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Ladies & Gentlemen of VARA:

Nice to read about your organization and relive the storied history of RCA. As I recall, color television was invented in Camden. Along with many other important things. I have a home located not too far (in Society Hill) and I monitor the .82 repeater from time-to-time without realizing its distinguished pedigree. Thanks for the preservation work: remember that civilization can never be more that what is preserved for future generations.

73, DE NY2RF

Thomas ABBG. Gallagher <[email protected]>
Sunday, March 30, 2014 5:45 AM

Well here it is 18 December, 2011 and I still remember my days working at RCA, Building 3 on Cooper Street Camden, NJ. It was a most exciting portion of my 85 year long life.

I logged a few months on the Integrated Radio Room, Aegis telephone system for the Ticonderoga, SATCOM mobile/phone systems, P3C airborne tranceivers and automatic test equipment software.

The engineering and factory personnel were the most talented in the electronic art and science. And the"best" in producing quality products used for the defense of our country.

It was my pleasure to deal with personnel of this high caliber and It was a pleasure to know them.

Bud Vittoriano K3KK

[email protected] <[email protected]>
Thursday, December 22, 2011 9:08 AM



Bud Vittoriano <[email protected]>
Sun 12/5/2010 10:32 AM

Just signing in and looking for AR88/CR88 items

Ron W6WO <[email protected]>
Wed 3/31/2010 5:12 PM

Best regards from this old timer K3JA age 83plus in Chalfont PA..73,Flav

PAUL PAVLOVIC <[email protected]>
Friday, November 06, 2009 1:07 PM

Great web site. Keep up the good work!

73, George Gadbois, W3FEY formerly worked for Color Picture Tube Division in Lancaster, PA

Club still active as W3RCA

George Gadbois <[email protected]>
Saturday, January 10, 2009 1:29 PM

Folks, I was employed at the Rockville Location just west of Indianapolis in the home instruments division and glad to some of the RCA types are still keeping in touch.

Robert LeMaster KA9TKM <[email protected]>
Sunday, November 02, 2008 5:43 PM

Hi to all
found the site by chane when looking for postal site to reserch for college course will be saving site for futher use thanks

Gilbert Brunsdon <[email protected]>
UK - Wed 10/15/2008 11:19 AM

Hello! Found your club website by chance this afternoon. FYI, we are the proud owners of a Victor Talking Machine (VV-XA #361910) that is our prized possession. We have a ton of 78s to go with it. Good luck to you all!

73 de Woody K3VSA and Lisa KG4PFB Hillsborough, North Carolina Orange County Radio Amateurs

Woody & Lisa Woodward <[email protected]> - Mon 9/1/2008 12:18 PM

Richard P. Hullfish Sr. KI4EFJ The Fish
Friday, March 02, 2007 10:34 PM (EDT)

I was looking for postage rates to Canada and you popped up. Thanks for the site. The surprise was that it was a Ham site. My call is KT6X.
Richard Brown <[email protected]>
CONCORD, CA USA - Thursday, December 22, 2005 10:25 PM (EDT)

Nice site, FB, keep up the good work.
Stan KB8RD
Stan Rogers <[email protected]>
WOODHAVEN, MI USA - Wednesday, Dec 07, 2005 2:10 PM (EDT)

I was just wondering how television and radio call letters changed from all beginning with "W" to "W" being for the East, and "K" being for the West parts of the country. If anyone has any ideas, email me or sign my site's guestbook. 
Thanks. Jhon <[email protected]
Las Vegas, NV USA - Saturday, April 16, 2005 at 14:36:47 (EDT)

What a nicewebsite! What a wonderful thing you have done. Keep up the good work. Thank you. 
Dima Krokiv <[email protected]
Kiev, Ukraine - Monday, March 21, 2005 at 16:45:28 (EST)

Nice site & intersting pix. The AR-77 is in RCAF livery. Smalleys Radio in Calgary had a number of these come through their Surplus department in the 50's. The sets aimed at the Ham or commercial market had a two tone color scheme and had chrome bars on the front panel. I'm really into the AR88, CR88 & CR91.

