Straight Key Triple Play

Discussion in 'Straight Keys - CW Enthusiasts' started by N3PM, Jul 14, 2019.

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  1. N3PM

    N3PM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Found these prizes at a hamfest recently. In a small cardboard box, that I guess no one else looked into.
    J-38 in very good condx, Signal Elec 590 in good condx, and a clean Bunnell 6B (pretty sure), only has the "6B" in a readable spot.
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    Looking for ideas on on a mounting scheme for the Bunnell. Never saw one before.
    Mike N3PM
  2. K5DH

    K5DH Ham Member QRZ Page

    Since nobody else has said it, I will. . . NICE FIND!

    Unusual shorting lever on the 590. Is that original, or some kind of home-made replacement?
  3. N3PM

    N3PM Ham Member QRZ Page

    I'm not sure Dean. If it is HB, it's a nice job. Out of the three, the 38 was the only one I recognized immediately.
    Mike N3PM
  4. WA3LKN

    WA3LKN Ham Member QRZ Page

    The little one is colloquially referred to as a 'spy key' but it's actually off a test panel made by Western Electric.
    Nice finds!

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    Last edited: Jul 20, 2019
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  5. N3PM

    N3PM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thank you for the info. I hadn't found the article you posted.
    Mike N3PM
  6. WA3LKN

    WA3LKN Ham Member QRZ Page

    That was from "The Vail Correspondant", #15 April 1996 issue.
  7. M6GYU

    M6GYU Ham Member QRZ Page

    If all those small keys had been 'spy' keys there must have been millions of spies knocking around. :rolleyes:

    Likewise, many of the keys on Ebay in the UK are described as 'rare' and/or 'collectors items', when often they are commonly and easily available.
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  8. WA3LKN

    WA3LKN Ham Member QRZ Page

    There are lots of greedy and ignorant people listing telegraph items on ebay at 50-100X what the value would be to a collector.

    I think it's hilarious seeing the junk people offer at stratospheric prices.

    Like anything else in the collectables world, as a consumer of collectables you have to know the value of the items.
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