Living History and Telegraphy

San Francisco and the San Francisco Bay Area is a Mecca for “Living History” enthusiasts like myself. It always cracked me up that while Fisherman’s Wharf was crammed with holiday makers, just a block away there is an Oasis and wonderful world that is a lens into the past, The Hyde Street Pier.

There is also the Cable Car Museum, Fort Point, Fort Funston and the International Street cars running up and down Market Street and along the Embarcadero. There is the Maritime Museum. There is Grant Street with  Cafe Trieste, Adler Cafe,  City Lights Books and Chinatown nearby. Across the bay there is Jack London Square, Rosy the Riveter Museum. The Radio History Museum is in  Alameda. Down South there is the Computer History Museum.

I’m so lucky to have the week off between Christmas and New Year’s because it’s the perfect time to visit these places.

I can’t wait to get my book today and dig into the history of Morse Code. Like Richard Carrington, who had a tough life, it sounds like Samuel F.B Morse did too. But history has been very kind to them as they are known for their significant contributions to art, science and letters.

Here is something I just realized – the history I am most interested in is when man started communicating using technology, and I mean wired technology, not smoke signals or lights or screaming from the mountain tops. The advent of the telegraph – which coincided with the railroad is what interests me the most. It would be until radio was invented before there was ship to shore communication – and I do remember that was one of Marconi’s first successes – was ship to shore radio communication. So – its funny how transportation and communication went hand in hand.

My next phase in Ham Radio will combine the historical aspects of radio and everything before and after. I am going to make a concerted effort to get my code speed up and start long rag chews just for the love of CW. I will also get into QRP, but with the best antennas possible.

I just ordered a pneumatic launcher, and I’m seriously thinking about switching to having one wire antenna after 3Y0Z, a loop skywire or something else that I have never tried before. HOWEVER, the one antenna that I will always keep up is the DX Engineering DV-40-P 40M phased array. That is one of the best antennas that is so easy to put up and maintain and which offers great performance – huge bang for the buck!

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