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Author Topic: Outlet for hard-sided CW Key Cases  (Read 3611 times)
NS8Q
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« on: July 05, 2012, 11:29:07 AM »

Does anyone have an outlet for some of those nice hard-sided cases used to transport your CW keys?  I've seen several hams with them here locally - with the foam interior.  They said they found them at swaps.  I wonder if there is an online retailer someplace.

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« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2012, 12:03:35 PM »

Vibroplex used to make cases specially designed for their bugs.  You might check there.
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Pat K7KBN
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« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2012, 01:00:41 PM »

I wonder if something like this would work?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Fsihing-Reel-Sponge-Case-Pouch-Bag-Fly-Spinning-Baitcast-Reel-Tackle-OK-/320931106399?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4ab8fc0e5f
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« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2012, 06:17:57 PM »

That reel box doesn't look like it has hard sides.  I'd really want hard sides (as specified by the OP) if I were storing anything more complex than a J-38.

NS8Q:  Can you give us an idea of just what types of keys you're talking about?  For Begali keys, I'd try Begali first.  Same for any currently-manufactured keys - go to the manufacturer's website.
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« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2012, 06:32:23 PM »

I have an original Vibroplex Single Lever Key from 1973. 
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« Reply #5 on: July 05, 2012, 09:19:52 PM »

Vibroplex sells the "dust-cover" type hard cases for covering the key while it's on a desk...not for transporting.

The key is actually longer than the reel case...so that won't work.
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« Reply #6 on: July 06, 2012, 09:04:41 AM »

How about some sort of pistol case?

Some examples:

http://www.amazon.com/Plano-Protector-Single-Pistol-Case/dp/B000P3WPHI/ref=pd_sim_sg_1

http://www.amazon.com/Special-Edition-Single-Scoped-Pistol/dp/B001B1LGYQ/ref=sr_1_28?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1341590299&sr=1-28

http://www.amazon.com/MTM-Pistol-Handgun-8-5-Inch-Revolver/dp/B0013RD6OG/ref=pd_sim_sg_1

http://www.amazon.com/Plano-10137-Single-Scoped-Pistol/dp/B0014VXJY8/ref=pd_sim_sg_4

http://www.amazon.com/Doskocil-Guard-XLT-12-Pistol-Black/dp/B000TOX7R0/ref=sr_1_60?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1341590435&sr=1-60

http://www.amazon.com/Mountain-Supply-Hard-Pistol-Case/dp/B008F84BRC/ref=sr_1_117?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1341590543&sr=1-117
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« Reply #7 on: July 13, 2012, 07:38:03 PM »

Harbor Freight used to have some fairly small aluminum cases with foam in them that you could cut out, check their web site to see if they still have them.  I got one a couple of years ago that my daughter stole and made a custom case for a video game controller that would have been about the right size.

About the Vibroplex idea, they really did make cases for their bugs, I have one for my 1941 Vibroplex Original but i don't know if they still sell them or not.  It's not padded but has a wooden rail on both sides that the key fits under to hold it from bouncing around.

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« Reply #8 on: July 14, 2012, 12:38:36 PM »

I checked with Vibroplex; they haven't made the hard cases since the late 1970s or so - the guy who sent me the email didn't have the exact date handy - but suffice it to say they aren't readily available.

I'd imagine one might pop up on eBay from time to time, and some collectors might be able to part with one.
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« Reply #9 on: July 15, 2012, 05:08:27 AM »

Just do a search on Pelican Cases. Once you find one the size you want, you can usually shop for it online.

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