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[VHFcontesting] AM Radio Telegraph Key

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Subject: [VHFcontesting] AM Radio Telegraph Key
From: Les Rayburn <les@highnoonfilm.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Feb 2016 21:55:42 -0600
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Way off topic in terms of VHF operation, but not sure who else to ask. 

As a boy of 7-8 years old (late 1960’s) I remember attending a ham radio club 
meeting in Cleveland, TN. One of the members there had a straight key that 
transmitted modulated CW to any nearby AM radio. Basically, a wireless code 
practice oscillator. The range was very limited, probably less than 100 feet 
but it worked well. 

He loaned it to me while I was learning the code—and I thought it was the 
coolest gadget ever. Soon after, I moved onto a novice ticket and 80 Meter CW. 
The key was returned to him, and I didn’t think of it again for years. 

Searched high and low on Ebay, but without a manufacturer or other clues, it’s 
proven impossible to find. Does anyone on the list recall these keys? Any idea 
who made it, or how I might go about finding one? 

Any information would be most welcome. 


Les Rayburn, N1LF
121 Mayfair Park
Maylene, AL 

Member WTFDA, IRCA, NRC. Former CPC Chairman for NRC & IRCA. 

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