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Reviews Summary for GHD GT501MIL
GHD GT501MIL Reviews: 1 Average rating: 5.0/5 MSRP: $$599,95
Description: For those who prefer the American style, GHD's new GT501MIL offers all of the features of the 501A with the lever bent down to within 3mm of the base at closure. Overall the lever is a little bit longer so there is a slight increase in leverage and mass. The knob is specially designed for comfortable "disk grip" sending. The base is finished in merror-polished hard chrome, while the lever and trunion assembly are finished in GHD's trademark "pear" finish.
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WA7SGS Rating: 5/5 Dec 12, 2016 12:18 Send this review to a friend
Big cost big it for you?  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Having bought a cheap Chinese military surplus straight key, I found it was literally hard to use due to such a stiff spring. I am also not the best coordinated person in the world so ease of use counts for a lot to me. After reading the reviews for this straight key, I decided to buy and try, figuring at worst I'd lose a couple hundred reselling what is a very rare item on the amateur radio used goods market.

Cost: Comparable to an used transceiver means it is affordable. Whether you want to spend that much on a key depends on whether you feel the need for such an item. GHD does offer a lower end model with the same mechanism on a smaller lighter base for $459.95 but hey, if I am in for a dime I am in for a dollar...LOL! Might as well find out what all the fuss is about.

Size: If you have a need for a small footprint, this is not the key for you! It dwarfs that Chinese military surplus key I was using. Weighing in around 4 pounds, this mass of metal will stay put. Solid as the Rock of Gibralter! When I bought the key from Milestone Technologies, they even included an antiskid mat piece that anchors this beast even further onto the table.

Setting up: Japinglish in the instruction sheet is somewhat confusing. The setup did take some doing but here's what to do: Go look through your tiny Allen wrenches and find one for the little screw that will hold the micrometer adjustment in place with some tension. Do not overtighten. Place the knurled knob into the hole by the micrometer adjustment. That is the tricky part but it does go in.

After that it becomes easy-peasy to zero out the micrometer. Get the contacts to touch and there's your zero point. After that you turn the micrometer knob after loosening the knurled knob a bit until you have the amount of gap you desire. Adjust the spring tension and voila, dots and dashes galore are going to be made in a most handy fashion!

Being a "princess and the pea" kind of person, I am very sensitive as to how something feels. This key should satisfy those who are of that type.

The American distributor of GHD products is a one man with a wife and dog operation. There is no massive inventory or equally massive bureaucracy. Marshall (the owner) is just trying to get by in the world so if you want to order any of his keys, you may wish to call up to see if there is one in stock. Only three of the GT501MIL were on hand when I called. He's a nice guy who will treat you like a real human bean but maybe the dog will bite...LOL!

Now it is up to you the reader of this review to decide if you wish to bite and enjoy some straight key goodness.

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