Continental Microphone – Spring Carbon Double Button Mic

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Here is another fabulous microphone by a company called Continental Microphone out of Inglewood California. I am not exactly sure how long they were around. My guess is somewhere in the 1920’s to 1930’s.

The history on this microphone is rather cool. The story begins in California. It was found in the attic of the old Palm Hotel, located in Carlsbad by the Sea, California and removed from that location around 1958. The W6LUB letters were a Ham radio call sign. As luck would have it, this particular call sign was recorded and we were able to looked it up. The owner of the call sign went by the name of Lawrence W. Felt. He got his call sign letters in 1954. His address at the time was 940 North Hill Street, Oceanside CA USA. A quick Google Maps search unfortunately finds nothing. I assume that the streets and buildings that used to be there have been replaced or renamed.

We tried to do a little more research on Lawrence, but nothing shows up.

Amateur Radio Relay League ARRL Logo Ham RadioAlong with the call sign there are 2 amateur radio relay league (ARRL) logos. The ARRL started in 1914 when Hiram Percy Maxim got the idea to form a group of amateur radio enthusiasts who could communicate by setting themselves up as relays between each other and thus communicate over vast distances.  In 1915, ARRL became incorporated.  Amateur Radio enthusiasts, who are also known as Hams, operate their stations in good times and and bad.  Even today in some remote areas, a ham radio operator might be the only form of communication.  During major weather events and natural disasters such ice storms, floods, fires, tornadoes and earthquakes, when up-to-the-minute information can be spotty, ham radio operators can jump into action to relay crucial information.

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