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(The instruments are in approximate chronological order: Oldest first.)
* = (Items no longer owned.) ** = (Items in other collections.)
5510 MON-KEY ELECTRONIC KEYER: (28KB)
The first Electronic Key. Mfg by Electric Eye Equipment Co. Danville,
Ill. New-in-the-original-box with manual and unusual detailed papers
describing all company business matters, sales, inventory, plans..
Complete set - as sent to a prospective buyer of the company!!
(This model was my first electronic key and the raw 110VAC from
the resistive line cord appeared on the key mechanism and gave
VERY nasty shocks if you got careless in the middle of a QSO.)
5510a Page 1 of the MON-KEY instruction manual: (50KB)
5510b Page 2 of the MON-KEY instruction manual showing schematic diagram):(96KB)
5510c Page 3 of the MON-KEY instruction manual: (89KB)
5510d Page 4 of the MON-KEY instruction manual: (91KB)
5520 LITTLE MONSTER AUTO-KEY (MADE IN VERMONT):(17KB)
This small electronic key with very unique 4-ball bearning pivot
mechanism was manufactured by Alex Trembley (W1GQJ) who was an
engineer for the power company in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. The
label reads: "Little Monster Auto-Key, St. Johnsbury, Vermont. Pats
Pending by LCR." There is an internal inscription: K1CUX 4-24-66 fm
5550 * GREY-BASED EL-KEY PADDLE:(26KB)
This is an all chrome plated mechanism mounted on a grey painted
base. The label reads: POUCEL ELECTRONICS, EL-KEY. It was
manufactured by W2AYJ, Robert E. Poucel of Babylon, Long Island, NY.
5551 * BLACK-BASED EL-KEY PADDLE:(14KB) Same as 5550 but with black base.
5564 EARLY AUTRONIC PADDLE:(19KB)
This paddle has an all chrome mechanism integrated with a cast base
which is painted in grey wrinkle finish. The finish has numerous
chips. The word "AUTRONIC" is cast in raised letters on the top
and "ELECTROPHYSICS CORPORATION", Newport Beach, Calif is cast into the
underside of the base.
5566 * MORE MODERN AUTRONIC PADDLE:(17KB) Same as #5564 except lighter grey & more modern hardware.
5570 KUNGSBACKA - FIRMA KUNGSIMPORT PADDLE:(20KB)
Aluminum mechanism on wood base with hacksaw blade armiture & wooden knob.
3 Suction cups on bottom of base. Label reads: FIRMA KUNGSIMPORT, Box 257,
434 00, KUNGSBACKA, Postgiro 9 10 99 Sweden. About 200 of these keys were
made in the late 1970s by Hank Svard a Swedish Radio Operator at the SAG
Goteburg Sweden shore station and his friend, Bengt-Arne Jockert / SM6CKU.
About 50 of them were sold to Americans. He writes that his key business did
not thrive so he had to keep on working at SAG. He said "it was a thrill at
the beginning of every watch to caress the wooden handle. The ability to
switch between sending very very slowly or very very fast made you feel
totally in command. You created your own style and therefore you were greeted
by name by the other ships calling in". The suction cups were notorious for
losing their suction causing the key to suddenly and surprisingly drift
across the operating table.
5580 * BROWN BROTHERS "UTL" PADDLE:(21KB)
Chrome iambic mechanism on beat-up grey base. The UTL or:
Unbiased Two-lever mechanism has a crisp light 'feel' and
is considered very desirable by collectors.
5585,5585A * BROWN BROTHERS "CTL"
PADDLE & STRAIGHT KEY:(17KB)
This straight key & paddle is mounted on a grey base.
The CTL Two-Lever' mechanism is considered to
be a bit less crisp than the UTL mechanism because of the
flat springs which are used instead of bearings. The key
is also supported by a flat spring and has no bearings.
Compare this mechanism with number 5590 below.
5590 * BROWN BROTHERS "UTL" PADDLE &
This straight key & paddle is mounted on a grey base. The UTL or:
Unbiased Two-lever mechanism has a crisp light 'feel' and
is considered very desirable by collectors. Its mechanism
is supported by adjustable bearings. The telegraph key also
has adjustable bearings supporting its lever.
5600 * RARE CODETROL PADDLE:
This rare paddle was made by Breedlove who also made the exceptionally rare
right-angled Codetrol bug. The photograph was sent to me by another
5640 * ELDICO EE-3A EARLY ELECTRONIC KEY (14KB)
This is one of the very early electronic telegraph keys capable
of making both self-completing dots and dashes automatically.
This key was sold as a kit as well as factory wired. This one carries
serial number 0414.
5640a * A Rear View of the ELDICO EE-3A (26KB)
5645 * DUOMATIC AUTO-KEY. Early electronic key manufactured by
Electronic Signal Devices.(Traded to Tom French, W1IMQ.)
5680 * HEATHKIT ELECTRONIC KEYER/PADDLE: Heath Model HO-10 fully automatic
5682 * Same as above.
5690 * TenTec KR40 Iambic memory keyer.
