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Author Topic: Flameproof key issue  (Read 3644 times)
KR4TH
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« on: December 13, 2017, 01:17:33 PM »

I just purchased a flameproof navy key on eBay and connected it to my rig.  It did not work.  I removed the base plate and could see the movement with the key and connected a probe wire but could't make a connection for a closed circuit.  I loosened but didn't remove the spring and contact adjustment screws.  The only think on the bottom that I can see is an old cloth insulated wire connecting to one contact post. 

A straight key cannot be that difficult.  The key is so enclosed it is hard to see how it works.  What am I missing?
 
Jerry
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K8AXW
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« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2017, 07:55:58 PM »

Re-examine the problem  with the thought that a hand key is part of a 'broken wire.'  Check from the in terminal to the arm of the key and from the out terminal to the other contact of the key.  One of them will show an open.  How you "fix" it up to you.
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K8BYP
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« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2017, 12:41:43 PM »

" flameproof navy key"

You simply MUST post a photo of keying that with a welding glove.... HI
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K8AXW
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« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2017, 09:19:21 PM »

They were used only by hot operators!
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W1JKA
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« Reply #4 on: December 15, 2017, 03:52:07 AM »

FLameproofs were made in the days before LGBT military personnel became common place, they didn't call it a straight key for nothing.
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VK5EEE
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« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2017, 07:04:23 AM »

 Grin Grin Grin Grin Long Live the Straight Key Cheesy

No other keys would have been born if it wasn't for the straight key

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« Reply #6 on: December 15, 2017, 09:50:32 AM »

JKA:   Grin  Grin  Grin  Roll Eyes
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KA1VF
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« Reply #7 on: December 15, 2017, 01:55:09 PM »

   I acquired a WWII (U.S. Navy) "Flame Proof" straight key in 1959 for my Novice setup,
and I still use it frequently. But, it stopped keying a few years ago so I disassembled it,
spray cleaned everything inside with WD-40, and then reassembled it.

              73,
                   Bob

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N9AOP
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« Reply #8 on: December 16, 2017, 10:46:27 AM »

That is the only CW key allowed to be used inside oil refineries.
Art
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« Reply #9 on: December 18, 2017, 10:41:16 AM »

FLameproofs were made in the days before LGBT military personnel became common place, they didn't call it a straight key for nothing.

COMMENT OF THE YEAR
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« Reply #10 on: January 01, 2018, 06:09:02 AM »

Did you solve the issue?

Here is a schematic


http://www.hamradioqrp.com/2017/01/in-navy-you-can-sail-seven-seas.html
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