Call Search
     

New to Ham Radio?
My Profile

Community
Articles
Forums
News
Reviews
Friends Remembered
Strays
Survey Question

Operating
Contesting
DX Cluster Spots
Propagation

Resources
Calendar
Classifieds
Ham Exams
Ham Links
List Archives
News Articles
Product Reviews
QSL Managers

Site Info
eHam Help (FAQ)
Support the site
The eHam Team
Advertising Info
Vision Statement
About eHam.net

   Home   Help Search  
Pages: [1] 2 3 Next   Go Down
  Print  
Author Topic: Best Begalli key  (Read 18175 times)
WA6KYR
Member

Posts: 15




Ignore
« on: May 03, 2014, 02:20:17 PM »

I love their keys and want to buy another one.
any thoughts.
Logged
KI6LZ
Member

Posts: 587




Ignore
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2014, 02:22:50 PM »

Wish I was going to Dayton, Bengalli will be there and I could try out his keys. Hate to spend that kind of money for a key that might not feel good for me.
Logged
K3GC
Member

Posts: 118




Ignore
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2014, 06:39:24 PM »

My favorite is the Signature.  It is moderately priced (for a Begali  Grin).  It is typically beautiful as are all Begalis, has a great adjustment range, is easy to adjust, and you can even adjust the paddle spacing.

If a straight key is your desire the Spark is the best there is IMO. 

I have both the signature and the Spark.

73 Gene K3GC
Logged
F8WBD
Member

Posts: 73




Ignore
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2014, 01:20:44 AM »

The Camelback is a great key. At least I think so. Am thinking of getting a Spark in the Fall.
Logged
WX2S
Member

Posts: 735




Ignore
« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2014, 04:59:16 AM »

Check out the HST. I have one as my primary key.

WX2S.
Logged

73, - Steve WX2S.
I subscribe to the DX Code of Conduct. http://dx-code.org/
N4OI
Member

Posts: 210




Ignore
« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2014, 05:10:47 AM »

My favorite is the Signature.  It is moderately priced (for a Begali  Grin).  It is typically beautiful as are all Begalis, has a great adjustment range, is easy to adjust, and you can even adjust the paddle spacing.

If a straight key is your desire the Spark is the best there is IMO. 

I have both the signature and the Spark.

73 Gene K3GC

Ditto - Have not used any others... the Signature and Spark comprise my Begali collection...  No compelling reason for me to search further...   Be sure to get the gold contacts on the paddle...   just saying'

73
Logged
KE6EE
Member

Posts: 398




Ignore
« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2014, 02:45:57 PM »

I love their keys and want to buy another one.
any thoughts.

Depends on why you want it more specifically than pure amore  Grin.

Interesting to me (and why I have them) are:

The Intrepid bug is quite a piece of design, endlessly adjustable, will work at speeds as low as about 12 wpm. Excellent if you have the bug love or is it the love bug?

The HST which is a fine single lever paddle and also a very nice sideswiper at the flip of a switch. Tension and contact spacing instantly adjustable. I have the older model with a longer lever. It works very well, is self-centering and weighs 4 lbs so it doesn't dance around. The newer, shorter lever model, also has a good reputation.
Logged
KC7YRA
Member

Posts: 256




Ignore
« Reply #7 on: May 04, 2014, 04:30:09 PM »

I have had the Signature Magnetic, which I bought from Piero at Dayton a few years ago.

Honestly, I thought the phrase "Ferrari/Cadillac of keys" was stupid.

Well . . . . . . It kinda fits right here.

Love the key.
Logged
WA6KYR
Member

Posts: 15




Ignore
« Reply #8 on: May 04, 2014, 04:44:47 PM »

I own a Signature and I just was curious if Begali makes a better iambic key
or if  I should stop while I am ahead.  Thanks for the replies  Richard
Logged
WX2S
Member

Posts: 735




Ignore
« Reply #9 on: May 04, 2014, 05:12:02 PM »


The HST which is a fine single lever paddle and also a very nice sideswiper at the flip of a switch. Tension and contact spacing instantly adjustable. I have the older model with a longer lever. It works very well, is self-centering and weighs 4 lbs so it doesn't dance around. The newer, shorter lever model, also has a good reputation.
The new model is what I have. It also has a drilled-out paddle, which I like.

Wx2s.
Logged

73, - Steve WX2S.
I subscribe to the DX Code of Conduct. http://dx-code.org/
KI6LZ
Member

Posts: 587




Ignore
« Reply #10 on: May 04, 2014, 05:17:49 PM »

Isn't the HST for 45 wpm or higher use? Yikes at those speeds a keyboard sounds even better.
Logged
WX2S
Member

Posts: 735




Ignore
« Reply #11 on: May 04, 2014, 07:37:29 PM »

Isn't the HST for 45 wpm or higher use? Yikes at those speeds a keyboard sounds even better.
Not in my case. I rarely get above 25. You can run it at 3 WPM in sideswiper mode if you want.

Wx2s.
Logged

73, - Steve WX2S.
I subscribe to the DX Code of Conduct. http://dx-code.org/
K3TN
Member

Posts: 290


WWW

Ignore
« Reply #12 on: May 05, 2014, 03:54:36 AM »

I had a really nice N3ZN dual paddle key and loved it, but at Dayton about 4 years ago I played with the Begali Mono Sculpture single paddle key and found (a) after all these years of using iambic keying, I really preferred single paddle keying and (b) the Begali key had the perfect feel for my hand and sending style.

After gulping at the price, which meant spending more on one key than the sum total I'd spend on keys and keyers in 45 years as a ham, I said "it's only money, you never see the bank truck in the funeral procession: and bought it. Been loving it for 4 years now.

I use the N3ZN key for Field Day, where the other ops like two paddle keying, and you can't go wrong with that one either.

73 John K3TN
Logged

John K3TN
N9AOP
Member

Posts: 149




Ignore
« Reply #13 on: May 05, 2014, 07:52:27 PM »

I also like the HST.  I have a signature and it works well but with it I am always adding an extra dot or dash where it does not belong.  I don't do this with the HST.  Slow or fast, this key works well.
Art
Logged
ZENKI
Member

Posts: 960




Ignore
« Reply #14 on: May 07, 2014, 03:52:42 AM »

Single Lever first

Then take your pick after that. For high speed work I prefer magnetic return. Begalis spring mechanism is terrible in my view, its very mushy  and its adjustment range  is not broad enough in my view. Its hard to adjust for a sweet spot

The HST key would be my choice, however frankly speaking any good single lever by N0SA or N3ZN would be good alternate choices.

If you have attended any HST competition you will soon realize that operator skill is  more important than the  brand of key. The keys that the champions
use especially from East Europe and Russia are primitive as hell. Many are homebrew  but  there seems to be a popular single lever key that I dont  know who
makes it. I could not really get the answer to who makes these  Russian HST Keys.

One thing I do suggest you get is a Key Dynamometre. I learned  a lot about good and bad keying mechanisms by testing keys with this instrument. The dynamometre
confirmed my low opinion of the early Begali spring return mechanism.

At the end of the day its personal technique and  finger taste!

Logged
Pages: [1] 2 3 Next   Go Up
  Print  
 
Jump to:  

Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.11 | SMF © 2006-2009, Simple Machines LLC Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!