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Author Topic: Do you currently use a straight key?  (Read 52363 times)
KA0HVE
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« on: July 11, 2013, 08:40:03 AM »

Why and which one do you use?

I got out my Speed-X last night and it took a few minutes to get used to it again but I like it.  I'm thinking of getting a 'nice' straight key and I'm looking for recommendations.

Thanks.
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AD9DX
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« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2013, 08:45:23 AM »

Begali
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WA9CFK
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« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2013, 09:39:15 AM »

I use a brass key I borrowed from a friend when he moved onto a Bug.

That was fifty years ago when we were High School buddies.

It still works and it still look nice.
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W5ESE
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« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2013, 10:20:05 AM »

I would consider a Nye SpeedX a pretty nice key.
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N3HEE
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« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2013, 10:21:14 AM »

I built two straight keys this year following instructions from WB9LPU.  They came out better than expected and work great.  Nothing like using a homebrew key.  https://sites.google.com/site/wb9lpu/ECI-KEY9.pdf  You can see my keys on my QRZ page.
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NK6Q
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« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2013, 10:55:16 AM »

I'll put my vote in for the Junkers key.

Bill in Pasadena, NK6Q
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W1JKA
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« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2013, 11:07:35 AM »

Yes, my great grand dad's Signal Electric and my uncle's WW11 Navy flameproof. Only keys I still use since the 60's. Reason: I guess I don't know any better.
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WX7G
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« Reply #7 on: July 11, 2013, 11:15:10 AM »

The speed-X is a fine key and it's about as good as it gets. I recently sold my Begali straight key because it is the typical clunky European pump handle style. That is, it takes more work to send with.
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N4MPM
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« Reply #8 on: July 11, 2013, 11:36:50 AM »

Check out Vizkey. He makes excellent keys. You can find them listed in e -ham reviews.
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N3DF
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« Reply #9 on: July 11, 2013, 11:57:15 AM »

Don't really understand why any active CW operator would use a straight key, except possibly on SKN for nostalgia purposes.
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« Reply #10 on: July 11, 2013, 01:05:58 PM »

Check out Vizkey. He makes excellent keys. You can find them listed in e -ham reviews.

Yep, I've been looking at the Camelback.
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KA0HVE
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« Reply #11 on: July 11, 2013, 02:35:52 PM »

Don't really understand why any active CW operator would use a straight key, except possibly on SKN for nostalgia purposes.

It's a long story and, no offense, I don't want to go into it.
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K7RNO
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« Reply #12 on: July 11, 2013, 04:54:02 PM »

I've only used straight keys, and I still (again) use one now: the only one I know, a Junker in navy gray.

When you start with the best, you will be forever spoiled  Tongue

73,
Arno K7RNO/AG
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« Reply #13 on: July 11, 2013, 07:06:20 PM »

To the original questioner: you won't go wrong with a Vizkey Camelback. I'm sure there are other good ones, but having gone from a speedex to Vizkey I can tell you that you will be very happy with the key and the man who makes it. If you have or wish to develop a light touch ask Tom to talk with you a spring on front adjustment screw.

To the gentleman who can't understand why anyone would use a straight key:  You would be absolutely astounded at all the dumb things people do involving time-honored traditions, arts, and true skills.

DC
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K0OD
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« Reply #14 on: July 11, 2013, 10:25:23 PM »

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To the gentleman who can't understand why anyone would use a straight key:  You would be absolutely astounded at all the dumb things people do involving time-honored traditions, arts, and true skills.

Yeah, lots of "true skill" going 20 wpm, 25 max. I've heard a few good straight key ops.... a very few. 
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