February 1, 2023

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Radio Society of Great Britain

via the RSGB: New display at the RSGB’s National Radio Centre at Bletchley Park

After several months in restoration and development, a Wheatstone Tape Perforator and Wheatstone High Speed Morse Transmitter have gone on display in the RSGB National Radio Centre at Bletchley Park.

Used extensively from the 1940s until at least the late 1960s, such systems enabled the transmission of Morse signals either via telegraph or by wireless at consistently high speeds, without errors such as that might have been introduced by hand sent Morse.

The display is connected to an audio oscillator so—with a push button on the outside of the display case—visitors are able to start the transmitter, see the paper tape being read, and hear Morse characters being sent.