Monday, June 18, 2012

Vintage Radio Signals Report

This would be an ideal piece of evidence for any story involving an oceangoing vessel.   As messages were transmitted or received the radio operator would fill out the sheet and then place it in the master communications log.  Those little snippets of information can build up an entire narrative, as anyone who has browsed the transmissions from the night the Titanic sank can attest.

Just click on the picture below to get the JPG. You'll find a PDF with typewritten form fields and trimming guides over here. Ideally you would want to print it off using a colored vellum. Reports from a logbook would have two holes punched in the upper center area for the radio room binder.

1 comment:

CoastConFan said...

Keep in mind that by the 1920s, most received telegraph messages automatically spooled off a paper tape punch system, so there didn’t need to be an operator listening all the time. The message ended up on a long tape and the clerk cut it to fit onto the telegraph form, so generally the message was just pasted in sections onto the form. There are cases where they were typed down or hand written, but that was extra work if they had the tape system. To make a prop like that, just find an applicable font, print it out and cut it to strips and paste it down. Here’s an example:

This site has circa 1920s telegraph equipment photos for a “modern” system