Thursday, May 29, 2014

OLD-STYLE COVER FOR A MODERN LOG

     It is modeled after one published by Bud in the 1930s:
     I'm not too unhappy with how it came out.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

PORTABLE-MOBILE LOGBOOKS FOR AMATEUR RADIO

     Any more, hams are not required to keep logs - but it is nice to have a record of who you heard from, and when.  Here are a couple for portable and mobile operation -- Field Day is coming up!
      The upper one is an ARRL original, found at a well-known online auction site.  The lower is one I made when I took a ham station along on an extended out-of-town trip.
     ARRL version is "shirt pocket" size, 6¼" by 4".  Mine is 8½" by 5½", trimmed from standard-size pages with one cut.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

TELEGRAPH KEYS AT 2014 DAYTON HAMVENTION

     A selection of old keys -- and one new one -- from the Dayton Hamvention:
"Pendograph," with a base-supported vertical pendulum for forming dits.

Pendograph close-up.  The owner let me try it -- very nice feel.  It's a "release of tension" design like the Mecograph: the reed is flexed at rest, and released to vibrate when you work the left paddle.

"Automorse," an Australian-made fully-automatic mechanical key.  Full-auto for International Morse, as used on radio, anyway:  the third paddle is for the long dahs of landline Morse, and that's manual.

This is a Mecograph, one of two versions.

The original machine for live coverage of news -- cut into the nearest telegraph wire and get to sending! You see these in old photos of press coverage of sporting events and Presidential appearances.


Sounders!

A full-auto, all-mechanical key built by Indy's own brilliant Richard Meiss. He knows more about the physics of bug keys than any man alive. This key is palm-sized, and uses a mechanically-varied mass to switch between dits and dahs.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

LETTERING GUIDE

     No copyright -- and no wonder; if you want to use these fonts, you're going to need a set of Speedball pens! 
      Full-size, this is a large image, intended for your use when lettering by hand.  The 16th Edition "Speedball Text Book - Lettering - Poster Design - For Pen Or Brush" that accompanied it, you'll have to find for yourself. It's a delight from another century, a succinct guide that presumes the reader has a modicum of talent or the patience to get the job done the hard way.  They're on to the 23rd ed. now; it would be interesting to see how much has been kept.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

TYPEWRITER FONTS

     Richard Post offers a wonderful collection of free, downloadable typewriter fonts at his site!  Royal's "Vogue" font is very similar to the typefaces used for labeling on some Millen ham radio gear.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

CHICAGO RAILROAD FAIR, 1948

     Shot on 8mm, right there in 1948 -- and what a collection of vintage transportation hardware!

Friday, November 15, 2013

W9BSP: A HAM'S HAM, A TEACHER'S TEACHER

     His name was Marshall H. Ensor.  He was a shop teacher in Olathe, Kansas; except for a stint traning radiomen during WW II, he spent most of his life there.  He spent it talking to the world and not just idle chatter, either -- Marshall Ensor (and his sister Loretta) spent evenings sending code practice and "teaching radio by radio," a free-for-the-listening lecture course over the powerful W9BSP - W9UA transmitter.
     I'd read all this in back issues of ARRL's magazine QST.  What I didn't know is the house where they lived is now a museum and the grounds around it are a park.  That big transmitter, in its fine-furniture cabinet, is back on the air again.

     As a shop teacher, he reached thousands.  There's no way to know how many people, all over the world, he taught about radio.  Tens of thousands?  (This modest man admitted in a resume sent to the U. S. Navy, "Reputed to have trained more radio operators than any other individual in the United States.") And all from a farmhouse in Kansas.