During my visit to Battersea power station one of the attractions as I mentioned in a previous Blog is a lift has been built into the centre of one of the chimneys. Personally I think that the view from on top of the chimney is much better than from the London Eye.
One of the attractions at old Battersea Power Station is that you can ride in a lift in the centre of the chimney to the top of it. When to get to the top you are approximately 100M above ground level and the view of London is amazing. The Picture for today’s Blog is the view from the lift traveling up the inside of the chimney.
In an earlier picture I showed examples a two different types of Morse keys. Todays picture is of my first Morse key, the key is known as the “Swedish Key”. It’s made from solid brass and has tarnished over the years.
In yesterdays Blog picture the camera I featured was an Olympus Pen E-P1 digital camera.
The camera I’m featuring today is an Olympus Pen F 35mm single-lens reflex film camera produced between 1963 and 1966. The camera is a half-frame camera, Half frame means that the camera uses an 18×24 mm vertical portrait format, producing twice the pictures on a roll of 135 film as the regular 36×24 mm format. So a roll of 36 exposure film would in fact give you 72 exposures !.
Yesterdays picture of my Olympus Pen E-P1 was the first Micro Four Thirds digital camera made by Olympus based on the original Olympus Pen F 35mm single-lens reflex film camera.
Why is this camera so very special, it belonged to my late Father-in-Law Brian Scull.
In the summer I am intending to put a film through the camera and I’ll share my results.
Olympus Pen F 35mm single-lens reflex film camera
Olympus Pen F 35mm single-lens reflex film camera with optional light meter fitted.
I just happened to be looking for something in my garage and a found the badge featured in today’s picture.
Working for Kodak Ltd in Harrow was a huge part of my life. Over the years various badges were given out to celebrate things, I can’t remember why we given the badge in today’s photograph, perhaps is was something to-do with WW P231 Project.
The words on the badge read “Emulsion Manufacturing – Where Quality is in the making“. The first part of the process to make photographic emulsion was called Making and was made in a vessel called the Maker, so perhaps it was to mark the WW P231 upgrade of all the Making vessels at the various sites around the world.
Today has been a better day weather wise, no rain and blue sky’s, with the added bonus of not working today. I have managed to take a few pictures in the garden. Probably like most of you over the years we have all collected a few garden ornaments. Over the coming weeks I’ll will feature the ones in our garden. I thought it only appropriate introduce the ornament that we have had the longest and my favourite.
Yesterday we spoke about Morse code. Morse code is one of the ways that radio amateurs communicate with each other. Morse code is often referred to as CW or Continuous wave. Another method that amateurs communicate with each other is using a microphone. There are three methods of communicating using a microphone and they are;
Single Side Band (SSB) split into either Upper Side Band (USB) or Lower Side Band (LSB)
Frequency Modulation (FM)
Amplitude Modulation (AM)
I’ll describe CW, SSB, FM and AM in more detail in future Blogs.
Some of you may or may not know that I have held a full UK Amateur Radio licence for over 40 years. I’m going gradually to talk about the hobby in my Blog and start to create a webpage about my interest in Amateur Radio.
Today I’m going to briefly cover Morse Code.
Morse Code what is it ?. Morse code was invented during the 1830’s by Samuel F.B. Morse. Morse Code uses an arrangement of dots, dashes and spaces to represent letters of the alphabet, numbers and punctuation marks. Below are two examples of Morse keys. The key on the right is a straight key, you press the black knob up and down to send the dots and dashes (or dits and dahs). The key on the left is a paddle key, you press the left red paddle to get a dit and the right red paddle to get a dah.
Two Begali Morse keys. On the left is a Begali Simplex paddle key and on the right is a Begali Blade straight key.
Today’s picture is of our Christmas tree. Each decoration on the tree represents a memory of who, when or where it was purchased. Today we packed the Christmas tree and decorations away, finished with for another year.
In 2018 I wanted to post a picture in my blog for every day for a year. Unfortunately I failed miserably. The Blog ran from 1st August 2018 with Picture No 1 to 25th January 2019 ending with picture No 147. For 2023 I have decided to try once again, really to encourage me to get out and use my camera more and understand more about blogging and websites. Wherever possible I’m going to use a digital camera rather than rely on the camera in my phone.