We are having Two May 2021 Meetings

Zoom Session on 16 May / Auction on 23 May

Virtual Zoom Meeting, Sunday, May 16th

Zoom meeting introductions at 1:00, followed by Show and Tell, and the presentation

Presentation Topic:  Pioneer Station KDKA's Centennial: 100 Years of Entertainment Broadcasting

Presenter:  Dave Rossetti 

Auction, Sunday, May 23rd

We are holding another Virtual Auction on 23 May. Here are the procedures to consign items.

All buyers must be pre-registered. Paid-up MAARC members will be automatically pre-registered and will get a bidder number when they sign in to the auction on Zoom. Non-members can register by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; include name, mailing address, phone, and email; include "May Registration" in subject line.

Please sign in early so we can give the numbers and start on time. Members are submitting some really nice items for this auction!

The auction will be staged from the National Electronics Museum (NEM) near Baltimore / Washington International Airport (BWI). DO NOT bring any items for the auction to NEM until they have been cleared by the MAARC auction crew as described below.

Since we all have a backlog of things we want to sell at an auction, here’s the policy for this May auction:

1. No more than three items per seller. You may combine items into a single lot.

2. All items or lots must have expected final bid of at least $15. This is not the auction to sell your unneeded stuff or junk. Please propose better stuff so we can get a good reputation for our online auctions.

3. To consign an item, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ASAP, by May 9. Please put “May Auction” in the subject line of your email. Include the following with your email: 

• Digital pictures of your item, maximum four. These pictures will be used in the auction catalog, which will be posted online at MAARC.org. We suggest something like: front, back, bottom, three-quarter view. Use these pictures to show off your consignment.

• A written description of what you are selling. This also will go in the catalog. We suggest you include: maker, year, model, condition of cabinet (for example, needs touch up; no cracks, slight crack, big crack; veneer in perfect shape, top veneer stained; etc.), condition of electronics (for example, needs new electrolytic capacitors, all tubes good, restored in 2006, not working, not tested, etc.), history of repairs, presence of extra parts, etc.

Please describe it so it will sell; also be fair and honest. Remember, there is no on-site physical inspection. Potential buyers will judge your consignment based on your pictures and description.

4. Sellers whose items have expected value of at least $15 will be consigned on a first come, first served basis. Maximum of two or three items/lots per seller. If your item does not make it into this auction, your name will go to the top of the list for the next auction. If your item does go into this auction, your name will go to the bottom of the list for the next auction.

5. The auction crew will review the photos and descriptions, mostly for expected sale value. If your item is accepted, the crew will send you a consignment sheet and your seller/bidder number. 

6. Please fill it the consignment sheet that will be sent to you, then call NEM at 410.765.0230 and make an appointment to drop off the sheet and your items. IMPORTANT: The museum in NOT open to the public, so do not come without an appointment. Bring the sheet with the items to NEM, 745 W Nursery Rd, Linthicum Heights, Maryland by Wednesday, May 12.

Other notes:

1. To help buyers evaluate an item, we will make a video showing all the items consigned to the auction; we will try to give several views of each item. The video will be posted on the MAARC website with the catalog, probably the weekend before the auction. The video will also be shown during the Zoom meeting before the 1:00 pm auction start time. This will help the auction move more quickly; during the auction, we will simply show the front of each item and announce the lot number. Obviously,  your photos and description will help sell your item.

2. Please sign into Zoom by 12:00 pm so we have time for the auction crew to attach your bidder/seller number to your Zoom name. You must have this number in your Zoom name to bid on any item. If you join the auction late, the auction crew will be busy with the auction and may not be free to attach your number.

3. Sign in early to see the video of the consigned items.

4. Shipping: In order to encourage more widespread participation a volunteer has offered to arrange a limited shipping service for buyers outside the Baltimore / Washington DC area.  This is limited to table radio size items.  Sorry, but cannot handle large, bulky, or very heavy items such as floor consoles, TV sets, or “boat anchor” military gear.  The buyer is responsible for shipping charges that will be separate from the purchase price.  Obviously, because we don't know the buyer's location, we will not be able to assess shipping charges until after the auction. 

