The guy in the picture is Bob Mirriam, W1NTE who
runs the New England Wireless and Steam Museum
Looks like it would make a great nut cracker…
A great story about the early days of radio and the YL’s that helped raise awareness of Telegraphy and CW.
Got this key on eBay from a Pawn Broker. He didn’t have any real clue about what it was so I got it cheap. The key is in incredible shape and so is the storage case that came with it. I cleaned it up and then made a “dit tamer” which screws in to a small hole I tapped in the existing pendulum weight. That got me down to about 18 WPM. With the weight off the dit speed is about 22 WPM and with the arm removed all together, the dit speed is about 30 wpm. That’s why they called it the Lightning!
Great newsreel about CW from the late 30’s
From the Ham-Radio-History Group:
High speed morse was being sent via paper tape up to 300 WPM during WWII. Check out the equipment and the people that made it happen.
This is a great interview about Ham Radio in it’s earliest days. A must listen. Thanks to the Ham Radio History yahoo group!
Did you know that the inventor of the electric telegraph was an accomplished and devoted painter recognized throughout Europe? Well he was.
Check this out
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