This is my first ever straight key. Nye of Bellevue,Washington. It has fast action and easy adjustments.
I have always been interested in radio telegraphy CW. Over the years I've acquired a few instruments of the trade. I wouldn't call my telegraph keys a true "collection" yet but I thought I'd share what I do have.
If you already know the basics of J keys and want to skip the intro to get directly into the heavy "rivet counting" click here for more than you ever wanted to know about J keys. The known numbers range from J-1 to J One of the most popular of the "J" keys is the J
Morse code, or CW, is a subject that divides the amateur radio community from top to bottom. With it no longer in significant commercial or military use it is radio amateurs who keep it alive, and those for whom it is a passion devote considerable effort to its continuing use. With well over a century of history behind it there are a huge array of morse keys available to the CW enthusiast.
Manual keys. Click on buttons to the right to navigate for keys from different parts of the world. Click on the picture to enlarge it.
The instruments are in approximate chronological order: Oldest first. McKay, President of the company. Broadway, New York.
I created this website to provide a comprehensive timeline of telegraph instruments in photographs. Pictures of telegraph instruments can be found all over the web; however, they tend to be scattered amongst on-line auction sites, as well as collectors' and museum websites. So, what I am attempting to do with telegraphkeys. Although the site focuses mainly on photo galleries, I will be adding more information to the website as time allows, concerning other topics such as telegraph key restoration methods, telegraph patents, tips on collecting, etc.
These include everything from the popular J which was contracted for production by the U. I hope you'll find it interesting. Lionel J The U.