The Old Morse Key

Me and my Samson ETM-3C double paddle Morse key have been together rattling out messages in Morse code for over 40 years now. The key has never let me down and we have travelled the world together. I’m pleased to report that both me and the ETM-3C are still going strong with a whole lot more dots and dashes still in us providing our respective batteries don’t conk out. Come in Tokyo!!!

To generate dots and dashes, you have to ‘key’ the two paddles side to side. One paddle generates continuous dots, the other paddle generates continuous dashes and, if you squeeze both paddles together, then a stream of dots followed by dashes will be sent. The trick is to manipulate the paddles in order to build up the Morse code characters.

The Old Morse Key – Richard Broom Photography

The Days of Steam Radio

I was inspired by John’s posting about Steam Radio on his Las Vegas Photoblog.

There are a diminishing number of us radio old timers around these days. And the number of us who can use Morse code is also falling away. Only the Amateur Radio folks keep Morse code alive.

This video below was taken of me between 1993-1995 when we lived in Cyprus. I held the Cypriot Amateur Radio callsign 5B4AFC and used Morse code exclusively. My old ‘squeeze keyer‘ morse key – an ETM3C – has been with me for well over 40 years now and is still going strong. People, in these days of nearly instant global communications, find it hard to believe that, when I started out as a Merchant Navy Radio Officer in1972, Morse code was our only way of sending data from ship to shore. Happy days!

Richard – 5B4AFC

The Morse Code Man

Who said the Morse code was dead!

The Morse Man from Richard Broom on Vimeo.

The Young Radio Operator

My grandson tries his hand at signal intercept and code cracking at Bletchley Park

The Young Radio Operator

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