American Radio and Research Corporation (AMRAD) Records, 1915 -- 1982

This collection has:

1.0 Linear Feet
2 boxes

The American Radio and Research Corporation (AMRAD) was formed in 1915 by Harold J. Power. Power, a 1914 Tufts graduate, had extensive knowledge of wireless sets, and had served on J. P. Morgan's yacht as a wireless operator during his school vacations. Upon graduation, he formed a small company with three other Tufts graduates which aimed to improve existing wireless receivers. After receiving backing from J. P. Morgan, Power became the General Manager and Treasurer of AMRAD, with additional employees and several student volunteers. Using Morgan's financial resources, he constructed a small building on Tufts campus with a 300 foot transmission tower atop it. By 1917, AMRAD was manufacturing receivers for the military, as well as broadcasting regularly on the station 1XE. Though the station was shut down along with other amateur stations during the war, they continued to sell receivers to the military and resumed broadcasting in 1919.

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