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Posted By: Ted Wagner on: 06/14/2002 13:37:45 CDT
Subject: RE: Telegraph Sets

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I'd like to add something here. Buying a camelback key or producing one is not the most cost-effective manner if you are starting out. The link to Tom's stuff is a good one and the knowledge is something you can't pass up.

There's nothing wrong with using more "modern" equipment as long as you make sure you tell folks that although representative of telegraph equipment used at the time, what they are seeing being demonstrated does not EXACTLY represent the equipment they actually would have "had".

Case in point, telegrpah registers were still used in many civilian telegraph offices at the time. In fact, telegraph registers were used well past 1900. You will read many an anectdote about fellows copying by ear as a "backup" or a way to double-check what's coming in on the register. Sometimes reading carte-blanch of the register, you could make some simple mistakes. (remember, we're talking about what we now call American Morse).

Not to get off the subject...just remember, if you have to resort to using a 150ohm relay that has a bakelite base, no problem...just be advised that it's probably not good to pass it off as the real deal. ;-)

Ted

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