STATION W5FZ HOME PAGE 2014/2015

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 ICOM IC-7200 covers the 60 meter band even with the new channel frequency. Also 60 meters on cw covered in the memory channels. Using the nice James Millen 92201 Transmatch Jr for matching, does all the bands except 160 meters. 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). 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 Yaesu FT-900CAT transceiver running on the Alinco power supply. Works great and does 60 meters too USB and CW.
These two Marconi Type 365A's are special to me due to the serial numbers, the one on the right arrived today 08/23/2014. The original one I have had a few years came from a retired British policeman. It was serial number 8500. The new(old) one just came with serial number 8501. Both with covers and nice condition. The two keys also had the "MARCONI's WIRELESS TELEGRAPH CO LTD LONDON" BADGE ON THE LEFT SIDE.
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. k key? Remains to be seen. This is an interesting type of key. I had only the image for years and finally found one with four terminals at the back but what seemed like a wrong knob. Then recently got the last one with three terminals but with the correct knob like in the photo image. So I switched the knobs to make my first one correct. The knob is 1 5/8 inch in diameter and the whole knob assembly is about 1 inch high. The knob comes fixed to a round metal piece that has a threaded screw hole in it for mounting on the key. Not sure if they are from Germany or elswhere. These keys have an interesting spring design in that it is like a pocket watch coiled spring streched upward to give pressure on the lever adjusting screw. More information needed to figure out where they actually came from. Still up in the air over France and/or Germany. Here are two photos showing a view of the French WW1 Aircraft Spark key and one of the above keys on the black base. So looking at the lever of both keys, it would seem they both were made by the same maker in the same country.....i.e....France,,,not Germany after all...but is that correct? More research..... Here is the nice Japanese small WW2 key(without cover) received at the Texas City Hamfest 12 July 2014. Very nice key that mounts in small weighted base and shown removed from the base in the next photo. At Dayton Ohio HamComvention this year May 17th 2014 I found this very nice key offered by the SKCC group or marked that way. At the LNR Precision booth where they had the PAR EndFedZ antennas for sale(am using one for 40m). A well made key that works great. I did not plan to get a "New" made key this year, but glad I found this one. Presently using these three fine keys for cw ops, just switching around at will. Makes it a bit of fun.

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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