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Author Topic: J38 military surplus key  (Read 1453 times)
W8BBS
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« on: October 09, 2002, 09:21:10 AM »

I'm a new ham, interested in code.  I just aquirred a new surplus J38 key.  It's a bit tarnished, but otherwise seems ok.

It seems to me that one should put a little grease on the pivots.  Of course there weren't any instructions, so I'd like to ask the forum for advise on the care and maintenance of this key.  

73s,
Bruce
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WB2WIK
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« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2002, 11:58:57 AM »

Sure, grease away!

"J-38" is a designation used for, evidently, simply millions of straight keys: I've owned several with the designation stamped into them, and they were all slightly different -- probably made by different manufacturers to some government specification, over a period of several years.

My favorite one has ball bearings for the pivots, and I use a tiny bit of lithium grease on those bearings.  It's smooth as silk, although really just a collector's item, since I haven't actually "used" a straight key in about 35 years...

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ZL3NB
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« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2002, 06:06:02 AM »

Hi Bruce..FB on the J-38...Great straight key and probably one of the best! and following up WB2WIK/6 comments and the designation marking..well they were standard issued keys in the military or at least the Navy (I used one..when I was Radioman in the USN).

To add to WB2WIK/6 "grease" comment..which is correct.Try some Brasso Polish also from time to time to get rid of the tarnish and to bring a real "Polished" look to the ol' J38!

73's/CUL de Bill ZL3NB
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N9NEO
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« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2003, 10:14:20 PM »

Do all J38 keys have ball bearing movements?  I'm looking for my first key.

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N9NEO
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