Hand crafted brand new Jokey and KBX keys for sale!
|My CW (Morse) key collection © OH6NT Updated 7-sep-2017|
|Any comments or information about the keys are welcome!
You can offer or donate :-) any spare key you have! It will get a good home. Donors will be credited!
I have duplicates of some keys and will happily trade/swap them (no sales). Tradeable keys have a red note.
Mail for arrangements, or send your spare key to my street address (see QRZ.com).
Meanwhile, enjoy the page. Vy 73, Thomas, OH6NT/OH6NZ.
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|K1. My fathers OH6NZ (SK) key, my first. Heavy marble base, the key is probably made by himself about 1950.||K2. Speed-X american telegraph key made by Les Logan 1937-1947, mounted on a J-38 Signal Corps base. I also have another J-38 (maker unknown), which was given to me by OM Hannu, SM5KWU. Thanks OM!||K3. R.A. Kent Engineering (UK) long arm straight key, built from kit. Acquired together with a Kent battery operated training tone generator from a ham flea market.|
|K4. Soviet special forces key, for field radio stations like R-131,R-143 and R-159. Silvered contacts. Used in most Warzaw pact countries.||K5. German Josef Junker MT Honnef/Rh D.B.G.M. Post-WWII civil commercial version.||K6. Signalling Equipment Ltd., UK (General Post Office) issue. Model "F-17", marked "L38" on the frame and the arm.|
|K7. Jokey #003-08. Hand made by OH6FJF Jalo Ojanperä. Brass metal work on oak base. Superb feel and craftmanship.||K8. Jokey #041-10 is intended to be a replica of the Finnish State Railroads (VR) standard key (See K9 to the right). Finnish handicraft by OH6FJF Jalo Ojanperä. The baseboard is temporary only for the delivery to the original buyer.||K9. The "real thing". A Finnish State Railroads (VR) key, serial # 75417. Made in Russia by Siemens & Halske in St. Petersburg before 1914 (or maybe as a copy at the VR Elecrical workshop). Gift from my very good friend Thomas OH6LEI. Thanks OM!|
|K10. US Signal Corps J-45 (J-37) pilot/tank key to be clamped on the thigh. Gift from Matti, OH1QT.
|K11. Kenpro KK50 long lever key with ball bearings. Made by Kenpro Kogyo, Toshimaku, Tokyo. Kenpro is owned by Vertex Standard (Yaesu).||K12. Kenpro KK60 long lever key with ball bearings and a dust cover. Made by Kenpro Kogyo, Toshimaku, Tokyo, owned by Vertex Standard (Yaesu).|
|K13. Delco bakelite key used with PRC64 spy radio set in USA. A similar key was used with the British A13 set and an Australian brown version is known to exist.||K14. German Ta.P. Baumuster T1, ("Taste Paula"). 1934 pre-WWII key complete with rubber coated base. Also used in Finnish Army WWII station VREHB "Bertta".||K15. Light small japanese practising key, the "Baby key". Cheap copy of the simple American SpeedX, in turn a copy of the Signal Electric spark key...
Trade possible, I have two of these.
|K16. Hungarian Warzaw pact military key, case and base is sheet metal. Used for the R-104 set.||K17. German Lorentz Baumuster T.2 Ln 26906, Hersteller D. The makers' sign makes this key rare! Mostly used by German WWII air force (Luftwaffe).||K18. USSR 3TA (TKF) bakelite key, "OTK 123" approval stamp inside. Used by Finnish army (SA) for training. Used in most Warzaw pact countries, post WWII. Made by ZTA Telegraphy Equipment in Cherkassy, Ukraine.|
|K19. Swedish army key bought from OT OH6PA, Ben. Used with swedish "Standard Radio" army stations 2W BR m/40-42 (PM7D), and 10W BR m/39.||K20. Swedish key, made probably by LM Ericsson. No markings, heavy marble base, TX/RX switch at left indicates military use.||
K21. Swedish Ericsson style brass key, white painted, allegedly made by SM7DBA, Åke in only two copies. Mounted on a heavy prespane plate. Tnx SM5OCK Håkan for the info.
