Friday, Dec 7 was Pearl Harbor Day.  To remember this historic event the local volunteers of the USS Indianapolis Memorial Radio Station held an open house for anyone to come and see their display.  Visitors came from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM on both Friday and Sunday.  Being that I had to work Friday, that left only a small window of opportunity for Sunday.  It turned out to be a nice chance to get out of the house since the weather was pretty dismal. The USS Indianapolis story is quite interesting as it played an integral part in WWII by carrying the first operational atomic bomb.

I’d been meaning to go for a visit now for a few years.  Their display is located inside the Indiana War Memorial in Downtown Indianapolis.  It’s really impressive the way they were able to recreate the actual layout and dimensions of the original USS Indianapolis.  Unfortunately, it was sunk out at sea so everything had to be figured out from pictures and first-hand memory of survivors.  They have a very nice collection of period radios and accompanying gear in the display.  Much of the vintage gear is good, operational condition.  They also have a compliment of modern ham radios and antennas for special operating events.  Their biggest event is the Museum Ships Weekend in June.

Here are a couple shot of the back wall.


And here’s a shot of the side wall operating position with one of the amateur radio stations.ww2ind4


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