|(Received from Howard McElroy on December 24, 2003, displayed here by permission)|
Enjoyed your code practice site! Ted McElroy (my uncle) gave me an oscillotone when I was a kid 5 or 6 years old. It was the type you have on your site, but it was mounted on a base (crinkle finished cast iron I think) with a a black plastic "Streamkey" mounted to the right. I learned to send on that about the time I entered school, and I still prefer the straight key although I have started to fool with sound-card digital.
Later he gave me a telegraph sounder practice set (not of his manufacture). It had a regular sounder mounted on a stand (sent separately) with a regular Bunnell key attached, again on a cast iron base. He claimed that a telegraph sounder was the best way to practice code since a bad fist makes a sounder unintelligible. On the photo he has a wooden base which he needed in any case because of his ham-sized fist!
Unfortunately, my late father, a cw operator here at marine coast station WSL, gave both sets away!
Keep up the good work!
Semper Fi & 73, HMc W2WSL