Some time ago, I chanced on a nice Yankee No. 100 tool set. Readers suggested I keep watch for a No. 106 boxed set of "radio tools," which, other than a soldering iron or copper, contains about everything you'd need to build a 1920s-type radio -- and is plenty useful on later equipment.
At present, I am repairing the case, starting with the badly cracked bit holder. The two long screwdriver blades are missing, as is the uncommon Ratchet Tool Holder No. 230. They may be a very long while in the finding.
Thursday, January 29, 2015
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
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!
Saturday, May 17, 2014
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.
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
No copyright -- and no wonder; if you want to use these fonts, you're going to need a set of Speedball pens!