SOVIET KEYS

RUSSIAN  / HUNGARIAN MINIATURE MILITARY KEY:
 
 Tiny metal 3" lever mounted on a black plastic base. Mechanism covered by 1"x1"x1-3/4" grey metal cover. All mounted on a grey stamped steel base. These keys were used with R-143, R-159, Angara and some spy radios and some special radios. The key is also supplied in a small green case.
RUSSIAN MILITARY KEY MODEL TK (No Filter)
 
All plated metal key with large doorknob shaped knob integrated onto hollow plastic base with plastic cover which snaps over the key. It was made in Ukrainian Telegraphy Equipment Plant ZTA in Cherkassy between 1988 - 1992. Keys were mostly used by Arctic weather stations and the Military.
Russian Military Key Model TKF in steel case with switch

This scarce version of the TFK key is mounted in a steel case with hinged lid and lockable latch painted in olive green. It carries a label on the lid with its serial number 1122341169.  Under the serial number is УВУ = Russian=Устройство Выносного Управления = Remote Control Device.
Inside is a TFK key with a switch giving three possible positions, these being;
ТЛГ. = CW Mode
СЛ. Связь = Internal Communication
ТЛФ. = Phone Mode
On the underside of the key is an opening giving access to the switch terminals for wiring purposes. Also inside, apart from the switch, are the filter elements.
Obtained from Andy UT2WQ in October 2018 and who supplied the Russian translations. Andy also states that he has only ever seen two of these keys, one being this one, the other is in his collection.
  
RUSSIAN RB/RB-M/R-104/R104M MILITARY KEY
 
Light metal 4-1/2" lever mounted on a black plastic base. Mechanism covered by black metal swing over cover. All mounted on a black stamped steel base. This key was first produced before WW-2 in 1938.
RUSSIAN TRAINING KEY circ 1950 onwards
 
This inexpensive training key has black painted stamped metal parts with doorknob style knob integrated onto a narrow black plastic base. Many of these keys were made for use in training DOSAAF (MARS) and school children in the use of the code. Greg Ulsamer reports that DOSAAF represents abbreviations of the Russian words: Dobrovol'noye Obshchestvo Sodeystviya Armii Aviacii i Flota which means in German: Freiwillige Gesellschaft zur Forderung von Heer, Luftwaffe, und Marine. In English, it is: Voluntary Organization for the promotion of Army, Air Force and Navy, a pre-military organization to train children in these fields. They are found in various colours and although appear quite cheaply manufactured, actually are quite a nice key with a positive feel.
 
Russian Military Mini Spy Key circ 1950
 
A well made Russian Mini Key with original cord and plug but missing the sheet steel / aluminium cover that would have enclosed and protected the contacts. It has conductor strips on the top side of the base very similar to the Marconi "Roadmap Spark Key from circ 1912. My research finds that this Key was used with the R104M Radio and dates from circ 1950 but would welcome input from one of our Russian Key collectors.