Old Military Training Video: Hand-sending Morse Code

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by NW7US, Aug 3, 2017.

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  1. W8IXI

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    Thanks for the posts. It's fun to recall this stuff. I can't recall exactly when I learned morse code, but it was in the late 60's, and it was pretty much as in the videos.

    It was a straight key sort of thing, and recently I discovered, at the bottom of a box in my attic, my original Speed-X key. Sometime later, I had replaced it with a J-38. Still have that too.

    Unable to match N2EY's 50 year record, I can only claim 48 years at this point. But once you learn it, use it for a couple of years or more, it's always there.

    73, Mike
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  2. K4NYW

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    It does - however, that isn't a US Navy ship......
  3. KA4DPO

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    You are right, it was a British ship but maybe the key was lend leased? Anyway I found a shot of a radio room on a pre-war Navy ship. Looks like Frankenstein's lab but the lack of a key makes me think the OP was probably a phone man. :D Don't see a mic either. :confused: Dou you suppose they ran digital?

  4. SM0AOM

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    If one takes a real close look, the picture is post WW2, most probably early 60's.

    The typewriter has an Olivetti label, and at the extreme right is a NATO enclosed ITT leaf-spring that became common in the 60's.

    There also is a "bug" that looks like a McElroy late 40's clone that was very common.

    The key in the middle is most probably a licence-produced Marconi key, of the type that was installed in all rental Marconi ship stations.

    Last edited: Aug 14, 2017
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  5. KA4DPO

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    I assume you are looking at the picture in my post #20. If you look on the extreme right hand side of the picture there is what appears to be an enclosed flameproof key with a navy knob, I am not familiar with that style of key but I have seen that very typewriter with the ribbon shield in many photos of WWII ships radio rooms.

    This is a picture of the J-5 key, not mine but exactly like it. Mine was made by Bunnell Mfg.

    Flameproof Key.jpg
  6. SM0AOM

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    Well, I know it is a post-WW2 NATO key because I have one.

    The pictures below, http://www.morsekey.net/keys/nato.html, show the Marconi manufactured version, mine
    that was part of the ITT Marine offerings looks a little different.

    The leaf-spring keys saw wide-spread use after WW2 since they gave a very good "feel" for a fraction of the cost for a needle-bearing or roller-bearing key.

    Some 37 years experience of civilian and military ship's radio have made me see my fair share of shipboard installations and their keys...


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  7. N2EY

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    That picture looks like it was taken at the AWA Museum.
  8. WB2WIK

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    Hand (straight) keys make my hand hurt just looking at them.:)

    Haven't used anything but a set of paddles (or occasionally my Vibroplex bug) in over 40 years. But even with these "the whole arm on the table" is a must, for me -- so the key is always set back at least the distance from my elbow to my fingertips.
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  9. KA4DPO

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    That is an interesting key. Is the switch for keying different transmitters?
  10. SM0AOM

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    The switch could be wired for whatever purpose you wanted, some used it for generating a constant key-down for tuning, some for receive/transmit when the installation was not full-duplex or for selecting transmitters.

    Civilian installations as I recall it, never used the switch.


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