Updated 3-11-2006

April 2006 Column



The History of the RECO Key

Dear Ed,

“One of these days when I have loads of time I’m going to write up a story on RECO (Radio Engineering Co.) Baltimore. Remember the key that was a dupe and copy of the Clapp-Eastman key you have? I'd like to either buy or trade you something for that key as I possibly could have actually assembled that key. It’s a long and funny story, and possibly an interesting one historically. A fellow named Charlie King and I started the company on a shoe string putting $5 down on the $25 a month rent for a store that was once a shore repair shop on Madison Ave, in Baltimore back in 1919 or 1920.”

73, Ted

E. B. “Ted” Duvall, ex-3DW

June 1920 QST Advertisement



This is the only known RECO Key - Photo taken at the AWA Museum by Russ Kleinman, WA5Y


"Boston Key" manufactured by Clapp-Eastham - owned by K2TQN


Early Station owned by Ted Duvall


Another QST Ad



John Dilks, K2TQN    125 Warf Road, Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234-8501   e-mail: K2TQN@arrl.net