|K22. Chinese army key, type K4 or DJG-4, heavy red painted cast iron base beneath the base chrome cover.||K23. British WW2 key, type KEY WT.8 AMP No.2 MK II. Mounted on a black bakelite plate "NORSTEDTS", probably by some ham operator. Key bought from swedish auction site.||K24. British WW2 key. It is a brass and black plastic key, marked KEY WT.8 AMP. No.2. MK III. There are hundreds of variations on this key.|
|K25. Japanese "SATO" key made by SATO Parts Co. Moulded bakelite base, nickel plated brass. Good key.||K26. Built in YA1860 brittish/aussie miniature key, bought at a flea market. Key originally used in field telephone sets to mark end of call/free line. The aluminium casing and the knob are not original.||K27. Siemens & Halske key (probably a Finnish copy, see K9 and K64) for training of ships' operators at Rauman Merenkulkuopisto (RMO). Has "RMO 160-11" (inventory mark) etched on the arm. Bought on a flea market.|
|K28. A Finnish brass key on birch wood with heavy iron base. Made by Turku Vocational Institute in the 80's, resembles a "Swedish Pump" key.||
K29. Hughes J-45 leg clamp tank/pilot key used by Swedish Army. Type KY872/PRC-104 (modified KY-116U), serial no. A 1132. Trade possible.
|K30. A brand new Hughes KY872/PRC-104 serial no. A 4503 used by Swedish army. Gift from my good friend Olle SM3YJE (SK). Thanks OM!|
K31. Magnificent key made by Olli, OH4LRP from hyrdaulic valve parts. Very Smooth and exact action, heavy base, 1,5 kgs.
|K32. Morsetaste model K 40 - VEB KFZ-Bedarf Leipzig, DDR. East Germany (GDR) army key, late model. Early models had a flat knob. Identical to their model K 64, without cable and plug. All bakelite. 1958-1990.||K33. Soviet era фЭП учебный (FEP training) key. Federal proof stamp (OTK 13) underneath. Made in 1978, bought from swedish flea market.|
|K34. Japanese Triumph copy mounted on a heavy brass base. Good feel and keying. Picked from Internet sale site. About 1970's. I have two of these, trade possible!||K35. Japanese Speed-X telegraph key clone (Miranda model TK4) mounted on a heavy iron base. No shorting lever on this key.||K36. This key was made in the early 1950’s for the Czechoslovakian armed forces. Used for RM-31 TRX and in tanks. Lift the key lever to put the radio in receiving mode, push down to transmit. Trade possible, I have two.|
|K37. Finnish key from Tampere Radio Club. Marked "TRA", "OH3NE" and "2". Bought from auction site. Make unknown.||K38. German Wehrmacht key TKP "Maus" ("Taste Klein Presstoff), a small bakelite key from 1944. Used in agent-, mobile- and tank radios. This key has the half-round button. Known makers are Konski & Krüger (gvx, logo "k|k") and Elektronische Fabrik Weber & Co. KG ("epz").||K39. German Luftwaffe training key TKP "Maus" ("mouse") made of dark bakelite. This key has a round button. Markings: 1941 BAL 969, logo "dbf/" (made by Hoppmann & Mulsow Elektronische Spezialfabrik, Hamburg) and "T1",|
|K40. "Swedish pump" key, army training version, made by Lennart Pettersson, Hoverberg. Bought from a swedish ham. Dust cover is missing. Condition otherwise as new.||K41. American Speed-X key no. 320 by WM.M NYE CO. INC. Bellevue, WA, USA. No. H15.681 in the cast at bottom. With Navy knob. Mounted in heavy oak base. Donors OH6ELN & OH6HXU. Thanks OM:s!||K42. Finnish Army Forces bakelite key (Puolustusvoimat) made by ASA Radio factory in Turku. Used with the Finnish army field transceiver VRFK. Black bakelite, brass inner parts.|
|K43. This is a Finnish KBX-102B key made by OH1KB Tapio Hirvikoski's moulding company "TH-yhtymä Oy" in Pori, which closed down 2012. The model is derived from a Russian key. TH-company also made manipulators and electronic bugs (KBX-101). See E3||K44. This is a VERY rare KBX-103 key made in Pori by "TH-Yhtymä Oy" (see resemblance with K43). Only about 20 of these were made. I got this brand new one direct from the maker when I provided him with some help.Tnx OM Tapio, OH1KB.||K45. British RAF F-type flameproof "Bathtub" key ReF. No. 10/F 7741 in perfect condition bought from OM Jimmy, SM2BYW. Used in British bombers (Lancaster, Halifax etc.) in explosive environments, usually with the wireless set T1154. Bakelite.|
