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Author Topic: MFJ keyers, Mode B, and my new Orion  (Read 575 times)
WZ7I
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« on: December 18, 2004, 05:27:05 AM »

I need some help!  The only station I have ever had has been a Paragon with a MFJ 401B keyer.  I have used several iambic paddles with it and have prided myself on sending clean code.  This week I received my Christmas present to myself, a new Orion, and I looked forward to simplifying my setup by getting rid of the MFJ.  BUT, I can’t send good code with the built in keyer.  It is set for Mode B keying but I still leave off the final dit of “R”, “C”, “L”, etc.  Can it be that I was releasing the dit paddle before the dah was terminated and that there is no memory?  What is going on?  

In the meantime I am putting the MFJ back into service.  Sigh… …

By the way, here are a couple of excellent web pages on Curtis keyers:
http://www.arrl.org/news/features/2002/02/04/2/?nc=1

and “Mode A and B”
http://home.att.net/~jacksonharbor/modeab.pdf
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WZ7I
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« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2004, 10:33:37 AM »

Thanks to Gary, WB7FCQ, who posted to the Yahoo Orion group, I have figured this out.  The Orion menus confuse Mode A with Mode B and the mode does not change until you turn the radio off and on again.  Got it working just fine!

I feel much better.

Wes, WZ7I
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N8CPA
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« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2004, 12:59:40 PM »

On your behalf, I say, "Whew!"  I still use an AEA MorseMachine with my paddle, and do not relish the day it goes silent.  I can't use a squeeze technique with my dexterity, a thumb whose flexors are paralyzed. So I key at the wrist. All my fingers need to know is that the thumb sends dits, the forefinger dahs.
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