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Title: Value of rare Datong CW keyboard?
Post by: K7NHB on April 26, 2013, 04:19:32 PM
I have a Datong CW keyboard with manual. This allows keyboard cw without requiring a computer, smartphone, etc. It has the standard QWERTY key line up, plus some Pro-Signs and punctuation. There are four memories and auto-repeat. You can adjust the speed/weight/delay and speed goes from 5 to 33 wpm. There is a volume control for the monitor tone - which is too high for my hearing. The unit runs on batteries or DC supply. The top is a "membrane" cover rather than individual keys so nothing can spill in. There's an AF out but I couldn't get anything out of it. Long ago I might have googled that it was common for these units.  I want to sell it for a fair price for me and the buyer. Any idea what this is worth either to use or for the Collector?

Thank you and 73,
Paul
K7NHB


Title: RE: Value of rare Datong CW keyboard?
Post by: K7NHB on May 01, 2013, 12:06:08 PM
So many views and no replies - I figure in a few days I'll put this in the classified shipped to CONUSA for $85; need to list all the features from the manual. There is probably a Datong gear collector out there who would love to have it - or someone who wants to send CW via full size keyboard and need a computer.
73,
Paul


Title: RE: Value of rare Datong CW keyboard?
Post by: N3QE on May 02, 2013, 07:23:12 AM
There is a "Datong Archive" online and maybe someone in their community would be interested in buying the unit or preserving any manuals that you have. Their website: https://sites.google.com/site/datongarchive/

If the keyboard has a model number etc. you might want to include that in your sales offers.

Also see this where someone is specifically asking for a Datong Morse keyboard: http://uk.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20120805060600AA16wP2

I personally think that CW keyboards are kinda neat, but have never actually used one :-)


Title: RE: Value of rare Datong CW keyboard?
Post by: KB4QAA on May 03, 2013, 09:14:46 PM
My wild guess is $30 absolute tops, unless there is someone that is a Datong fan.


Title: RE: Value of rare Datong CW keyboard?
Post by: K7NHB on May 06, 2013, 11:36:25 AM
Thank you, Tim.
the question from the UK seems to have been retired (9 months old) so I couldn't reply to it; I did put a post in the Datong Archive group.

I know their Audio filters are highly regarded (I have two) and still in demand.

When people comment about this, it seems they miss the point a bit by suggesting a computer program. For that, you need a computer! This is self contained. And it has a membrane on top instead of individual keys. It has speed control, weight/detail settings and 4 memory banks.

Of course it is not "new". It is not "state-of-the-art". But it has its evolutionary place. I'm pretty sure it will find a home in the Datong Archive group as they didn't have one listed at all.

Thanks again and 73,
Paul