|K46. Swedish miltary key, Tc15534, used ccommonly for the Ra200 Manpack. Complete with RX/TX switch and original "toothbrush" connector for the radio. Found via contacts in Sweden. Good working order, as new.||K47. Brass key, previous owners are OH2ZH Voitto, from 1961 his son Timo OH2BBC, and me from 2015. Made by WWII Finnish military radio veteran Olavi Mikkonen in Oulu. Base is curly birch, and secondary base is iron.||K48. Japanese HiMound HK-707 key made by HI-MOUND Electro Co. (Takatsuka). Still produced, very good condition. Knob is not original, but much better!|
|K49. Japanese HiMound HK-708 key made by HI-MOUND Electro Co. (Takatsuka). Still produced, good condition, cable restrainer is missing. Bought from M3NGE, Nigel in England.||K50. Original "Swedish Key " by Lennart Pettersson & Co., Hoverberg. Condition as new, but the porcelain knob is not original, but fits well. Prevoius owner SM7OH has exchanged the makers's plate for his callsign.||K51. Swedish key from about 1942 made by Svenska Aktiebolaget Trådlös Telegrafi (SATT), a subsidiary of Telefunken. Commonly used 1941-48 for ground to aircraft shortwave communication with FR-2 radio set.|
|K52. USSR aircraft key type P12 used in used in aircraft types LI-2, IL-12, IL-14 since 1945. Some fittings missing (switches?) in the near end. Aluminium casing, bakelite key. Bought from OT Ben, OH6PA.||K53. Big flameproof USSR military key used in tanks for several radio setups, R-102, P-140 and others. Bought from Jürgen, DG7YHK in Bünde, Germany.||K54. Swiss Army special troops training key, standard aluminium issue made by ZAG (Zellweger) & Knobel, used between late 30's until the late 50's. Base is beech.|
|K55. British S-R Cotel key, successor to the WT 8 AMP series. Manufactured by the late Jack Sykes, G3SRK by his company Lingard Electroncis. More than 50k keys were made of this type.||K56. VEB RFT, Funkwerk Köpernick "MT 50" standard east German (GDR) flameproof telegraph key, in very good condition. 1955-1990. Used at radio stations for commercial shipping, coastal radio and the People's Navy.||K57. Not really a telegraph key! Information from the Honorary Curator at telegraphmuseum.org:
It is probably a testing key, there are different special keys for telegraph cable capacitance tests. Charge the cable from a battery for so many seconds, then discharge it via a galvanometer and measure the deflection or 'throw'. The cable would be connected with the centre, and the battery and galvanometer to the other two.
|K58. German "klopfertaste", M.99 for German RTV and railways, built by Hartmann & Braun, Frankfurt a.M. Nice little brass key, w. silver contacts, oak base. Still used in WW1. Gift by my friend Kari OH5YW. Thanks OM!||K59. German Post Office (Reichs-Telegraphenverwaltung) 500 year Jubilee reproduction key, produced in limited number 1990, sold at the Post Offices. In top condition, working, never used. No box or manifest.||K60. Finnish or probably German key. Nickel plated brass mounted on hard rubber base. Size 68 x 107 mm. Holes for mounting. Purchase from OM Sami, OH3ELB.|
|K61. Authentic key from the Finnish WW2 spy radio "Kyynel". I came by this very rare key thru a ham friend. More details to follw. This is really tiny, only 35 (w) x 85 (l) x 26 (h)mm!Mint condition, original cord.||K62. Unknown (possibly Russian) key from a Finnish net market.||K63. Working Western Electric sounder, type 3C (140 ohms) and a legless Western Union key 2A, made by Thompson-Levering in Phila. PA about 1910. Click to see bigger pic.
