PA3CLQ's Leuke Linken Nr. 498


[slowspeedwire] Shorpy Historic Picture Archive :: Brakeman in Black: 1939 high-resolution photo

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Just in case you missed them, here are the links to a couple of YouTube videos featuring telegraphy.

The first was just recently made of Abe Burnett at the former N&W depot in Boyce, VA now home to the Railway Mail Service Library on Morse Day 2018.

Your D&D editor makes a cameo at the beginning of the video.

For a number of years now Frank Scheer, the curator, has held a Morse Day celebration at the depot and I had the pleasure of spending several years in a row at this celebration earlier this decade.

I can highly recommend the experience.

In this video Abe talks about the telegraph and his experiences.

It is very well made and I think Abe has a future on TV, he makes a very good spokesman.

Anyway, here's that link:

Just released but made quite a number of years ago at the Silver Creek and Stephenson Railroad

in Freeport, IL, it shows MTC members Jim Adkins (former MTC president), Keith LeBaron (former MTC GST) and Lester Fouke doing a telegraph demonstration at this museum probably in the mid to late 1990's.

The link to this video is in a letter to the editor in the Spring 2018 edition of "Dots & Dashes" but the total URL given is wrong.

One that works is:

Anyway provided for your viewing pleasure...

BTW, Keith and I think Jim at least were residents of Freeport, I'm not sure about Les Fouke. In case you don't know, the train order fork was invented by a tower operator in Freeport and the company was originally located there before moving to its better known location, Shelbyville, IN.

Anyway, I had the pleasure of knowing all three gentleman although as the film points out, all are now passed.

In fact it was when trading emails with Keith in late 2001 while trying to learn more about the MTC and telegraphy in general that Keith talked me into joining the MTC.

I attended my first Morse Day with the Grand Chapter the following spring held in Rochelle, IL.

In early summer 2003 I was working at a job site in Chicago, the Belt Railway of Chicago's large hump yard, "Clearing", and learned that Keith and MTC member Barney Baxter were still doing such demonstrations at the museum on occasional Saturdays and I would be in Chicago for one of them, June 14th.

I drove up to Freeport that Saturday and visited with them, seeing their demonstration.

This visit was documented with photos in an article I wrote for the Summer/Fall 2003 issue of "Dots & Dashes" on page 11, my first article for D&D.

Not mentioned in that article, later in the afternoon I took their train ride which travels northeast from the museum which is at the south end of track (relayed by the museum on an abandoned Milwaukee Road ROW).

When we got to the north end of track about 2 miles from the museum, we stopped and spent what I thought was a rather long time just sitting there.

I remember the wind coming up but nothing out of the usual.

It wasn't until we returned to the museum that I found out the reason for this delay was that a tornado had touched down near the museum and all the staff and volunteers including Keith and Barney had been directed to leave for their own safety. Now you know the rest of the story...

73, Chris Hausler


Hello Everyone:
Here is a link to a bittersweet article about the closing of an MTC Chapter due to the aging of its members.

This article is of value historically and it serves as an important reminder of the need for younger generations to step-up to preserve the history and traditions
of telegraphy and the telegraph industry.

James Wades


I have started teaching a few the Morse code, but find they soon lost interest as I guess they donТt need it to make a living, donТt have enough time to practice, and then get interested in some other project.

But I have given a lot of lectures about the history of Morse, shown my film УHow Telegraph Changed the WorldФ, along with two display boardsЧone on УHow Telegraphy Governed the Movement of TrainsФ and the other УThe Evolution of CommunicationФ that I put together.

The lectures went over very well.

Lavina Shaw


Slower bug recommendation

You may not be able to slow the Lightning down below 15wpm all that easily.
What I've done in the past is on a drill press , drill a 1/8" hole thru the rectangular weight and another hole at right angle to it and tap it for 8/32 threads.. that way the stainless rod can slide back and forth .. simply change the weight rod for different lengths to find your speed range or use a small round ball brass weight at the end... like in this picture of it on a Bunnell Flash lightning style key.



Pictured below is one method I've used to slow down Lightning/Champion style bugs with the rectangular weight and flat dot arm.



Frank W7IS


Below is my answer to slowing down my 1922 Vibroplex Original.



Vry 73,
Jay W8ES


3D printed Vibroplex Bug Tamer

Editor ..... From my PLL Nr. 466

I'll be working a Vibroplex bug on this month's WES.

I bought it a year ago and never really used it because I couldn't reliably get the speed where I was comfortable using it.

Recently I built something to help control the speed and didn't stick out 3 miles off the end of the pendulum.

If you're interested in the device, I have posted a video of it at:

Here is a link to print your own.

If you would like to own one and you don't have access to a 3D printer.

I'll help you out.

See video for more information on how to get one shipped to you.

I'll hear you for the WES when I get off work this evening.

I'm doing some experiments with using an apple orchard as an antenna array.

I'm seeking help from an antenna expert on what the best way to connect the rows of wires holding up the trees might be for optimal performance as a receive antenna.

I've created a short video which shows the orchard and how the wires are arranged.

If you have a minute, take a look at the video and let me know what your thoughts are.


73s & Enjoy! N4IVE - David Gale

Yes, David use rifle shell filled with lead.



This is my J-36 Ч stamped on the back as a 1951 key, with an 18579 serial.

Note the appearance of the original tag (in relatively good condition compared to most), and the prominence of the studs.

Grant NQ5T

And other nice pictures like old rigs of Hammerlund



Wisdom / Humour or.....

Sorry for asking for this capability before seeing the reply asking me not to ask.


Part 2

Don't try to kid ME!

You named your key.

It's OK.
Personally, I never anthropomorphize my tools.
They hate that.



On 14-May-18 08:23, KA8VIT wrote:
My Son graduated from West Point last year, Class of 2017, and is now a U.S. Army Cavalry Reconnaissance Officer.
As a graduation present, we bought him his Class Pistol, (and I bought one for myself too).
These are custom made to order for the graduating class by Colt and are Model 1911-1991WP .45 ACP.

All the engraving has USMA West Point Class of 2017 significance.
Even the serial numbers are USMA.
Just thought I'd share for you 2nd Amendment types.
73 - Bill KA8VIT


Outdoor 20W Multifunction Portable Manual Crank Generator Emergency Survival Power Supply at:


Hello Friends.

Space Weather update from Dr. Tamitha Skov 05-17-2018

The latest from Tamitha Skov 05-24-2018.

"... The newest of these regions has been actively firing solar flares since it was on the Sun's backside. All this activity has boosted the solar flux so amateur radio operators and emergency responders are enjoying decent radio propagation ..."

Cheers, Darrel, AA7FV

Have a nice day / week(end) gents, BCNU.

73, Yann, F5LAW

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73, from the town at the rivers "De Bergsche Maas" and "De Dongen" Geertruidenberg (800+ years city rights) at: 51.702211N 4.853854E

Editor Jan Pieter Oelp PA3CLQ



My simple website about Gigantic DF-Antennas

Part 1 "DF-Antenna Wullenweber Array"

Part 2 "DF-Antenna USSR Variants"

Part 3 "DF-Antenna USA Variant"

Next Part 4 "USSR OTHRA DUGA 1,2 & 3" at: