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Keying Apparatus - Unknown Manufacturer, High Voltage, circa 1913 Object Reg. No: ST 015476

High voltage keying apparatus with morse key and keying relay.

The keying relay (ST 15476.1) works in combination with a morse key (ST 15476.2) to switch the power on and off to a spark transmitter. It is used to isolate the morse key from the high voltages and current involved in driving the spark transmitter. The wide gaps of the relay are sufficient to break the high voltages.

When the morse key is in its open position, the rear contacts connect to the top coils of the relay via the globe. When the key is pressed, the bottom coils are actuated pulling the contacts closed.

Designed in 1913 by John Graeme Balsillie, at the time, a wireless adviser to Commonwealth Government. The instrument was used at Commonwealth land stations.
Relay consists of four coils mounted between two plates; two on a base plate. Four brass pillars on base support a top plate carrying two pairs of sliding contacts and two pairs of butting contacts. The two upper coils are mounted on the underneath of the top plate.

Morse key, brass, on brown wooden base, also carrying a swich, a bayonet contact fitted with a carbon filament lamp and three terminals.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Australia: Post Master General's Department (PMG) Wireless Branch, 1925
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 145 mm (Height), 160 mm (Width), 160 mm (Length)

More information

Tagged with: morse keys, telegraph equipment, radio transmitting equipment
Themes this item is part of: Information & Communication Collection
Primary Classification: COMMUNICATIONS
Secondary Classification: Radio
Tertiary Classification: transmitters
Inscriptions: Relay:
On each of the top coils: D
On each of the bottom coils: E
On the contact bridging straps: L M

Morse key:
Switch: ON OFF
Lamp bulb: (GE logo)
Paper label on bulb: 16 c / EDISON / 220
Manufacturer: Shaw Wireless Works, Randwick, New South Wales, Australia, circa 1913

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