J.H. Bunnell


The catalogue that you see here was published in 1900 by the J. H. Bunnell Company and has been included on this website to highlight the fact that Amateur Radio has its roots firmly planted in the creation of the telegraph, or also known as signalling with electricity.

The earliest electrical telegraphs originated in Europe and were improved upon by Samuel Finley Breese Morse and his colleague, Alfred Vail. The first successful demonstration of Morse's telegraph was held on May 24, 1844 using a 38 mile line running from Washington, DC to Baltimore, Maryland. The first message sent over that wire was, in code, "What hath God wrought?"

By 1900 there were about sixty manufacturers of telegraph equipment in North America and J. H. Bunnell was probably the most prominent. How many aspiring Amateur Radio Operators learned Morse code on a Bunnell key ?

Note the use of "73" and the format of telegraphic messages, still in use today.

From the telegraph to radio, radar, telephone, television, fax, the internet and .......?

"What hath God Wrought" indeed.

J.H. Bunnell & Co. Inc., Abridged Catalogue and Manual of Telegraphy, 28th Edition, 1900


- Regarding Tom VE3 BTR. This news from Rudie VE3 OUA.

- This I heard from a very reliable source. From Cathy, Tom’s girlfriend.

- Tom has been in hospital in Richmond Hill. It has been called the Mackenzie Centre, since August of 2014.

- They are giving him only five to ten days of life. He is suffering very much.

- If you have any further questions, you may have to call Cathy, his Girlfriend on her cell at:

- I may go and see him with my pastor, who said he would take me to see him.

- We are all going through the sadness of losing Tom, but the great physician is still in performing miracles and
- we only pray for his healing, if it is His will.

- Thanks so much. Rudie VE3 OUA.

Fred Fox VE3XOF, SK

From Gord VE3CNA:

I have just received the sad news that Fred Fox, VE3XOF, passed away earlier today Wednesday, February 18, 2015. His wife, Chris just called me with the news and asked me to tell his friends in Amateur Radio.

Fred had been a long-time member of Scarborough ARC and a member of Senators. He had been active on the Executive of the club and a Field Day regular. Recently he had been suffering from Parkinson's disease and had moved to a nursing home for the care that he needed.

Please let others know of his passing as you think appropriate. My next email will go out to the Senators.

73 Gordon VE3CNA

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