Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Antique Telephone

Here are some photos from George KW7GAM showing his antique phone. Click on the slide show thumbnail to view the photos full size. George said: 
The old Western Electric telephone needed a few drops of oil on the generator shaft. I had to open it up so I took a couple of pictures.

My Dad brought it up from South Alabama when we were kids in the 1950s. I'm sure it must have been when my future company, GTE, was converting to dial in its Alabama properties. My brother and I had it working back then, and I restored it in the 1970s.

See the little key hanging on a loop of the battery wire that the telephone man used to open the compartment with the secret electronics.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Ten-Tec Hamfest 2010

Phil KB4XX and Tim WA4PTZ attended the Ten-Tec Hamfest on 9/25/10. Here's an excerpt from Phil's email report:

"For those who have never been, this is  what I would consider an “old-fashioned” hamfest… free parking… free admission… free outdoor flea market (bring your own tables (or just open your tailgate) and set up shop).  The flea market takes place in a small gravel parking lot behind the building with overflow up the grassy hillside behind that. Ten-Tec has a big tent set up in front of the building where they show off their wares… with demo stations you can operate."

Click here to see a nice photo set by KE9V. One topic of discussion on this morning's 3740 QSO was the new Ten-Tec Model 599 Eagle transceiver that appeared at the hamfest. Gee, I wonder how they came up with that model number?