Paying Homage to Telegraphy

Wheelock Signals Relay – used by Western Union in their Telegraph System I have a few cool collectibles related to Morse Code, Telegraphy and the “living history” surrounding it. This is because I understand how Amateur Radio is the “keeper of the code” because we are the last group left to keep this art alive. Having fun with old Telegraph components I’m working on…

Is DX-ing a Detriment to Telegraphy?

It can be argued that Telegraphy was the one thing that was the gateway between the old world and the new I’ve only been a DXer since 2001. When I was WA2QHN in NJ back in the early 70’s, I was an NCS “Traffic Man”, and CW was my medium. I have now become semi-addicted to listening to the W1AW Bulletins nightly on 160M…

Fake News in the 1800’s!

One of the better parts of this book was how during the Civil War and thereafter, telegraphic news became something that was revolutionary more than evolutionary. In fact, for the first time in the history of man, people could get news round the world in seconds. People would wait for up to the minute news, mesmerized at the new communications method and speed What…

The Origin of 73 . . .

Western Union Telegraphers were asked to abbreviate their messages. Customers would write regular messages using their normal “prose”, and because the telegraph lines (at first) could only be used one message at a time, speed was important. Also – while customers were charged by the word, Western Union’s profit soared when telegraphers could shorten the messages by 50% using abbreviations – many that we…

2018 and Telegraphy

This is one of a handful of reasons I am still active in Ham Radio. I am almost done with a history book on Telegraphy: It reads like a college history book, not quite as entertaining as the biographies that I read before this, but a book that shows just how the time period covered has all kinds of parallels with today and the…

The Greatest Invention: The Relay or Switch (?)

from “Lightning Man, the accursed life of Samuel F.B. Morse” by Kenneth Silverman While working on my Inverted L switched transformer circuit: And simultaneously reading how Alfred Vail helped Morse create a way to make the Telegraph viable, it occurred to me that without a relay – an electromagnetic switch – Telegraphy would not have taken off. The relay is what let you daisy…

2018: My Year of Telegraphy

Cool items for a shadowbox that I will be putting together to kick the new year off right . . .  2016 was my “Year of the Low band Receive Antenna”. 2017 was my “Year of Ham Meets Maker”. Inspired by a very interesting biography on Samuel FB Morse, and the pivotal role Telegraphy played in history, I’m calling 2018 “Year of Telegraphy”. Sure,…

2018: My Year of the Telegraph

A few years back I read this book and it was excellent – I highly recommend it. I’m reading a biography about Samuel F.B Morse now, and will read this book next: What is really great is that I am one of us Telegraphers who are the legacy of Samuel F.B. Morse and the invention of the telegraph. A very big part of this…