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Author Topic: Best keyer/paddle for newbies?  (Read 1385 times)
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« Reply #15 on: November 01, 2004, 05:57:19 AM »

I'm in the process of trying to get my code up to some sort of respectable state to go on the air with it. I've tried practicing in the past with a straight key, and it was... interesting. Frustrating, too.

I find the fluidity of a recently acquired Himound two-paddle key so much more conducive to thinking in the rhythms of the code. It is very easy to slip out a spare dit, and getting the inter-character spacing right isn't easy, but I feel that these are outweighed by the pleasure of being able to create perfectly formed characters without having to worry about the inter-symbol spacing (which is the most common entity in CW) and thus being free to concentrate on the flow of characters.

I'm sure that the secret of good Morse is having a good ear, and being able to send something that sounds slightly less than barbaric in all respects is, for me, a good thing.

Will this work? Will I ever get to the point where I can copy enough QSOs that I take the plunge? Who knows. Having a nice key makes it more likely.

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