If you desire an item to be shipped:

1. Pay for the item as directed by the auction team

2. Send an email with your name, shipping address, phone, email, lot number, and item description to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

3. You will be contacted with total shipping costs.  Payment will be same way as for the auction sale.

Keep In mind this may take two weeks or so to get the item as the volunteer may not be able to retrieve the items from NEM until the following weekend.

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NCRTV Museum Gets Recognition

The National Capital Radio and Television Museum, which originally was originally founded by MAARC members, recently got some local recognition. Check out the article, and then plan a visit.

Bowie Blade-News / Bowie News

Bowie museum a place to watch, listen

By John McNamara Contact Reporter
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NOVEMBER 18, 2015, 4:47 PM

Remember when you were a kid, and your parents would yell at you for watching too much television? Or they'd complain you were wasting your time listening to the radio? They might have urged you to visit a museum instead.

At the National Capital Radio & Television Museum in Bowie, you can do all three.

Visitors to the museum, located at 2608 Mitchellville Road, can choose from thousands of old radio programs to listen to — everything from Jack Benny to "Dragnet" to "Gunsmoke." There are hundreds of television offerings from the 1950’s and '60’s as well. This month, for example, the museum is featuring episodes of the "Andy Griffith Show" on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Displays include all manner of broadcast-related paraphernalia, including radio and television bumper stickers, cardboard cutouts, publications and promotional items.

Those options may attract the cultural archivists and nostalgia buffs, but the museum staff is quick to point out the historic and scientific appeal of its collections.

The ovulation of radio and television is part of a larger story — the huge advances in technology during the last So years and the ways our lives have changed. Executive director Laurie Baty acknowledges the cultural appeal of the museum's offerings, but feels strongly about the educational component.

"My passion is that we have a concrete story and our objects help tell that story," she said.

A stroll through the exhibits demonstrates her point. American lives in the early clays of radio and later, television — were very different from today. Before television, radio was the focal point of most American living rooms. Your typical model was like another piece of furniture and just about the size of your chest of drawers. The technology was so primitive and the electronics required so much space that companies couldn't make smaller models.

"With some of those, it takes a forklift to move them -- they're so heavy," said Brian Belanger, the museum's curator. "Those old console radios sure were bulky, but the sound quality was great."

There's plenty of evidence of the changes in television technology, too, with a sleek, contemporary wall-mounted flat-screen television occupying the same space as the primitive, boxy sets that folks used in the 1950’s, which were a great deal more cabinet than screen.

Within many of the older models, however, are the origins of the gadgetry we take for granted today. Belanger particularly likes a 1939 Philco model that came with its own wireless remote control.

"That's certainly a radio I love to demonstrate," he said.

Baty delights in showing visitors a 1941 Arvin Model 422 radio, which is about the size of a toaster. John Fries, the original owner and donor, heard the first reports about Pearl Harbor on that radio.

The museum draws about 2,000 patrons a year — even though it's open just three days a week and is staffed solely by volunteers, aside from Baty. Visitors have come from all 50 states and even other countries since the museum opened in 1999. Belanger was stunned when a female college student with a heavy Russian accent came in one day and revealed that her broadcast journalism class in Moscow had heard about the place.

"Our little museum in Bowie has an international reputation," he said.

Baty wants to build on that reputation and the museum's ability to inform and educate. She and a team of dedicated volunteers, including Belanger, want to increase the museum's visibility, make exhibits more visitor-friendly and attract greater financial support. The museum relies exclusively on donations for funding.

"We're trying to do a lot with not a lot of people, wanting more (volunteers) but trying to get a training program in place," Baty said. "We need to find larger support and we're needing more space. But we're beginning to make our voice heard."

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To learn more about the NCRTV Museum, visit their website at: NCRTV.ORG

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