John Phillips <[email protected]
High River, Alberta, Canada - Sunday, March 20, 2005 at 01:07:10 (EST)

Keep up this great resource. I bookmark your site, best greetings.
Pat-Beate <[email protected]>
Toronto, Ontario Canada, NY USA - Friday, January 07, 2005 at 08:58:20 (EST)

Holiday Greetings from Portland Area Wireless Association. 73, Pete KB1IBA
Pete <[email protected]>
Portland, ME USA - Thursday, December 16, 2004 at 07:35:07 (EST)

hi i would like to know if anyone has heard of the rca victor "red seal record" Brahms concerto No.2 in B flat major. with Vladimir Horowits with Arturo Toscanini and the NBC symphony and orchestra... if any one does please send me an email... i would appreciate it.. [email protected] thank you..
leyla <[email protected]>
woodside, ny USA - Monday, November 01, 2004 at 02:56:54 (EST)

I'd like to hear from anyone who knows something about the RCA MI-590237 receiver. I just picked one up at a hamfest. It looks exactly like the Harvey Wells T-90 transmitter, circa 1960. 
Dave, k9uim Dave Smith <[email protected]
Olney, ILL USA - Tuesday, October 05, 2004 at 12:15:47 (EDT)

Any info on the AN/GRR-4 UHF receiver? More about it on my web site at: 
Fred Chesson (Member: AWA)

Fred Chesson <[email protected]
Waterbury, CT USA - Saturday, August 28, 2004 at 11:41:53 (EDT)

Very informative, professional website. Keep up the good works!
Mount Holly, NJ USA - Monday, August 09, 2004 at 00:38:36 (EDT)

hamfest list very handi for me thruout the year ! mike
mike betlow <[email protected]>
old bridge, nj USA - Wednesday, July 14, 2004 at 22:16:18 (EDT)

Great list of links. Keep up the good work. Finding a good list of links like this is hard to do with all the junk out there these days.
Greg Hancock <[email protected]>
Show Low, AZ USA - Friday, October 10, 2003 at 18:57:12 (EDT)

Here is another RCA Camden History I developed for an engineer in Arizona.
Would you care to link it to your website.
Lytle Hoover 
Lytle Hoover <[email protected]>
Moorestown, NJ USA - Thursday, August 07, 2003 at 18:52:56 (EDT)

I have my grandmother's rca superheterodyne model u42 (Broadcast and shortwave)and was wondering if suggestions how to donate or sell it. Thanks
bill thomas <[email protected]>
springfield, , va USA - Monday, September 01, 2003 at 21:07:05 (EDT)

BILL ROUSSIE <[email protected]>
WILSON, NY USA - Thursday, June 12, 2003 at 12:54:40 (EDT)

LOIS HARVEY [email protected]>
NORTH BEND, OR USA - Tuesday, June 03, 2003 at 19:41:23 (EDT)

I have an RCA Victor Model 143 radio which is a family heirloom that is in need of cabinet restoration and mechanical repair. Looking to get restored and searching for a knowledgable, experienced, and reliable repairer. Any suggestions?
Bill Pointer <[email protected]>
Charleston, SC USA - Wednesday, May 07, 2003 at 17:34:14 (EDT)

Did a search on google for my last name and was surprised to find that your site is my last name.
John Vara <[email protected]>
Moscow, PA USA - Tuesday, April 01, 2003 at 23:15:46 (EST)

Thanks for the postage rates page. I just Googled, "postal rates to canada from the US" and bingo! There you were. Thanks again LL
USA - Monday, March 03, 2003 at 20:00:50 (EST)

It is a wonderful website you have built Pete. Since I am in the mail business, it is very useful to get access to the international postage rates. Excellent work. Keep it up.
Vivek Hariharan <[email protected]>
Hong Kong, Hong Kong - Friday, January 03, 2003 at 07:22:31 (EST)

I used the 2 meter repaeater atop building 17 for years while statoned at RcA/Ge years ago. Excellent Quality Assurance Dept. Is Myles Burke still doing well? Bud Vittoriano K3KK
Aladino R. ittoriano <[email protected]>
Newtown, PA USA - Thursday, January 02, 2003 at 11:02:33 (EST)

Just checking out ham radio sites. I am very interested in becoming a member of a club. I have a scanner & i can pick up some station. K3NN K3TU & many others.
Jim AKA Speedy <[email protected]>
Philadelphia, PA USA - Friday, December 27, 2002 at 19:31:16 (EST)

Hello, I found you at Altavista. You have wealth of information on your site and a nice design. Greetings from Germany - Paul
Germany - Monday, December 16, 2002 at 13:54:16 (EST)

