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EA6YG, SK

It is with great sadness that I report the passing of my friend and colleague Guillermo Mestre Janer, EA6YG.  Guillermo was the founder of LTA Keys, and he passed away on March 17th, 2008, after a long illness.  He was a good friend, and he will be missed.

...N1FN



As  of August 1, 2009, all of the remaining LTA keys have been sold.   Several of the LTA-made Morse Express Christmas Keys can be found at http://www.MorseX.com/xmas .

This page will remain in place as a historical reference and tribute to EA6YG.


Llaves Telegraphicas Artesanas

These are hand-crafted keys from LTA ("Telegraph Key Craftsmen") in the Balearic Islands of Spain. We believe these are very reasonable prices for keys that are individual works of art.

The keys are hand-assembled on Spanish Oak (LTA calls it "Noble Wood", or "abebay"), or machined brass bases. The straight key knobs are teak, and the fingerpieces for the paddles, bug and cootie key are olive wood. The mechanical parts are solid brass, highly polished and lacquered or gold (18K) plated.  Each key shows signs of individual craftsmanship and is unique. Do feel free to visit LTA's web site at  www.lta-keys.com. And click here for an unsolicited testimonial from a happy "cootie key" purchaser.

   

Model ODT
Code Practice Oscillator Semi-Kit


LTA's "Oscilador de Tono" or code practice oscillator is a semi kit, with all the circuit board work done for you. All you have to do is connect the supplied speaker, and a telegraph key in the positive line of the 9V battery clip.   The ODT uses a quad gate oscillator with a slightly shaped tone for "smoother than square wave" sound.  Power consumption is minimal, and the 750Hz output pitch can be varied slightly by changing the supply voltage. View the instruction sheet (PDF format, 25Kb).
See also the Morse Express "T-Tone" oscillator kit.
$15.95
ODT


Paddles & Combos    Straight Keys    Sounders& KOBs    Bugs & Etcetera



Paddles & Combos
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Model BBIO dual paddle, gold plated, olive-
wood fingerpieces.
Base 8x8 cm. Weight 850 g
 
$99.95
BBIO
bbi Model BBI (as above, natural brass finish)
$89.95
BBI
 
AMIO Model AMIO miniature dual paddle, gold
plated,  olive-
wood fingerpieces.
Base 5x5 cm. Weight 294 g
$79.95
AMIO
amiami.jpg Model AMI (as above, natural brass finish)
$69.95
AMI
crio Model CRIO dual paddle, gold plated, 
olive-wood fingerpieces.
Measures 8x15 cm. Weight 400 g

 
$88.95
CRIO
cri  

Model CRI (as above, natural brass finish) 

 
 

$74.95
CRI
BBDO Model BBDO combo paddle (CRIO) and key
(CRVO), on solid brass base,  gold plated.
Measures 14x8 cm. Weight 1276 g
$179.95
BBDO
crdoc Model CRDO combo paddle (CRIO) and key
(CRVO),  gold plated.
Measures 15x11 cm. Weight 525 gzzz
$138.95
CRDO
crd  

Model CRD combo (as above, natural brass finish CRI paddle and CRV key)
   

$118.95
CRD

 
Straight Keys
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BBVO BBVO Brass base, gold plated medium key
Measures 10x5 cm. Weight 600 g
$98.95
BBVO
BBV Brass base, as above, brass finish $88.95
BBV
BBCO Brass base, gold plated medium key
Measures 8x5 cm. Weight 500 g
$84.95
BBCO
bbc BBC (as above, natural brass finish)  $74.95
BBC
BBEO Brass base, gold plated medium key
8x5 cm. Weight 450 g
$79.95
BBEO
bbe BBE (as above, natural brass finish)  $69.95
BBE
gmpo
GMPO straight key (gold plated)
Measures 8x5 cm. Weight 135 g
$58.95
GMPO
gmp
GMP (as above, natural brass finish)  $48.95
GMP
crvo CRVO straight key, gold plated.
Measures 8x12 cm. Weight 250 g
$68.95
CRVO
crv
CRV (as above, natural brass finish)  $58.95
CRV
gmco GMCO large straight key (gold plated)
Measures 8x14 cm. Weight 320 g
$68.95
GMCO
gmcgmc.
GMC large straight key (as above, natural brass finish)  $58.95
GMC
gmvo GMVO deluxe straight key (gold plated). Ball bearing trunnion.
Measures 8x14 cm. Weight 360 g
$78.95
 GMVO
gmv
GMV (as above, natural brass finish)  $68.95
GMV
maro MARO, Antique Marconi style brass key on Oak Base, (gold plated).  
Measures 8x14cm.

$119.95
 MARO

 

MAR (as above, natural brass finish)

$109.95
MAR
LT-AMCC

AMCC Antique European Camelback style key on oak base, natural brass finish, 8x14cm.

