Potter and Brumfeld Mercury Wetted Relay

Mercury Wetted Relay

The Hallicrafters HA-1 “TO Keyer” uses this relay as a main component in the keyer. Its an odd bird for sure – liquid mercury makes the contact in this relay. I was able to find replacement parts – but they are $120 or so NOS.

Looking at the schematic – yeah, this bugger does look like its the main keying device in the circuit as far as its output to key a transmitter goes. Here is a really nice description of the circuit in the “TO Keyer”, names after Jim Ricks, W9TO (SK):

http://www.ai4fr.com/main/page_ham_radio_hallicrafters_ha1.html

 

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