Radio Classics: An Exhibition by Tony Thomasson
Tony Thomasson joined RGU in March 1987. He is an Application Supervisor in the Faculty of Design and Technology and works both at the School of Engineering and Gray's School of Art. His collection of transistor radios stems from his hobby of amateur radio where he has been an enthusiastic 'ham' operator since 1964.
Amateur radio is all about the skill and fascination of communication using radio. Amateur radio operators come from all walks of life. They are all ages, sexes, income levels and nationalities. Whether they prefer Morse code, voice communication on a hand-held radio, or computer messages transmitted via satellite they all have an interest in what's happening in the world, and they use radio to reach out. Some are attracted by the ability to communicate across the country, around the globe or even with astronauts on space missions. Others may like to build and experiment with electronics. Some enjoy using Amateur Radio's digital communication opportunities. Those with a competitive streak enjoy "DX contests" where the object is to see how many other 'hams' in distant places they can contact.