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Historic Morse Keys Presented to NRC

September 08, 2022 By: Chris G3YHF Category: Club, News

A collection of historic Morse keys has been donated to the RSGB National Radio Centre by the family of Colin Baker G6ZDQ (SK)

Colin was a founder and much respected member of Wythall Radio Club (photo below left, operating in the Club shack that he helped to construct).

Examples from the collection will be displayed on rotation at the NRC. 

A keen CW operator, he built up a collection of vintage keys including the ‘Bathtub’ used by the RAF in World War II and a Chad Valley Signaller.

The international collection includes straight and paddle keys from Japan, Russia and Australia. 

The donation was accepted by Richard Horton, G4AOJ, the Chair of the RSGB Board (third from right) from Colin’s partner Janett Beer (centre) and daughter Anna Gifford (second left).

Also present were Wythall Radio Club members who knew Colin well – Anita Richards 2E0DUO, former chairperson of Wythall Radio Club (far right), Club President Mike Pugh G4VPD (far left), Phil Newth 2E0WTH (third from left) and Pete Richards M5DUO (second from right).

The collection was catalogued and researched by Chris Pettitt G0EYO, Wythall Radio Club’s Training Coordinator.