Opening A New World - "How Radio Changed Society"


Imagine no internet, no cell phones, no TV, no broadcast Radio?  It would certainly not be life as we know it.  With limited communication, limited collaboration, and limited information sharing, our possibilities and horizon of opportunities would be pale in comparison to what they are today.

The IEEE Rochester Section in partnership with the Antique Wireless Museum is offering an opportunity to see just how we got to where we are now, and a closeup look at the electronic technologies and tools used on that journey. 


We will meet at the Antique Wireless Museum on Saturday Nov. 10th at 10:00 am, where it’s Director, Bob Hobday, will present a 45-minute talk titled “How Radio Changed Society”.  This will be followed by a 1-1½ hour guided tour of the museum by their expert staff, allowing us to discover their rich collection of radio and video devices from the worlds of commercial, military, and amateur communication.  Through this tour, we will retrace the technical path of a journey that continues today. 

After the museum tour, about 12:15, and for those who choose to do so, we will go to a friendly neighborhood restaurant for lunch (Cheap Charlie's). For people who choose to go to lunch, they will be responsible for their own lunch charges.

This is a rare opportunity to benefit from leadership and commitment of the Antique Wireless Association in preserving and sharing our wireless legacy. 

NOTE REDUCED FEE STRUCTURE: There will be an early registration fee of $3 thru 11/2, a fee of $5 from 11/3 thru 11/6, and a fee of $7 afterword. (For those who initially paid $7 during the early period, you will be refunded $4). 

Email Mark Schrader at with questions or requests, and visit the museum web page at . 


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  • Antique Wireless Museum
  • 6925 NY-5 & US-20 (just east of the Route 444 intersection)
  • Bloomfield , New York
  • United States 14469
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  • Co-sponsored by Mark Schrader
  • Starts 09 October 2018 12:00 AM
  • Ends 09 November 2018 11:59 PM
  • All times are US/Eastern
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Bob Hobday, Director

Bob Hobday, Director of Antique Wireless Association


Opening A New World - "How Radio Changed Society"

Before and during World War I, the use of radio was was very limited by many factors. Bob will discuss what happened after that time, and how it radically changed who we are.


Bob Hoday has been a member of AWA since 1984 serving as a Museum Historian and a volunteer on the Museum Staff. In 2009, Bob was elected as AWA Deputy Director, and in August 2018, he was elected as Director.

Bob is a graduate of Union College with a BA in Industrial Administration. He worked at Rochester Gas and Electric for 32 years advancing to Manager – Pricing. In 1997, he was one of two team leaders that created Energetix, a subsidiary and finally an affiliate of RGE, where he advanced to Managing Director – Strategic Issues. Bob is a Fellow in Radio Club of America and a recipient of their Jack Poppele Award. His amateur radio call sign N2EVG.

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Saturday November 10th:

10:00 -- Meet at the Antique Wireless Museum

10:10 -  Bob Hobday's Talk

11:00 - Tour of the Museum

12:15 (approx) -- For those staying for lunch, travel by car to Cheap Charlie's