[VHFcontesting] AM Radio Telegraph Key

Steve Tripp (K1IIG) stephen.tripp at snet.net
Fri Feb 12 07:31:01 EST 2016

Hi Less,
Type in Google "wireless code practice oscillator" and you will find a ton 
of various types. Here is the one you are probably looking for made by 
Lafayette (LRE) http://www.n4mw.com/cp029.htm which transmits on the lower 
portion of the AM band.


> 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.
> 73,
> Les Rayburn, N1LF
> 121 Mayfair Park
> Maylene, AL
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