This is a recent photo of the radio room operating position. Lots of listening, some voice and some cw (telegraph) happens here, mostly on the shortwaves with the exception of 160 meters which is medium wave. The ICOM IC-7200 covers the 60 meter band even with the new channel frequency. Also 60 meters on cw covered in the memory channels. The Palomar VLF Converter helps in the LF and VLF ranges like 600 meters. The Yaesu FTDX-3000 does a nice job covering 160 meters to 6 meters, with auto-tuner and the MD-100 desk mike. Fits into the desk shelf very nicely. However, there is still a lot of manual reading to do for more familiarization. Newly added is the older Drake TR-4C Transceiver with separate MS-4 Speaker, MN-2000 Tuner, and AC-4 power supply. Works great on cw. Just got a 3 conductor mike plug (smaller diameter than standard 1/4 inch types). Got a nice D104 to work with it on SSB or AM. It has a noise blanker switch on the front but there is none installed.
This is the very nice old Canadian Marconi spark key from 1905 on into WW1 time. A heavy key with the old style long handled knob of the earlier keys. .............................................................................
The key shown here is the Marconi Wireless Telegraph Co. Ltd London serial number 444. A good solid Morse key with a condenser in the base for contact spark suppression. Interesting the cutout area on the top of the lever just like the large Marconi spark key shown down below. The ivory ID badge on the rear of the key base came out around 1905 to 1907. And here is another view of the number 444 key. Here is a nice working Swedish key from long ago that has been mounted on a different wooden base. Very nicely done, reminds me of the Marconi keys with the additional wood piece across the ends of the wooden base to keep it level and straight without warping. This key just arrived December 13th 2013 from France. A nearly identical(perhaps identical) key image is shown with it. The image is of the key sold on ebay quite a few years ago in Europe. I have looked a long time for one of these. It has the wrong knob on it, so now the search for something more correct. No information on the maker, equipment used with, date made or what country it is originally from. It seems like a key made in Germany. A nice working key with an unusual spring underneath the lever, like a coiled clock spring laying down with the coils pushing upward. Again the same key above after some cleaning up. Looks like most of the hardware was chrome or nickel plated. A bit of pitting in a couple places but overall in good condition. Seems like a Junker key knob would be the closest knob to place on the key lever, although smaller in size. Temporarily put a knob from an RAF type F "Bath tub" key. Fairly large contacts, so is it a type of spark key? Remains to be seen.

Reference Short Wave Stations

  • CHU Canada 3KW am 3.330MHz and 14.670MHz and 10KW am on 7.850MHz
  • WWV 2.5KW am on 2.5MHz and 20MHz, and 10KW am on 5, 10, and 15MHz

Links To Pages and Others That May Be of Interest

Home Page of Station WA0F
Our National Amateur Radio League
The Radio Society of Great Britain
Station WWV Frequency Standard
W1TP Special Museum Site-Keys etc.
Great Ship Radio Room Photos & Info
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