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Reviews Categories | Keys & Paddles | Fischer DFM-1 Help


Reviews Summary for Fischer DFM-1
Fischer DFM-1 Reviews: 1 Average rating: 4.0/5 MSRP: $~120
Description: Solid Paddle with Iambic Keyer Electronic
Product is in production.
More info: http://www.dfe-online.de
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DK9BDN Rating: 4/5 Dec 12, 2002 16:10 Send this review to a friend
Nice Paddle/Keyer Package  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
This is the basic Iambic Key made by Dirk Fischer, DK2FD. I found his products while surfing the internet. Itīs my third key besides the superb Schurr Profi 2 and the compact Mini-Paddle by Palm Radio.
It comes in a beautiful aluminium case with speed (8 to 80 wpm) and weight (1.3 up to 1:5) controls on the front and a tune key on top. With the coding switch on the back you can disable the dot or dash memory (iambic a or b, just what you prefer), disable the sidetone, choose reverse paddles, do a reset (if necessary) or cut off the batteries. After five minutes the electronic switches to sleep-mode to save power. A set of batteries is suggested to last up to 1000 hours. A jack for another key is also provided.

The paddle unit is a solid construction, no flimsy stuff that goes own ways. The concept reminds of the Schurr keys but is not in that class. Adjusting contacts and tension is a bit tricky but once set, it fits. The paddles deliver a good feeling but as they are on the outside of the levers you canīt narrow the space between them. If you are able to work on plexiglass you might abrade and polish the paddles for a different feel. The DFM series has been available with Schurr high precision keys but I donīt know if this is still the case.

All in all a nice key for a nice price.
Take a look at Dirkīs page and check out de deluxe versions DFM-2 and DFM-3 (keyers without paddles also) and other very interesting things.
 


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