Saturday - March 12, 2005
Our annual Key Day is always a popular meeting, and this one, held at Morse Express, was no exception. Members brought and exhibited a wide range of keying equipment, from miniature straight keys and paddles to keys used on ships and even as ink stamps!!
In the first photograph, upper left, Treasurer Roger Wendell presents John Kellow (ACØBR) with CQC Membership number 777! With such a lucky number Roger was hoping John would accompany him to the Blackhawk/Central City casinos just west of Denver...
In the photo next to John and Roger is Frank Ivan (KØFEI) showing the meeting's winning door prize provided by club president John Hewitt (KA3RDZ - third photo from left) - seems to be a lot of luck going on at CQC meetings lately!
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Nate Bushnell (KDØUE - first two photos at left) shared some interesting stories related to communications and his involvement in World War II. Nate also told us how, while recently attending the funerals of two local area Hams, he sent "73 SK" from the podium during each gathering. SK, of course, representing "Silent Key" for operators who have passed on...
Marshall Emm, owner of Morse Express (the provider of CQC's meeting space!), displays many dozens of keys from around the world!
Marshall explained that some of the keys on display, at Morse Express, were actually acquired from the ship breaking yard in Alang, India. The photos below tell much about the hardship and conditions of such an operation...
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