[AMRadio] Museum collection of historic radio equipment about to be dumped. Can it be saved?

Donald Chester k4kyv at charter.net
Wed May 7 13:58:34 EDT 2014

The following message was forwarded to me from Jerry Proc VE3FAB (E-mail:
jerry.proc at sympatico.ca Web: http://jproc.ca )

This is a distress call to all enthusiasts of radio and radio history. The
Radio Museum of Québec located in Sorel, Québec is in deep trouble. Some
time ago , they had to vacate the existing premises where the radio
collection was located. All artefacts were put into storage but no suitable
site was ever found. Now the owner wants his tractor trailers back, all six
of them.

The message below, sent a few weeks ago, did not result in a solution to
save the radio collection at Musée Québécois de la radio inc. If a solution
is not found within the next few days, the complete collection will go to
the trash and will disappear at the end of the month. The collection is
impressive. It contains over 1900 pieces of radio equipment and over three
quarters of a million pages of documentation. The collection is presently
stored on 130 pallets in six 53-foot trailers. The trailers are on loan and
must be returned on the 31st of May. If storage space is not found, the
entire collection could end up in the landfill. It was impossible to find a
temporary warehouse for the collection. One solution was to purchase three
or four used 53-foot trailers but the fund raising attempt did not generate
enough funds. That option would have required at least $7,500.

Does anyone have any suggestions ? If no solution is found, can we save the
collection by offering it to other museums in Canada? What to do on the 31st
of May ? Open the trailers, let anyone take anything they want, and let the
rest go to the dump? Return the trailers to the owners with the collection
inside? The owner will certainly take the collection to the dump and invoice
the Museum for the cost of disposal.

Here are the options:

Find a storage solution before the end of May

Donate the collection to other museums (must be picked up before the end of

Let anyone take what they want and send the rest to the dump

Send the entire collection to the dump

Abandoning the collection by returning the trailers with the collection

If you have any suggestions, or if you can help, please contact Jacques
Hamel, VE2DJQ at: museeradio at videotron.ca
Sorel-Tracy is within 75 kilometres (47 mi) of both Montréal and
Trois-Rivières, and is easily accessible via Autoroute 30 from the west and
via Route 132 from the east and west.

A similar situation arose in Adelaide, South Australia two years ago when a
local Council refused to renew an Aircraft & Radio Communications museum
building lease because the dated building (owned by the Council!!) did not
comply with 2012 Workplace Health & Safety Regulations. The cost of any
alterations was expected to be borne by the museum; same situation: not
enough funds raised to do that. The outcome was that the museum was closed
on the due date; the museum committee contacted other museums around
Australia plus authentic amateur radio clubs & some ''selected individuals''
(so items did not finish up on eBay!!) & as many items as possible were
dispersed that way. The remainder was dumped. That was the second
wireless/radio/communications museum in this State to go that route. The
Postmaster Generals Department wireless, signalling & commucation museum
right in the middle of the Adelaide CBD was evicted due to property demand.
The collection was broken up with most still stored in a caring individual's
warehouse some 20 years later.

Don k4kyv

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