This page will be used as a temporary display area for new items being added to the museum.
After a period of time the new items will be moved to the page corresponding to the category of that item. The length of time depends on how often I update the pages. Right now I have probably close to 75 items that have not been entered into this online museum.
This nice set of 2-meter scanning transceiver and matching power supply was just received (4/6/12) as a donation to this museum from the estate of Howard E. Clement, K6HEC, of San Diego, CA.
Howard's first ham license in the early 50's was W7WZL. He Upgraded through the years and finally received his Extra Class license in 2002, at the age of 83! Howard was 92 when he became a silent key in January 2011.
The transceiver by itself is a mobile rig but by adding the matching power supply it can be used as a base station on your desk in your home. This is a very clean rig and one of the later models (1980-1983) from Heathkit. It was a departure from Heathkit's trademarked two tone green cabinets.
I would like to thank Bob Davies, K7BHM, for making this donation available to the museum.
This is a model TG-7-B teletypewriter and it is pretty much the same system as a Model-15.
The model-15 design dates back to the early 30's but it is believed that this model is from 1946. There are stampings on the machine dated 1950 and I suspect that was when the machine was certified through some calibration shop in the Army Signal Corp.
This machine was donated to the museum by John Street, grandfather of a friend, Johnathon Jones. Thank you Mr. Street for you donation. My friend was nice enough to haul this all the way from the Chicago area back to the Monterey, California. The machine is in great overall condition but since it had sat for so many years all the lubrication had dried up and became gummy. I sprayed WD-40 on the moving parts and let it set over night and, low and behold, the machine fired up the following day.
There is a roll of paper installed in the machine but it just crumbles to the touch so I found a roll of paper that I think will work and it can be seen on the shelf under the printer. I also need to replace the glass in the cover and will probably put some Plexiglas there as a temporary measure. I have found on-line sources for the military manual for this machine and for restoration tips. Believe it or not, the ribbons are still available for this machine on line!
Here is the name plate from the teletype. Notice how clean everything looks.
This shows the stampings on the machine dated 1950. Perhaps someone knows what all those abbreviations mean and can let me know via email by clicking here.
If you want to hear what these old machines sounded like while receiving traffic then click here to listen to a youtube video of the machine in operation.