Online Air Defense Radar Museum Guestbook

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Welcome to the Online Air Defense Radar Museum. We hope you enjoy your visit, and that we have contributed a little something in the name of those who served.  Gene.

Please consider joining our new radar museum organization, The Air Force Radar Museum Association, Inc. AFRMA is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit Ohio Corporation. Our sole purpose is the creation and support of the National Air Defense Radar Museum at Bellefontaine, Ohio. Please visit our home page to join or donate to this cause. AFRMA, Inc. - The Air Force Radar Museum Association, Inc.. Follow the "Memberships" link on the AFRMA home page.


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10/07/2015 00:00:00

Name: Gene
Email: hq AT

I got a very intriguing email today.

"Just picked up one of these for the museum in very good condition. Came from of all places the town landfill. Needs new wires but have fifty feet of black if they need it and enough red to replace the positive lead.

Speaking of the museum, I'm still waiting for someone to pick up the
rest of the stuff. Scopes parts tektronix probes galore, three or four tek scopes, various test equipment including nixie desplays, uniforms including my parka, original issue tool chest, foot locker, tons of BNC cables and connectors and much more.

Selling the house and if I have a buyer it has to go and I'd prefer our museum."

Here's a link to a page on the meter:

Is there anybody in the New England area who can collect these things for our museum, so that they aren't lost? If so, please contact Fred Boulin and get'er done. We can figure out how to get it to Ohio later. - Gene

09/26/2015 09:29:49

Name: John Tianen
Email: jtianen AT

Veterans of the 656th Radar Squadron located near Saratoga Springs, NY recently erected a historical marker near the old radar site. Nearly 100 veterans of the 656th and others who helped us make this project happen gathered in Saratoga Springs on September 22 to dedicate the plaque. The following morning, several 656th veterans met at the marker's location and placed the plaque on its pole. To see a photo of this marker, visit our website at When the home page opens, click on the link titled "656th Historic Marker".

09/24/2015 10:07:01

Name: Gene
Email: hq AT

OK - I think I have the Patches & Emblems gallery unscrewed-up now. Please let me know if you have problems with it. - Gene

09/22/2015 13:40:01

Name: Gene
Email: hq AT

Just a note - working on another issue, I've managed to break the "Patches & Emblems" gallery. I'll get this fixed as soon as I can. - Gene

09/21/2015 15:55:11

Name: Gene
Email: hq AT

Keith Boettcher -
You have a membership package in the mail, was sent a few days ago. Now that I have an email address, I'll put a new member email out to you, which has your member ID & password in it. - Many thanks for your support! - Gene

BTW - since AFRMA is not necessarily a veterans' association, but rather a support organization for a (to be) public museum, we've dropped the "Associate" classification. All AFRMA members are "Active". GM

09/19/2015 14:43:07

Name: Keith Boettcher
Email: boettcherk AT

I am joining as an associate member. My $25 check to AFRMA (my full name is Harold K Boettcher) was recently cleared. How do I get my membership access set up? (In my youth I lived in Cambria, CA (1953-1979) and have memories of the 775th AC&W at Cambria AFS.

09/14/2015 17:08:53

Name: Tom Page
Email: historian AT

Re 27th Air Division Yearbook on sale, eBay item number: 321844010926 -- we have a copy of that yearbook already. It's at my residence, along with others in the Radomes, Inc., collection.

09/14/2015 17:04:24

Name: Tom Page
Email: historian AT

Steve Weatherly: Just F.Y.I., the FAA had no involvement at Point Arena AFS. None whatsoever. After the Air Force "Blue-Suiters" left, the site was maintained and operated by Air Force Civil Service technicians. The AN/FPS-24 radar swap-out with an AN/FPS-93A model was earlier than you listed, around 1975 or 1976. This was not part of the JSS conversion. The radar change was simply to get rid of the AN/FPS-24, problematic in high winds (as you know all too well). And the AN/FPS-93A was the final search radar. Its radome was type CW-396A. -- Tom

09/10/2015 16:36:19

Name: Gene
Email: hq AT

Gary - definitely overpriced, by a factor of about 5, IMO. We don't have this yearbook, and would love to have it. If anybody wants to pony up for a very nice donation, please do. Contact me for shipping address if you decide to donate this to us.