At the Orkney Wireless Museum



Displays this year include, ‘Early Communications in Orkney’, showing how early communications were established internally in Orkney and with the Scottish Mainland.  Early Pentland Firth cables are on Display along with Orkney’s first house telephone.  An important item is the wireless morse key used by ‘Wireless Willie Scott’ of North Ronaldsay in communicating with the lady operator Margaret Sinclair in the neighbouring Island of Sanday.

Our wartime photograph archive has been much improved with new binders clearly indexed with the contents on the covers and spines

Our display ‘Early Television in Orkney’, which has a replica Baird 30 line television receiver based on the one built by brothers James and Jack Twatt in in 1931, has been enhanced with more information and pictures.

Our Display boards have been further enhanced with early covers of ‘Radio Times’ and vintage magazines. This includes a cover of the 1967  Radio Times which featured the famous climb of the ‘Old Man of Hoy’.

Our Museum shop has been re-stocked with lots of new items which make a super gift to take home.




Every year the members of the Museum hold a Special Event Radio Station on the anniversary of Marconi's birthday in April and also during Orkney's annual Science Festival in September.

We also participate in the local Vintage Rally held in August.

Members are willing to open the Museum on request for special occasions. 

This Museum is well worth a visit, whether you are local or on holiday.


Listen out for GB2OWM on the airwaves.


Below is the “QSL” card sent to each contact made.  This is a very sought after card.