Morse Telegraph Club is an international non-profit organization
dedicated to the perpetuation of the knowledge and traditions of
telegraphy. Our membership includes not only those
craft of telegraphy, using Morse Code (American or International)
either wire or wireless, but also includes those who are actively
involved in the goals and initiatives of our organization.
goals are, but not limited to, preserving the heritage oftelegraphy and
educating the public on the history of Morse telegraph.
JANUARY 30, 2016 FOLK FESTIVAL, PINELLAS COUNTY HERITAGE VILLAGE, LARGO, FL
One of the largest Folk Music Festivals in the state of Florida will take place on the grounds of the Pinellas County Heritage Village, located at 11909 - 125th Street North, Largo, FL 33774 on Saturday, January 20, 2016. Florida Chapter members will have the old Sulphur Springs SAL Railway depot open to display and demonstrate the telegraph instruments located in the restored depot. The sound of the telegraph will compete with the sound of the music, but with a different rhythm. Hours 10AM-4PM. $5 donation suggested. For further details, see the Heritage Village website at http://www.pinellascounty.org/heritage/
FEBRUARY 12-13-14, 2016 HAMCATION, ORLANDO, FL
This annual regional gathering of ham radio enthusiasts draws visitors from all over the eastern part of the U.S. International Morse Telegraph Club President, Jim Wades, and others, will be joined by Florida Chapter members to display and demonstrate antique and replica telegraph instruments and equipment for the benefit of those attending this event. Many current members of the Morse Telegraph Club are amateur radio operators and many of them are fluent in both American and International Morse codes. The event will be held at the Central Florida Fairgrounds, 4603 West Colonial Drive (SR 50) Orlando, FL
FEBRUARY 20, 2016 ANNUAL CRACKER CATTLE DRIVE AND COWBOY ROUNDUP, OCALA, FL
This annual event celebrating the cattle “roots” of the area takes place in Tuskawsilla Park, but includes an actual cattle drive through the heart of the city. There will be food and entertainment all day, plus demonstrators of arts and crafts and occupations of the late 19th Century. Florida Chapter members will be on hand to display and demonstrate telegraph instruments and equipment, as well as give visitors and opportunity to try their hand at sending Morse Code. Hours 10AM-4PM, Free Admission.
March 18-19-20, 2016 OLD FLORIDA DAYS, NAPLES, FL
In keeping with the theme of this event, which is presented by the Collier County Museum, Florida Chapter members will have a Civil War era field telegraph office set up to demonstrate the principle method of rapid communication in use during the mid-19th Century. Wiretapping, as practiced during the Civil War, will also be demonstrated. Visitors will also have the opportunity to try their hand at sending American Morse Code.
March 19, 2016 PLANT CITY MODEL TRAIN SHOW, LAKELAND, FL
This annual event will be held in a new location this year. However, the Florida Chapter members will continue the long association with this event. The new location is the Family Ministries Building of the Church of the Nazarene, 4730 Lakeland Highland Road, Lakeland, FL 33813. The new location is a few miles from the previous location. Chapter members will display and demonstrate antique and replica telegraph instruments and equipment while affording visitors an opportunity to try their hand at sending American Morse code and learn about the role of the telegraph in the history of the United States and Canada. Hours will be 9am to 3pm. Addmission is $7, agest 7 and under FREE.
APRIL 16, 2016 PLANES, TGRAINS AND BBQ, TAVARES, FL
This popular annual event provides a little bit of everything: the country’s only wood-burning steam locomotive to provide rides in period rail cars; an air show; a Classic car show, and a BBQ cook-off to determine who has the best BBQ in the area. All free to visitors, except for the train rides. Florida Chapter members will be set up in the city’s replica railroad passenger station to display and demonstrate antique and replica telegraph instruments and equipment. They will also demonstrate the art of “hooping up” train orders or messages to a moving train, with the cooperation of train crew members aboard the steam-powered rain.
APRIL 30, 2016 MORSE DAY COOKOUT at Railway Mail Service Library, Boyce, VA
Mark your calendars for a "Morse Day" cook out and demonstration at Boyce depot's DK office. Food and conversation are scheduled between noon and 3 PM, assuming the snowfall of the century melts by then. If you can't visit Boyce, please listen for DK on the Morse KOB circuits. This event will be in the 1913 former N&W Railway depot along Clarke County route 723. Address: 117 East Main Street, Boyce, VA 22620-9369. For further information and to see previous activities, please visit the website: http://www.railwaymailservicelibrary.org/
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