I mounted them on a teak board for display and demo as a KOB.
|This is a Siemens & Halske telegraphy ink register for land line telegraphy, built in St. Petersburg between 1898 and 1914. In working order. Serial number 19612 accordning to embossing (see picture above at the right). Complete, with key, also by S&H, St. Petersburg See K64 to the right.||
K64. Siemens & Halske key, belongs to the land line register at the left. Serial no. 22288. Kyrillic logo С Г (S&H) on the bearing block.
|K65. The "Rolls-Royce" of manual keys: an Italian Begali Camelback, serial no. 137. Jubilee model "Marconi Day October 2th, 1999". Gold plated, contacts are 925/000 silver. From an OZ-flea market. Click for bigger pic.||K66. Clansman is a flame proof sturdy miltary key made by the Royal Factory of Ordnance in Blackburn for the British forces. In use since 1980:s for different Clansman radio equipment. Good condition.||K67. Llaves Telegrafica Artesanas (LTA) handcrafted GMV key, made by Guillermo Mestre Janer, EA6YG. Bought from CU2IJ in the Azores. Base is spanish oak and the knob is teak. Solid brass, polished and lacquered. Used but in excellent condition. 8 x 14 cm, weight 360 g.|
|K68. Home made key of my good friend OH6MH (SK). Donors OH6ELN & OH6HXU. Thanks OM:s!||K69. Original Swedish Öller & Co key, made about 1875. In good condition. Predecessor to Lindholm & Wikström and LM Ericsson keys, invented by Anton Henric Öller, who had a workshop in Stockholm for making "Telegraph equipment". This key was made available by Kari, OH5YW. THANKS OM! More info about Öller here. Click for bigger picture.||K70. L.M.Ericsson key, heavy with moulded base. Dual contacts, separate ciruits. Very good quality, smooth operation. Used by the Swedish marine.|
K71. Svenska Radioaktiebolaget (SRA) key from OT SM2JKI (SK) dissolving. Swedish military key, issue Tc15223. TX/RX switch on top and a four prong rubber moulded "toothbrush" connector. Various transmitters, ex. Ra620 and others.
K72. Svenska Radioaktiebolaget (SRA) key from Swedish ham SA2APO, Håkan. Issue Tc15223. No TX/RX switch due to training use only. Birch base, note the hole for fastening on training table leg!
|K73. L.M.Ericsson key, wooden base, with LM Ercisson logo. Singel circuit, opposed to the K70 above. Good quality, smooth operation, some vear and tear. Used by the Swedish armed forces and commercial services.|
K74. This is OT OH2SN's key from the 1920:s. Gift from OT Reiska, OH2HK as a token of our cooperation. Thanks OM! Make probably Valtion Sähköpaja (State electrical works), see resemblance with K75.