Your site was very informative and helpful for my astronomy paper on geomagnetic storms. Thanks Steve
steve <[email protected]>
allen park, mi USA - Saturday, November 16, 2002 at 13:01:44 (EST)

NEIL SUTHERLAND-VE8CQ <[email protected]>
YELLOWKNIFE, NT CANADA - Tuesday, November 12, 2002 at 17:41:21 (EST)

Thank you! I was searching everywhere. Just needed to see how many stamps I needed for a simple letter to Canada.
Dick Allen <[email protected]>
Trumbull, CT USA - Thursday, October 17, 2002 at 10:44:12 (EDT)

I have three RCA Victor 45 rpm green-color records of Sons of the Pioneers. They are not in very good shape, but would they be of any value to anyone?
Joyce Bastion <[email protected]>
Stillwater, OK USA - Saturday, October 05, 2002 at 23:56:01 (EDT)

Thank you for the resources. Keep up the good work!
Joshua Bris <[email protected]>
Troy, NY USA - Thursday, September 26, 2002 at 04:57:44 (EDT)

My grandfather,John H. Fisher Jr.(W2PP0), unfortunately past away last year taking with him his vast knowledge of RCA electronics. However, he left quite a few old and possibly valuable, beyond sentimental, pieces of equipment. He worked at RCA as an electrical engineer for very many years. And I am hoping to find some genuine trustworthy people on this site. My Mom-Mom wants to throw things out and clean up the cellar. I would hate for any RCA history to be lost. PLEASE, EMAIL ME I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU. MAYBE SOMEONE EVEN KNEW MY POP-POP, I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR THE STORIES. PLEASE FORWARD THIS TO ANYONE YOU MIGHT FEEL IT WOULD APPLY. Sincerely Josh
John H. Fisher IV <[email protected]>
Mantua, NJ USA - Thursday, September 05, 2002 at 21:48:51 (EDT)

Cool site!
Jack <[email protected]>
Tampa, fl USA - Saturday, August 17, 2002 at 06:37:04 (EDT)

While cleaning out the attic i found a Victor Type 245 that looks like a radio, The S/N is 6864 and is labeled a Victor Talking Machine, The unit is in a nice floor model cabinet, Would any body be interested in this and what is the approximate value? Please let me know if you can help me with my questions, Thank you.
Myron Jenkins <[email protected]>
Aiken, C USA - Tuesday, August 06, 2002 at 15:51:40 (EDT)

How in the world did you come up with 1714 for the launch time of the next space shuttle mission? Bruce
bruce <[email protected]>
hopkins, mn USA - Tuesday, April 02, 2002 at 17:15:49 (EST)

Thanks for making a list like this available. It is a great deal of help for people going to the hamfest but also for me as SM to get the info out to the people of my section
jean Priestley <[email protected]>
Pennsauken, NJ USA - Tuesday, March 12, 2002 at 16:41:41 (EST)

Hi guys just surfing picked up your link fron the BRATS site. We, that is the Bredhurst BRATS we are the Bredhurst receiving and transmitting society from se england. our web sites are and come and visit us sometime. We have a rally coming up next week on sunday 17th (hamfest) and I notice that your hamfest is coming up soon, hope it all goes well. We exchange newsletters with the Baltimore brats if you would like to receive a copy I'll be only too pleased to send one or you can download from the web . Best 73 de martin m0aak
martin Pearson <[email protected]>
Gillingham, Kent uk - Saturday, March 09, 2002 at 17:06:42 (EST)

Looks like a very intresting club.
barry griffin/kd5pxu <[email protected]>
greenville, tx USA - Wednesday, February 20, 2002 at 16:05:16 (EST)

I think the "What HAMS like to do" section is the best "definition" of Ham Radio I have ever seen! I will refer any curious people to that page whenever they ask me about Amateur Radio!
Woody Woodcock <[email protected]>
Marlton, NJ USA - Wednesday, February 20, 2002 at 08:32:37 (EST)

tom jackson <[email protected]>
tallahassee, fl USA - Wednesday, February 06, 2002 at 11:12:41 (EST)

Thany you for providing this complete listing of all the area Hamfests. I enjoyed having it last year, and I'm sure it will prove just as useful this year...
Joshua Szulecki <[email protected]>
Westminster, MD USA - Thursday, January 31, 2002 at 21:56:18 (EST)

