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telegraph polar relay

telegraph polar relay

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Description
Telegraph relays amplify an electrical signal in a telegraph line. Telegraph messages travel as a series of electrical pulses through a wire from a transmitter to a receiver. The pulses fade in strength as they travel through the wire, limiting the distance a message can be sent. Relays remedy that problem by detecting a weak signal and automatically re-transmitting that signal down the line using a local power source.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
relay
polar relay
telegraph relay
Maker
Western Union Corporation
Measurements
overall: 5 1/2 in x 5 1/8 in; 13.97 cm x 13.0175 cm
ID Number
EM.331696
accession number
294351
catalog number
331696
Credit Line
from Western Union Corporation
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