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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB050 (1999)

ARLB050 Goldwater ham station to become museum exhibit

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ARRL Bulletin 50  ARLB050
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  August 6, 1999
To all radio amateurs 

ARLB050 Goldwater ham station to become museum exhibit

The well-known ham station of the late Sen Barry Goldwater, K7UGA,
is being donated to the Arizona Historical Society for display as a
museum exhibit. The Society plans to set up the massive station
console and equipment ''as the late Senator used it,'' said Reba Wells
Grandrud, director of the Society's Central Arizona Division.

Current plans call for the K7UGA station equipment and console to be
moved from the Goldwater home in Paradise Valley, Arizona, and
reassembled at the Society's museum in Tempe sometime during the
next year. Details are still being worked out.

''We're just delighted,'' Grandrud said. ''We felt it was very
appropriate to have this here.''

Goldwater's station and massive antenna system were used to complete
thousands of phone patch messages for troops during the Vietnam War.
The antennas have been dismantled and sold, and will not be a part
of the museum exhibit.

The museum intends to display the station intact and hopes to
recreate the look and feel of the original Goldwater ham shack
through the use of digital photographic techniques. While it's
unlikely the station itself would be operational, she said the
museum might ''simulate'' an operating setup for the sake of visitors.

Goldwater died May 29, 1998. Grandrud said she approached
Goldwater's widow, Susan, about having the museum--a state
agency--acquire the K7UGA station for display.

Grandrud could not say if the exhibit would be a permanent one but
said Goldwater's station would be maintained as part of the museum's


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