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A copy of the photograph taken by Flynn of Traeger in 1928 demonstrating the first pedal radio, He is operating a morse key
Traeger was keen on using bicycle pedals and on the 17th November 1928 the famous pedal generator, which produced 180 volts DC for the valve plates, was unveiled in Adelaide, and Flynn took the famous photograph.
Traeger also developed a unique typewriter which converted letters into Morse code. This was a boon to the Morse-challenged settlers. These transceivers could receive the reply by voice telephony transmitted by the more powerful base stations. Improved sets followed
Diesel or petrol driven generators provided power for the transceivers in larger centers, Homesteads used the pedal generator (foreground).
Well preserved example of an early Traeger transceiver in the Alice Springs RDFS Museum with Morse key and Morse typewriter.
Later model of Traeger transceiver TS3 capable of 2 way telephony
A 3 watt Traeger transceiver type 39 donated by the Country Womens Association to people in need in remote areas. It was powered by a 6 volt lead-acid battery using 6 volt Philips valves & a vibrator with a rectifier to produce the anode voltage.
Currently used equipment at the Port Augusta RFDS radio base.