5700 ** PADDLE MADE FROM A McELROY BUG:
The maker of this paddle cut off a McElroy bug to convert it into a
5700a ** Another view of the Paddle made from a McElroy Bug:
5700b ** Another view of the Paddle made from a McElroy Bug:
5800 * VIBROPLEX BRASS RACER - Iambic Keyer s/n 02216
5880 SPECIAL MANUFACTURE KENT COMBINATION IAMBIC
PADDLE AND STRAIGHT KEY: The Kent Company in Great Britain was
commissioned to make a small lot of these interesting keys.
I was able to photograph this example at the Dayton 2000 hamfest where
they were on sale.
5910 * NOVOSIBIRISK MODEL ARE80 RUSSIAN PADDLE:(18KB)
Impressive heavy chrome plated 4" round base with built-in keyer.
Triangular pruple paddles. KLOJ-8-N painted on bottom. (Traded to
5912 * RUSSIAN ELECTRONIC KEYER / PADDLE:(37KB) This interesting Russian Keyer was found at the 2000 Dayton Hamfest. It came with the original box and a very complete set of instructions with full schematics. Here are some more views of the paddle. Darrell, ZL/W6HPM tells me that the design, based on a hacksaw blade, may have been suggested by the use of a hacksaw blade by Russian marine operators to make a sideswiper, the Russian name for which was 'pila' (pee-LA) or saw.
5912a Another view of the paddle and box:(30KB)
5912b An end view of the box:(29KB)
5912c A view with the cover removed:(30KB)
5912d A close-up view of the paddle which looks as though it was made out of a hacksaw blade:(29KB)
Traded to K9WDY.
5920 GERMAN HANNES BAUER PADDLE:(20KB)
This unusual paddle has three rings of ball bearings separating the
three moving parts. It was found in Germany at the Friedrichshafen
hamfest and it was manufactured in the mid 1960's by Hannes
Bauer of Bamberg, Germany. This paddle has two brothers. One is
much smaller with a solid plastic base. It is designed
to be attached to the operating
table by screws or directly to the keyed transmitter. The other
is a bug of the same color which was sold under the name 'Edelmann'.
Apparently only a small number of these bugs were manufactured
and they were succeeded by this paddle.
(NOTE: Please also see the magnificent Hannes Bauer BUG which is number 7860 in the Bugs section of the museum.)
5925 ** GERMAN HANNES BAUER PADDLE:(13KB)
This is another variation of the paddle shown above. It is
owned by collector Cortland Richmond, KA5S, who bought it in
Weisbaden Germany in the 1970's. See also the Hannes Bauer Paddle
and Bug mentioned above.
5925a Bottom view of the German Hannes Bauer Paddle: (14KB)
5955 ** NORWEGIAN NORSK AUTOMORSE MODEL AM-14C
KEYBOARD KEYER:(22KB) This small keyboard style keyer was
designed by Leif Patrick Evensen, who had a company in
Gothenburg/Sweden, at least from 1956 to 1974, named Telespeed,
later Aksieselskapet Automorse. He made three versions, the last
one (on the photo) around 1969.The first one operated with 14
mechanical relays, the second one was more stable, based on a
diode matrix with only two relays and the last one was completely
transistorized. After the first, the US Militairy authorities
claimed promptly: Too many moving parts. The unit was than
withdrawn from the market. 45 of them were released by the Norwegian
Militairy Forces and sold for nothing which urged Evensen to publish a
warning so the units would not be taken to sea. The second one was not
waterproof and the Norwegian authorities really never accepted the
Automorse. Because of Norwegian reluctance the third version also
never entered the market to any extent. It measures 9 X 21 X 33 cm.
It is in the collection of Anton Klok - PA3AQV in Holland who was
kind enough to supply this information about it.
5980 * HI-MOUND "AUTOKEYER" ELECTRONIC KEYER:
This is a very interesting looking keyer made by Hi-Mound.
5987 THE J. M. MARCH PADDLES:
These paddles were made by J. M. March in the 2000s.
5987a Another J. M. March Paddle:
5987b Another J. M. March Paddle:
5987c Another J. M. March Paddle:
5990 THE FAMOUS QST J-38 PADDLE:(15KB)
Many hundreds of these iambic paddles were made by hams after
an article in the July, 1952 issue of
QST described the basic design. The paddle is made
by simply screwing together two J-38 straight keys and mounting
the resulting mechanism vertically. This ugly paddle has
a surprisingly good, crisp, light, ''feel'' and compares
very favorably to a well adjusted Bencher paddle.
Another view of the J-38 Paddle:(15KB)
5995 THE FOOT PADDLE:(15KB)
This is a very well made paddle designed for the digitally-challenged
operator who must make both dots and dashes with other limbs. The
dot contacts are on the right side and the dash contacts are on the
left side. As you can see below, the instructions suggest different
methods of manipulating the paddle depending on the operator's preferences.
5995a The Foot Paddle Making Dots:(15KB)
5995b The Foot Paddle Making Dashes:(15KB)
5995c The Foot Paddle in High Speed Operation:(15KB)
5995d The Mechanism of the Foot Paddle exposed:(15KB)
5995e A closeup of the precision mechanism showing the hex-head capscrew fine adjustments:(15KB)
NOTE: I AM ALWAYS LOOKING TO BUY OR TRADE TELEGRAPH KEYS !
Professor Tom Perera
Montclair State University