|K75. Finnish Armed Forces key, marked "Puolustuslaitos". Marking was in use 1922...1974. My guess is around 1950's. Nickel plated brass, base is hard rubber, 5 x 8 cm. Intended for mounting somewhere. Purchase from OH3ELB.||K76. This is a cheap toy key for learning Morse code, made in Hong Kong probably in the 1960's. Works on two C-cells (3 V) and produces buzz or light when keyed. Fair condition, some rust. From a net bidding site.|
|K77. This is a miniature Bulgarian all-metal key used as knee-mount by tank signalmen, spies or other with needs for a tiny key. Brand new, never used. Size about 9 x 5 cm!||K78. Here we have a Bulgarian army key from the 1970's. Made by G. Damyanov in Razgrad. Metal base, stamped lever and moulded plastic cover. Poor quality, as with most eastern block stuff - cheaply made and flimsy!||K79. A British unknown key bought from Internet. It came mounted on a board togehter with an old mechanical buzzer and a battery holder, so it has been used as a training key. All solid brass, good feel.|
|K80. This is a Norwegian commercial key, produced by NERA A/S. It was used onboard m/s Bore Star/Silja Star (OIGM), later Orient Express (9KVJ), still later m/s Wasa Queen (OJDZ). Rugged and exact feeling, excellent condition, with dust cover. Salvaged by SK OH6PJ Juhani when the ship's station was decomissioned. Sold to me by OM Kari, ex. OH2BHM. Click the picture for bigger image. Tnx for correct info to OM Hans, LA9LT.||K81. These key mechanisms were sold by the Finnish Radio Amateur Society (SRAL) in their shop during 1960's. Maker unknown. OH2BHM bought and mounted it on the plexi base 1966. Donated to my collection 2017 by him. Thanks OM Kari, ex OH2BHM!||K82. Here is a Brittish built copy of a Danish key, made by the Great Northern Telegraph Works (GNT) in Copenhagen. This is produced under licence by Sedgewall Communications Group in the 1960's. Parts were maybe bought from GNT, and assembled in the UK. Both British and Danish keys have the same mould numbers. Bought from Peter, G4TFH.|
|K83. This is a Clansman leg key used with the VRC-321 or VRC-353 radios. Can also be used with back-pack radios such as PRC-319, PRC-320. A gift from my fellow ham Pontus, OH6EOG. Thanks OM!||K84. I got this key from a Facebook friend of mine, mr. Alf Knuts. Thank you Sir! It is from a Finnish artillery radio, type VRGK, used during WW2. The key was mounted in the chassis, key arm protruding out of a hole in the front of the radio. Made by ASA radio in Turku about 1942. The knob is NOT original!||K85. Jokey no. 048-16. A miniature manual key, hand made by OT Jalo Ojanperä OH6FJF in 2016. Only 5 pieces made. All brass, weight 350 grams, brass footprint is 28 x 62 mm. Base is oak. Bought from the maker.|
|Bugs (semi-automatic keys):|
|B1. Vibroplex Original Deluxe, retro-fitted with the "Bugnapper" speed control by WB9LPU. Serial# 242628. Mfd 1965 according to dating table.||
B2. Vibroplex Original Standard. Serial number 217 123. Manufactured 1961 according to WW7P John Elwood's list. From my SK friend SM2JKI Ahti.
|B3. A very rare bug, made by Svenska Radioaktiebolaget, Stockholm. Type Bug 140, App Nr. 4031834. Design probably licensed from McElroy Standard Model 500. From my friend SM2JKI Ahti (SK). Black pole screws remounted.|
|B4. Lionel J-36 bug, now fully restored, fully working. Some parts are new, from Vibroplex equivalent. Label is a reproduction one. This key was modified to a manipulator when I got it, lots of missing parts. Click on the picture to see a bigger photo.||B5. Hi-Mound BK-100. Japanese semi-automatic bug, 1953-68. Also sold under other brands (Skillman, Monarch and others). This one is in especially good shape, no cracks in the lid etc. Bought from DL4BW.||B6. Speed-X type 510 by Les Logan. No marks whatsoever, wrong color, but mechanics similar, according to seller this would be a German WW2 copy. Good condition, but shorting lever is missing. Works great. From swedish flea market.|
|B7. This is a 1938 B McElroy Standard key. I tuned it to working order, but it is not completely original; replaced fingerpieces, the "hot bar" from the left terminal is new, and so on. But it works nicely! Purchase from OM Sami, OH3ELB. Click for a bigger picture.||B8 to be procured.||B9 to be procured.|
|Cooties or sideswipers ("knifes"):|
C1. Swedish "Kungsimport" sideswiper (cootie), got as a kit from the maker Håkan Svärd (professional operator) at Gothenburg Radio. Probably the last one made. Totally about 200 was made and about 50 exported.
