Well it is NaBloPoMo time again. Yep a post a day for a month. Least its just 30 days. Last year was computers and the previous was cameras. So this year is communications with a radio emphasis. If you are going to talk communications, you have to start with the telegraph. So first up is the possibly the oldest bit in my collection.
A J. H. Bunnell Telegraph key. This one is actually a Western Union key. Yes them. It was probably produced between 1898 and 1906. Definitely the end of production was before 1920. The nifty thing is I can hook it to the transceiver I bought this May. Yep send Morse with a new radio using a hundred year old key.