January 2021 Virtual Auction

Conducted Through Zoom

MAARC's First Online Auction - Featuring Good Radios and Items

Sunday, January 17th, 1:00 PM

COVID is pushing us all in ways we hadn't expected, and now MAARC's intrepid antique radio experts are stepping into the 21st century with our first online auction because we cannot meet in person. Our January 17 auction will include items from the National Capital Radio and Television Museum, Northern Virginia Radio and Television Historical Society, National Electronics Museum, and the Felder collection being liquidated by MAARC. (The museums' items were donated to the museums for fund-raising, they are not from the their collections, and they are nice.) Since this is our first live online auction, we have kept it small--about 50 items including restored radios, radios ready for you to repair, broadcast and ham equipment, tubes, capacitors, resistors, and some modern A/V equipment.

Procedures for this auction are available by clicking this link. It will be live, but different than an in-person auction, so please read the guidelines ahead of time. You won't want to miss winning that special item because you didn't understand the procedures.

The catalog with pictures and some descriptions is available by clicking this link. Because of COVID, there will be no on-site inspection, so look at the catalog.

Since it is an online auction, all bidding will be conducted online, real-time. It will be in the Zoom conferencing app, and all bids must be entered in the Zoom Chat function. Bidders will enter dollar-amount bids through the chat function of Zoom. We will have a demonstration and practice sale at the start of the auction. Please get familiar with Zoom before the auction.  After the auction winning bidders will receive an email invoice from MAARC. Payment must be online, through the PayPal account identified in the Auction Procedures document.

All bidders must be pre-registered before the auction and paid-up MAARC members will be automatically registered. You will receive your bidder's number when you join the Zoom conference; MAARC members do not need to apply to register. If you do not belong to MAARC, you should, but if you just want to bid, anyway, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to pre-register. No registration on the day of the auction.

After the auction, winning bidders must pick up their items by appointment at the National Electronics Museum in Linthicum MD, near BWI airport. MAARC and NEM will not ship items from this auction. Please get a local person to pick it up for you. 

How to Join the MAARC Online Auction on Zoom 

Click the following link to join the meeting on January 17 by 12:30 pm (join early): 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87197326013; enter passcode 419152.

When a box asks you to Open Zoom Meetings, do it.

The Meeting Number is 871 9732 6013; enter passcode 419152.

Please join the Zoom meeting by 12:30, so we can give you your bidder's numbers.

In addition, the meeting will be recorded and posted on the MAARC YouTube channel within two weeks. Go to www.YouTube.com and search for "MAARC video" or click here. (If you don't want your image to be recorded during the meeting, turn off your video on Zoom.)

More Zoom Instructions 

We will conduct the meeting on Zoom, which is becoming to familiar to many people these days for both work and family communications. You will need a computer or smart phone with screen (to see), speakers (to hear), and a microphone (if you wish to speak). Or you can dial in with a regular telephone (to hear) and optionally, watch the video on your computer. It's OK to sign in with a regular phone without a camera or microphone; you just won't be able to show your face on the screen, but you can then see and hear the entire meeting.

If you have not yet used Zoom, here are some tips:

Go to Zoom.us, download, and install the client program. (Click on Sign Up, It's Free to download.) Start a Zoom meeting for yourself and play with the interface.

In a meeting, you will see microphone and camera icons in the lower left corner of the screen on PCs. If there is a line through one of these icons, it means you mike is muted and/or your video camera is turned off. To toggle them on/off, click the icons. The host will mute all microphones during the presentation to prevent interference. 

In the upper right hand corner of the screen on PCs, is a Speaker View/Gallery View choice. Speaker view will make the speaker's image larger, with smaller videos of other participants. Use this during Show & Tell and the presentation to get the biggest picture of slides and photos. Gallery view presents small videos of all participants, up to 49 per screen; click the right or left arrow to see the other participants.

Click on this link to join the meeting on January 17 by 12:30 pm: 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87197326013; enter passcode 419152.

When a box asks you to Open Zoom Meetings, do it.

The Meeting Number is 871 9732 6013; enter passcode 419152.

The auction will start at 1:00 p.m. EDT, but please sign in at least 30 minutes early to make sure everything is working properly.

To join by regular telephone with no video (that is, not a "smart phone") dial one of the numbers below and enter the meeting number. You can speak and listen on the phone; press *6 to toggle mute/unmute.

Dial by your location and enter Meeting Number 871 9732 6013 and passcode 419152.

        +1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)

        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

        +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)

        +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)

        +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

        +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

Meeting ID: 871 9732 6013, passcode 419152

Find your local number here


NCRTV Museum Gets Recognition

The National Capital Radio and Television Museum, which originally was originally founded by MAARC, 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 Phico 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 2,000patrons 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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