Orkney houses a collection of domestic and military wireless equipment. It developed from the private collection of the late Jim MacDonald from St Margaret's Hope and marks the importance of wireless communications in Orkney during World War II.MuseumThe Orkney Wireless Museum is located at Kiln Corner, Kirkwall in Orkney and is run on an entirely voluntary basis. It is registered as a Charitable Company. The Friends of the museum, from all over the world, help raise funds for the museum. The local branch of the society organises volunteers to man the Museum every day of the season, from April to September.The displays and photographic archive bear testament to the strategic and military importance of Orkney during World War II. In the collection there is much reference to the Home Fleet in Scapa Flow, Orkney. The museum demonstrates the importance of wireless communications and Radar to the civilian and military populations.The Amateur Radio call sign GB2OWM is frequently activated at the museum. During the Orkney Science Festival every September, worldwide contacts are made and QSL cards are subsequently exchanged with the stations contacted.ExhibitsThe museum has an extensive collection of early domestic radio and wartime communications equipment. Most of the equipment was built in the UK and USA. The museum also houses early advertising and posters. An archive of photographs depicts wartime forces and includes coverage of the building of the Churchill Barriers which were built primarily as naval defences to protect the anchorage at Scapa Flow.
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  • One of the stops on our cruise around the UK landed us on Orkney Island. We had learned thanks to Trip Advisor that Orkney had a radio museum, so we made it a must see stop. It is housed in an histori...  more »
  • Good collection of radios and other early electronics equipment from the 1940's through to the 1960's. Not too well displayed or explained. Cramped.  more »
  • We read about this Museum in the local brochures. I am an Ham Radio Operator and this was especially interesting to me. They have a lot of WW2 historical items inside.  more »
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  • Preserving radio history for all to see A wonderful museum.
  • A small museum filled with lots of history and knowledge. Learn all about radios from their beginnings, through wartime and on to the present day.
  • Lovely place to visit. The are so many interesting things to see and the volunteers there are so friendly and helpful. I'd really recommend taking a look if you're in the area.
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