I've been looking for postal rates everywhere. I finally found some!
Amanda Turenchalk <[email protected]>
Greenville, MS USA - Thursday, January 31, 2002 at 01:10:27 (EST)

Looking for information about light house contest.
Franklin E. Du Bell <[email protected]>
Moorestown, N.J. USA - Wednesday, January 09, 2002 at 16:04:40 (EST)

great site, enjoyed my visit
D Discal <[email protected]>
Atlantic City, NJ USA - Wednesday, December 12, 2001 at 18:11:42 (EST)

Am seeking information re: a Ham Radio organization in Albuquerque, NM for the purpose of becoming an operator.
Janet Sue Dyer <[email protected]>
Albuquerqu, nm USA - Thursday, December 06, 2001 at 12:19:37 (EST)

What a great web site. Not one of the best but the BEST. Great Job.
Will let all my friends know about it

Rik Myers <[email protected]>
Albany, ny USA - Saturday, November 24, 2001 at 23:07:21 (EST)

Why aren't there any winter hamfests in our area?
Leonard Mahone <[email protected]>
Baltimore, Md USA - Friday, November 23, 2001 at 11:37:33 (EST)

I recently came across an RCA Victor radio/phonograph, model VCR-46 Superheterodyne. Original tubes and all. Looking for sites on repair, referbish? Ted Weaver
Ted Weaver <[email protected]>
Grand Rapids, MI USA - Friday, November 16, 2001 at 22:28:08 (EST)

This is a very helpful webpage, one of the best I have seen to calculate international rates. thanks.
marie mcneff <[email protected]>
Anoka, MN USA - Tuesday, October 30, 2001 at 08:12:28 (EST)

My father, Warren Foxhill, worked for RCA in the early '50s and then went to Martin Marietta for many years. My grandfather, Roy Foxhill, retired from RCA in Camden, and both he and my dad were big ham buffs. I don't know my grandfather's call sign but my dad's was the same his whole life - W4FRF. Sadly, I've lost both of them now, but I'll never forget getting on my dad's ham at about 5 years old saying, CQ, CQ, CQ. Great memories.
Kathy Foxhill Robbins <[email protected]>
Anaheim, CA USA - Tuesday, October 30, 2001 at 00:30:41 (EST)

Hello! I think your site is great!
Aika Miura <[email protected]>
NY, NY USA - Thursday, October 18, 2001 at 18:50:07 (EDT)

Thanks for the shuttle information! Very cool.
Murphy Thedogg <[email protected]>
north plainfield, NJ USA - Wednesday, October 03, 2001 at 11:05:49 (EDT)

When listening to 146.82, the repeater signs as WB2B, or at least that is what it sounds like.?
Robert Ford <[email protected]>
Westmont, N.J. USA - Thursday, August 23, 2001 at 18:58:02 (EDT)

Very good site. Good information. I worked in Camden ('53 to '83).
Bob Sandford K2CXT <[email protected]>
Greenville, SC USA - Sunday, February 18, 2001 at 21:43:28 (EST)

Seems like you should also have this reference in your museum
J Schulze <[email protected]>
Wi USA - Sunday, February 04, 2001 at 17:51:31 (EST)

Web Page is very Cool I Like It
Sylvanus Darrisaw <[email protected]>
Detroit, MI USA - Sunday, January 28, 2001 at 07:45:42 (EST)

After wasting 1/2 hour on the usps web sites to find if international rates had changed, your site gave it to me in seconds. Congratulations, that's great!
Margarete Peterson <[email protected]>
Randolph, NJ USA - Wednesday, January 24, 2001 at 12:51:46 (EST)

I hate you guys. You have all the good links listed! How do you do that? David Hurley,n2zhy American Red Cross,n2arc David Sarnoff Radio Club
David Hurley <[email protected]>
Princeton, NJ USA - Wednesday, November 22, 2000 at 15:35:42 (EST)

Nice Job Pete.
Bob Jones <[email protected]>
Phila, Pa USA - Saturday, November 18, 2000 at 00:09:38 (EST)

Very nice web page.
Stan Hojnacki <[email protected]>
Blackwood, NJ USA - Friday, October 27, 2000 at 22:17:39 (EDT)

Welcome to the Victor Amateur Radio Associations Guestbook. Please be respectful of others and post only appropriate comments. 73, Pete N2LVI
Peter Greene <Pete Greene, N2LVI>
Camden, NJ USA - Monday, September 25, 2000 at 17:15:50 (EDT)

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