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Author Topic: Bencher BY-1 Wiring question  (Read 1114 times)
KD8FAK
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« on: November 21, 2007, 12:51:41 PM »

Ok so the new paddle has arived without instructions Sad  so before I wire it up I need some info. I read in another post that it is personal prefrance as to what paddle is for dits and dahs. so If you are sitting in front of your paddle what one do you use for dits and dahs? I have the wiring instructions for the radio and the plug.
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WB2WIK
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« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2007, 01:43:44 PM »

The thumb is always used for "dits."   The index finger, middle finger or both are used for "dahs."

So, it would be the left-hand paddle for "dits" if you are right handed; it would be the right-hand paddle for "dits" if you are left-handed.

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N3EF
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« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2007, 03:46:07 PM »

  Left for dit's and right for dah's and I believe most people do it that way but it's really up to you. I have heard of and seen it done the other way around. Here's a video that W4INF made and posted on QRZ, and he's using the right paddle for the dit's.
http://rogertango.com/videoread.aspx?idnumber=88437264

Eric N3EF
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KG9SF
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« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2007, 05:08:11 PM »

Actually, whether you use finger for dahs and thumb for dits or vice versa is strictly a matter of your personal choice.

Most hams use "left for dahs and right for dits", but there's nothing sacred about it.

The secret to success with a Bencher is to get it adjusted properly.  There are three main adjustments, namely contact spacing, spring tension, and backtravel adjustment.  There are several good pages online about adjusting your Bencher.  Good luck.
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VA7CPC
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« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2007, 12:10:41 PM »

I'm pretty sure that the "thumb for dits" convention comes from bugs (mechanical semi-automatic keys, like Vibroplexes).   You need to hit the dit paddle pretty hard to get the dit arm vibrating well.  

Since most keyers have a "reverse" option (which switches the "dit" paddle for the "dah" paddle), it doesn't make much difference now.

        Charles
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W5ESE
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« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2007, 11:04:00 AM »

If you EVER want to try your hand at learning to
use a bug, I would send with your right hand, and
use the thumb for 'dits', and the index and middle
finger for 'dahs'.

I'm left handed, but have always sent CW with the
right hand.

Scott
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