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polar telegraph relay

polar telegraph 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
polar relay
relay
telegraph relay
Maker
Western Union Corporation
Measurements
overall: 2 3/4 in x 8 1/4 in x 5 in; 6.985 cm x 20.955 cm x 12.7 cm
ID Number
EM.332479
accession number
294351
catalog number
332479
Credit Line
from Western Union Corporation
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National Museum of American History
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