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(high frequencies) with the exception of 160 meters which is medium frequency. The Palomar VLF Converter helps in the LF and VLF ranges like 600 meters and lower. The Yaesu FTDX-3000 does a nice job covering 160 meters to 6 meters, with auto-tuner and the MD-100 desk mike. The memory channels are good for WWV and CHU Canada, plus all the Maritime cw frequencies for annual "Night of Nights" (July 12 2014). The Hallicrafters SR-400 Cyclone is a real nice operating set from the past and fun to use. Does 80 through 10 meters(no WARC bands). Put a cooling fan over it through the bench top to move a lot of air. Using a modified Astatic D104 Night Eagle microphone, works great. Newly added is the ICOM IC-7300 Transceiver on the top right side, works great, still learning. Even newer as an addition is my Hallicrafters SR-500 (has 2-8236 Pentode tube finals) with PS-500 power supply received today 04--7-2017. More testing to do, etc, its 3 band 80/40/20 only. Placed it in another operating location downstairs.
This shows the newly received Emilio Caimi Italian Morse key received December 02, 2016. It was sent to me from Italy 7 November 2016, so it took awhile. A very nice key to use. Very heavy, no plug for the rear connections to radio equipment, so I used alligator clips with banana plug sockets with banana plugs, worked great. No ID plate on the front of the key but working on that too. The key on the right is the very rare French(used to think it was German) key, very nice to use, and unusual design.
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. this is the rear view of the 444 key with the ivory name plate. 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 is the very nice old Canadian Marconi spark key from about 1905 on into WW1. A heavy base key with the old style long handled knob of the earlier keys.
Here is the very nicely made UFT Special Key from France made for the 30 year period of 1985 to 2015. Brass on wood with badge.

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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