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K9FV
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« on: August 24, 2008, 02:57:27 PM »

As a general rule, Do you tend to run a closer spacing on your paddle than on your straight key?

Just wondering how most folks adjust each.

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K7KBN
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« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2008, 03:08:49 PM »

Adjust it so it feels right FOR YOU.  No two people will have the same preferences on gaps, spring tensions or any of the other variables.  Find out by experimenting what works FOR YOU.

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WB2WIK
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« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2008, 03:11:42 PM »

I never use a straight key, but my contact spacing on paddles is a width that is the equivalent of the thickness of a piece of paper like a dollar bill.

That's pretty close.

This is purely to exert the absolute minimum effort in keying!  When I'm sending, no part of my hand, wrist or arm moves at all.  The side of my hand between the pinkie and wrist lays on the table and the only things that move are my thumb and middle finger, just a tiny bit (a 1/16" of an inch, maybe less).  Makes sending pretty effortless, although contact spacing this close can create accidental "key closures" from something as simple as a piece of dust falling across the contacts (high-Z keying circuit), so I always turn off the break-in (or VOX) when I leave the shack.

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K9FV
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« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2008, 07:00:29 PM »

I should have mentioned that I like a close spacing on my paddles also - just as close as they will go without giving false dits....  This new Bengali (ordered before the price increase) will hold a closer spacing than any of my other paddles.  The KENT TP-1 did pretty good, but gave more false dits.

I tend to use a bit wider spacing for my straight key, but it doesn't *feel* with the wider spacing, but I've not been very successful with closer spacing either and was just wondering what other folks tended to use.  Perhaps it's because I don't use the straight key - still learning it. Paddles for me!!

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W8ZNX
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« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2008, 01:46:40 AM »

it depends on time place and key
straight key
American style low profile most often use close spacing
European style pump handle straight key most often use
wide spacing

paddles
in the field holding key in one hand and sending with the other
wide spacing
fixed station on the desk close spacing

spacing i like
will not
be the same spacing you like

play around
find what works for you

mac
dit dit
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