$89.95
AMCC


Sounders & KOBs
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21st Century KOB! 

The KOB, or "key on board," is a standard piece of telegraph equipment going back to the very earliest days of the electric telegraph. in the mid 19th Century.   Tens of thousands of them were made through the middle of the 20th Century, but with the decline in the use of sounders they pretty much vanished.  With the introduction of LTA's new "Telegrapho,"  KOBs have been made in three centuries!  Originally designed as a training "station" for telegraphy, KOBs have been used as portable telegraph stations and training sets by tens of thousands of Morse operators.  They were adapted to use "buzzers" rather than sounders in the 1920's as radiotelegraphy became prevalent, and in that form are still available in the familiar "code practice set."  But this is the first KOB made with a sounder for probably 50 years or more.  And it includes the only commercial sounder made in the 21st Century.

Apart from being a striking conversation piece, the gold plated Telegrapho is a fully functional telegraph station suitable for training, demonstration setups, and display.  It has three terminals, two for a battery or other DC power source,  plus a line connection for use with another  "station."

The coil is 28 Ohms, for convenient operation with a 9 to 12V battery or power supply.  Click here for a scan of the instruction sheet, which is almost as entertaining as the device itself!

This is the closest thing we have to a time machine-- hook it up, close your eyes, and transport yourself back to 1870 with the rhythmical clicking of the classic telegraph....  see also the separate Sounder and Marconi Key below!

TLO/KOB Model TLO "Telegrapho" KOB (Key and Sounder Set) Measures 8x12 cm. Weight 750g $159.95
TLO
New!  21st Century Sounders!

Sounders are an "acquired taste" for modern hams, and a touch of nostalgia for older railroad telegraphers.  Note that this sounder has a resonance cavity in the base, and a 9V battery clip.  Just install a battery and connect your key across the outer two terminals.  The center terminal is a "loop" or "line" terminal for connecting a remote sounder in a full telegraph circuit.
Model TSO Sounder, gold plated.  $109.95
TSO
tsts. Model TS (As above, natural brass) $99.95
TS



Bugs & Etcetera

Model ODT
Code Practice Oscillator Semi-Kit


LTA's "Oscilador de Tono" or code practice oscillator is a semi kit, with all the circuit board work done for you. All you have to do is connect the supplied speaker, and a telegraph key in the positive line of the 9V battery clip.   The ODT uses a quad gate oscillator with a slightly shaped tone for "smoother than square wave" sound.  Power consumption is minimal, and the 750Hz output pitch can be varied slightly by changing the supply voltage. View the instruction sheet (PDF format, 25Kb).
See also the Morse Express "T-Tone" oscillator kit.
$15.95
ODT


 
gmso GMSO semi-auto "bug"
(gold plated) 
$118.95
GMSO
gmsgm
GMS  "bug" (as above, natural brass finish)  $108.95
GMS
BBMO BBMO "cootie key"  
(gold plated, solid brass base)

Resembling a single lever paddle, the cootie key has identical contacts on both sides (two connections like a single straight key).  Characters are formed by starting on one side and then making the next dit or dah on the opposite side, cutting key movements in half.  Hams used to make their own with a hacksaw blade, and so cootie keys were seldom manufactured by commercial key makers.   Click here for an unsolicited testimonial from a happy "cootie key" purchaser.  The BBMO measures 10x5cm and weighs 601 g.
$109.95
BBMO
  BBM "cootie key" as above, but natural polished brass finish. $99.95
BBM
gmmo GMMO "cootie key"  on oak base,
gold plated. 
$78.95
GMMO

GMM "cootie key" as above, but natural polished brass finish.  $68.95
GMM


Order on-line, or call 800-238-8205 for credit card orders
or call 303-752-3382 for more information



Miscellaneous images-- click to view in full size..




What Others are Saying...
My Cootie/Sideswiper [GMMO] arrived this morning just as promised, and I've been having a ball trying to get familiar with it. It's been 43 years since my old hacksaw-blade model, and it's a challenge. But then, that's what makes it fun. back. This LTA uses a center pivot whereas the old hacksaw type was pivoted on the far end, the near end being the contact area. I think I prefer the LTA system. And it certainly looks a ton better. The unit is gorgeous, very well made, and easy to adjust. The only  fault with it is the operator, but we're overcoming that. Thanks again ...  Charlie (W7BXH)

I bought the CRDO key and have had nothing but positive feedback from
everybody that I've shown it to...and I've proudly shown it to over 100
hams in our club here in the Portland, Oregon area.  I love it more each
day I use it and it's a real eye catcher, too!  Thanks again and I'll
recommend you highly to all of my friends!  73, Ed Corey K7OC


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