Ham for the Holidays: Amateur Radio Operators, Then and Now
On view through January 5, 2020
Los Altos History Museum
Los Altos, California

“Ham for the Holidays: Amateur Radio Operators, Then and Now” is a historical perspective on how radio hobbyists help keep neighborhoods safe during disasters, in an exhibit appearing in the J. Gilbert Smith House. The exhibit features ham radio equipment through the years, and archival photos of hams and local volunteers. Visitors can learn more about what hams do, how they communicate with each other, the equipment they use, and how they keep our community safe.

“Ham radio operators have volunteered to keep our community safe for a very long time,” said Dr. Amy Ellison, Exhibition Curator. “They work behind the scenes to help during disasters and big community events, and their work often goes unrecognized. In this season of being thankful, we wanted to show our gratitude through this exhibit.”

Image courtesy Los Altos History Museum collections