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Author Topic: ? on Iambic technique at higher speeds  (Read 968 times)
AF4XK
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« on: January 29, 2010, 03:18:11 PM »

Hello folks.

I'm considering purchasing a better paddle. I haven't really decided on whether I want a single lever or an iambic type.

So my question is for you operators who can manage 35 wpm plus and use an iambic paddle.

Not taking the initial CQ into account, when you are at 35 wpm plus do you consistently use the iambic (squeeze) method or does the 'timing' become too difficult an issue and you thus resort to treating the paddle as a single lever design?

Thanks and 73.
Chuck
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WB2WIK
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« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2010, 03:42:59 PM »

I find the faster I send, the more benefit iambic keying is.

It's at the lower speeds where it hardly matters.

My paddles are set for very, very little motion, maybe .030 to .040" each way.  So "squeezing" the paddles takes just about zero effort, and nothing moves at all except my thumb and one finger of my right hand, and they barely move.

The less effort, the better!
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VK4TJF
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« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2010, 02:57:01 AM »

well i'm no speed champion, however when doing 35 wpm i find that iambic is the way to go. however some people i think just find it fun to do the single lever thing
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KE3WD
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« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2010, 02:58:17 PM »

The more you work with the Iambic and get the old muscle memory used to using it, the more you will use it.  Might even go so far to add, "at any speed". 

But I usually keep at least two keys hooked up at all time, one is always a well-tuned-up straight key.  I like moving to the straight key to answer the slower QSOs and to keep my hand in on it.  Speeds up to around 20WPM with that key are not a problem after all these years of CW operating.  Try to make both keys sound like machine-sent code, I say. 
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AF4XK
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« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2010, 10:54:33 AM »

Thanks for the responses guys. At this stage I'm much more comfortable with a single lever or at least keying non-iambic style. I have an iambic connected up along with a single lever. I'll practice some more and see how I progress.

73.
chuck
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