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Reviews Categories | Keys & Paddles | Military Naval Flameproof keys xxx-26003A Type Help

Reviews Summary for Military Naval Flameproof keys xxx-26003A Type
Military Naval Flameproof keys xxx-26003A Type Reviews: 12 Average rating: 4.8/5 MSRP: $85.00
Description: These keys are one of the most underrated bargains on Ebay nowadays. They need to be mounted upon a heavy base, or screwed to the table, but they are excellent and sturdy. I have "enhanced" the ones I use by taking out the front top gap setting screw, and dropping in a 1/8" long stem section from a plastic Q-tip shaft. I then re-insert the gap setting screw and readjust it for a minimal gap. This totally eliminates any return "chunk" sound from the key, making it virtually silent.
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KG0LH Rating: 4/5 Dec 29, 2003 13:33 Send this review to a friend
Great key  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I, too, think this is a fantastic key. Easy to adjust, and stays adjusted. Unlike a previous review, I like the "thunk". It makes it sound like an old-time key. Mine is mounted on a finished piece of basswood about 8" long, with rubber feet. This allows me to rest my forearm on the wood and this helps keep it from wandering. Only reason I didn't rate this a "5" is that the knob has a sharp ridge on it when new, although I think a little sandpaper would take care of that! Indeed a great buy at current ebay prices.
KK4DW Rating: 4/5 Dec 29, 2003 11:51 Send this review to a friend
Good, quiet, sturdy key  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
Years ago, someone captured a German Luftwaffe key and like it so well, that they commissioned our military to disassemble it and make thousands of copies. This was done at many different manufacturing facilities. The prefix xxx- ahead of the 26003A identifies the origin. There used to be a website that gave that info but I haven't been able to relocate it lately. At any rate, this is interestingly one of my main on-air keys, sitting side by side with another key of German extraction, a Junker DBGM. I have mounted both my German straight keys to a 1/4 " 3" x 6" polished brass plate and they look and perfom marvelously. (That Junker key in its metal housing is clunky looking ). The trick with both keys is to keep a tight gap and a moderately light spring tension, but not overlight. The knob height of both is perfect for the "arm resting on the table" style of sending.
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