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Author Topic: Have a chuckle at my homebrew key  (Read 3406 times)
K1VCT
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« on: June 13, 2017, 05:49:05 PM »



Made from scraps, and leftovers mostly.  The knurled nuts and sandwich spreader were new.

And... it does work, although I have no idea what a paddle key is supposed to feel like, since I'm just beginning to take on learning code.

Thought all you old timers would enjoy the laugh... best to all!
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K3STX
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« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2017, 06:28:24 PM »

Nothing to chuckle at here. I think it looks pretty good!!

Better than any key I have ever made. (Oh yeah, I have never made any key at all!).

All that matters is that you have fun with it. Sure looks like a perfectly functional key to me (and actually looks pretty nice).

paul
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ONAIR
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« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2017, 06:31:19 PM »

It works!  That's what counts!!  Smiley
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WW7KE
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« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2017, 07:17:05 PM »

That looks great! Grin
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« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2017, 08:18:28 PM »

Very nice indeed! Looks good. Someday people will be saying: I made a sandwich spreader from an old telegraph key... Wink
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K8AXW
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« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2017, 09:21:44 PM »

I'm afraid you won't get any laughs or even a chuckle here OM!  That's a beautiful job and shows everyone, old and young what can be done with a few off the rack parts and some imagination!

Good job!
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KE6EE
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« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2017, 10:13:05 PM »

Looks very nice indeed.

How it works as a paddle is one matter. It's likely to be fine.

That style of key can also be used as a cootie, which may be more difficult to use for a beginner than a standard straight key.

Cooties take a bit of technique not to sound too much like a cootie.  Grin
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KC4ZGP
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« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2017, 05:06:04 AM »


How does the XYL feel about it. If she says it's stupid looking then it's a magnificent creation.
Same goes for antennas, and amplifiers, and etc.

My mother thought the Three Stooge were stupid.

_ _ ... ... _ _

Kraus
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K0UA
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« Reply #8 on: June 14, 2017, 03:28:53 PM »


How does the XYL feel about it. If she says it's stupid looking then it's a magnificent creation.
Same goes for antennas, and amplifiers, and etc.

My mother thought the Three Stooge were stupid.

_ _ ... ... _ _

Kraus

She said that because the three stooges, were, are, and always will be stupid.
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KC7YE
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« Reply #9 on: June 14, 2017, 04:20:35 PM »

Now that is the ultimate Cootie key ! Can't find friction tape anymore so must do what we can.

Started with a Cootie way back and still like them best, even tho have had many top of line keys / paddles
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KC4ZGP
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« Reply #10 on: June 14, 2017, 05:49:38 PM »


How does the XYL feel about it. If she says it's stupid looking then it's a magnificent creation.
Same goes for antennas, and amplifiers, and etc.

My mother thought the Three Stooge were stupid.

_ _ ... ... _ _

Kraus

She said that because the three stooges, were, are, and always will be stupid.

That's a big Ten-Four.
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AK0B
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« Reply #11 on: June 14, 2017, 07:21:31 PM »

Very creative.  A job well done.  thumbs up.  Looks nice , works,
Its five ***** stars.

Stan AK0B
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K3STX
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« Reply #12 on: June 15, 2017, 06:44:29 AM »

If you put the "tips" of the spatula on a slider to go back-and-forth you can control the "stiffness" of the lever.
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VK4FFAB
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« Reply #13 on: June 15, 2017, 10:05:55 PM »

Awesome bit of fabricobbling OM. For me, this is real radio, not the investment of lots of money in the latest bling.
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K7KBN
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« Reply #14 on: June 15, 2017, 10:12:12 PM »

If you learn to send well with that, then a $500 Begali will feel ... wrong.

Nice job!
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