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WWII SIGNAL LAMP
Morse signalling lamp with a very narrow beam and a Morse key unit which can be mounted on a Helios tripod, like Item A1450, or staked in the ground.
For night time use filters are provided, also an aperture plate to reduce the light output.
The first time this model was produced was during the fist World War designed by George Lucas.
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- During the 1960s, Magdalen College School, Brackley in Northamptonshire, UK, had two of these signalling lamps which were used by their Boy Scout troop (2nd Brackley). We scouts would try to memorise the code in what I now know to be the worst-possible way -- by memorising lists of written dots and dashes instead of listening to dits and dahs (sounds). Anyhow, the signal lamps were an excellent way of testing a young scout's ability to interpret messages sent in Morse code. Our Scoutmaster then was a House Master at the school, and his surname was Bourneville-Jones. Everyone called him "Cocoa", because of Bourneville chocolate. Cocoa had been an Army officer before he was a teacher, and would ensure all the Boy Scouts had plenty of "square bashing" each year so we could march very smartly when we carried the flags into the School Chapel for the annual St George's Day parade and church services. Memories!
.......... David Harvey, VK2DMH, Australia, 10th of November 2013
- My father bought me a new one around 1952 when I was 7/8 yards old, I had hours of fun with it , unfortunately being a young boy I did not take care of it as I should have done and used to use the 3 part metal spike as a spear which I eventually lost. This item is one of my 'toys' that I bitterly regret not taking care of. I bet the 9volt battery is hard to get nowadays.
.......... Michael Gilmore, Leeds, England, 30th of August 2013
- I have two of these sets, and use them every year to demonstrate Morse signalling to Scouts at the annual Jamboree On The Air. I also have a small number of spare bulbs, which are becoming as rare as hens' teeth.
.......... Phil Harris G4SPZ, Bewdley, UK, 16th of October 2011
- Hi - great to see this listed. I have one with all accessories and war-release leaflets. I got is as a boy and have kept it ever since.
.......... John Jones, Northampton, 26th of February 2011