|C2. A rare bakelite sidesweeper from a Russian merchant vessel visiting the swedish harbor of Örnsköldsvik. Excellent condition. Swapped with OT OH6PA, Ben against another key.||C3. My own attempt to make a "cootie". Some reposessed kitchen utilities and computer parts. Bending, drilling, grinding, threading, filing... And there it is! Smooth operation, bronze contacts. I'm pleased. :-)|
|C4. Rare American Tele-Key knife or sideswiper. Moulded iron base, all original fittings. These sold during the 1930's and 40's. Some operator has weakened the stiffness of the knife by drilling several holes in it near the base. More info needed on this one! Click for a bigger picture.||C5. This is a nice sideswiper machined of brass, and mounted on a 6 mm thick Pertinax sheet (paper reinforced Bakelite). I will mount it on a heavy base in order to keep it in place during keying. Maker unknown (from Great Britain). Any info would be appreciated!||C6. A home made cootie (as they often are) by OT OH6OQ Keijo (SK). Made of plexiglass, aluminium tubing, and a hacksaw blade. Bronze contacts. Nice action, but needs mounting on heavy base to keep still while working.|
|Manipulators (keyer paddles):|
|M1. Bencher BY-2 chrome dual paddle. I use this at my home QTH.||M2. Made by Finnish amateur OH3WZ Markku Harkamaa. These were sold in the 80's. Several of these are at large, one is at our club station. This one traded from OH5BW.||M3. Another fine paddle made by OH3WZ. Apparently this has been in his own use, it has his callsign (engraved brass plate) attached. Bought from a fellow ham, OH3KRH.|
|M4. Brown Bros. Mach. Co, serial# BTL St Louis, MO. Chrome and black. Labelled "Patented" at bottom.||M5. Paddle made by Olli OH4LRP from parts of an old telephone exchange. Very smooth and exact action, heavy base plate!||M6. Home made Bencher style keyer manipulator from ham estate sale, mediated by Vesa, OH7XI.|
|M7. Probably home made spring action paddle, probably from telephone parts. Heavy brass, well made. From Sweden, previously owner SM7JMA.||M8. This nice tiny manipulator is constucted by OH2BT Risto Tiilikainen, and made by blacksmith Reino Haapanen. Heavy metal base, black wrinkle paint, nice push-spring mechanism w. very exact movement. Bougth togehter with keyer E5. Tnx info OM Oliver, OH2BBR.||M9. Japanese Hi-Mound HK -705 CW manipulator on heavy marble base. Purchased from a fellow Ham, OH5KA.|
|M10. Amateur made small manipulator made 1967 by a ham in Helsinki, and donated to me by Kari, ex. OH2BHM. Thank you Sir!||M11. Vibroplex Iambic Standard paddle, serial #53669 indicating mfg year 1986 according to dating table. From estate sale.||M12. KBX-380 paddle made by Tapio Hirvikoski, OH1KB. OM Tapio is still in bussiness. He donated this to me when I provided him with some help. Thanks OM! This key is deemed by operators even better than the Bencher BY-1! See my Flea market page if you want one yourself!|
|E1. Heathkit HD-10 electronic keyer, in working order. For 115 VAC.||E2. Heathkit HD-1410 electronic keyer, in working order. Can operate from 230 VAC or 12 VDC.||E3.This is a Finnish KBX-101A keyer with integrated electronics, made by OH1KB Tapio Hirvikoski in Pori. This one is rare because it's white; the standard color is black. These were made in a limited quantity for the German market according to the company owner. He also made straight keys, see K43, K44.|
|E4. This keyer is from Denmark, made by PBE-elektronik. Model MSK-5. Mains powered, internal sidetone speaker. Defunct at the moment. Gift from my dear friend, OH6IU Pehr.||E5. The legendary finnish Golden Key elbug bought together with the M8 manipulator
from SK OH6MK estate sale.
Not tested yet.
Photo by Matti Käki / OH2BIO
|E6. Homebrew copy of the Golden Key (see E5) built in 1967 according to a description in the Finnish RA magazine by Kari, ex. OH2BHM, who also donated it to me. Thanks OM!|