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Reviews Summary for Vibroplex Square Racer
Vibroplex Square Racer Reviews: 17 Average rating: 4.6/5 MSRP: $139.95
Description: Iambic paddle with magnetic return
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K1FT Rating: 5/5 Jan 17, 2007 16:59 Send this review to a friend
Good Magnetic key  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I've used the square racer for about 6 months along with a Begali Simplex and a Schurr Portable Wabbler and have to say I find my cw less prone to error with this key than I do with the other two at about 30 wpm. I've used the other two for 7 years and 2 years respectively. Go figure. For high speed cw, it might be a different story, but for speeds up to 30 this key has a wonderful light feel. It holds adjustment well, although it takes a tool to change the gap. Given the Simplex or this key, I would chose the Vibroplex. The Schurr is in another class. The best thing about cw and paddles, is that everyone has an opinion that is correct for themselves.
NS6Y_ Rating: 5/5 Oct 19, 2006 22:41 Send this review to a friend
This wonderful key deserves a 5  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
OK, I figured out why the plastic paddle pieces on this shattered overnight, on a new key - LOCTITE. Yes, I'm one of those careful kind of people and just like I do with HT belt clips etc., I put a bit of blue loc-tite on the screws that hold the paddle pieces on. Well, how does loc-tite work? It seeps into cracks and expands. So, it seeps into the plastic/metal gap, expands, creates cracks which is seeps into, expandes, making more cracks.......

The stuff can just amazingly screw these plastic paddle pieces up!

My punishment for this poor decision was I had to prove I really care about CW by making new paddle pieces, which I did, out of thick PCB material, the new ones are cool and of a neat funky color.

Other than this, that you just have to keep your darned loc-tite in the toolbox, this is a great key. After a bit of adjustment, I showed it off to my CW fiend friend Dr. Dit, and he couldn't stop playing with it - I eventually had to unplug it from the rig and take it away since I had to go.

This is just a very nice key.
NS6Y_ Rating: 4/5 Oct 18, 2006 13:03 Send this review to a friend
Paddles not soldier-proof  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I got this at Pacificon. Got to try out a number of keys there and have experience with several keys - this is a very nice feeling key. Size, weight, stability, good fine feel, etc.


I put my new key together last night (put the paddles on) and this morning I just found out one of the paddles broke off!

Seems to be a brittle type break of the plastic, starting at the locator pin. The only thing that's bumped these is my modem cable so, it may be some stress caused by tightening the screw since if it's loose the paddle rattles.

I'm going to make new paddles out of PCB material, just take any piece of PCB, strip the copper off, or use blank stuff if you can get it, drill your holes, and attach. I will probably thread the locator holes, I have some small taps around here. Good thing I save all those neat little stainless Posidriv screws from HP stuff.......

Really neat key though, the only other improvement I can think of is the put a holder for the Allen wrench on the bottom so it will store like on the HexKey.
KG9HV Rating: 5/5 Apr 21, 2006 21:03 Send this review to a friend
Nice feel to it  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I am not a fan of all Vibroplex keys,but I do
like this one alot. I wanted a paddle with a light touch and the Square Racer has that feel.
If you are heavy handed, then this is probably
not for you. I use this while the Kent and GHD
sit on the shelf.
K6JEY Rating: 5/5 Dec 13, 2004 09:55 Send this review to a friend
Classy Paddle  Time owned: more than 12 months
First, I am a 25wpm CW'er. I also play classical guitar and I find that a key with a light touch more to my liking. I feel the Square Racer DeLuxe is one of the nicest looking keys made and will stay nice looking longer. The construction and geometry all fit what has been described as belonging to an excellent key. The key operation and settings are very stable and repeatable at the speeds I use it and it is a pleasure to use.
AA8PP Rating: 5/5 May 28, 2004 03:50 Send this review to a friend
SMOOTH OPERATION  Time owned: more than 12 months
N2DE Rating: 5/5 Mar 19, 2004 21:32 Send this review to a friend
Great paddle at a bargain price  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
My first iambic paddle with magnetic return, about 25 years ago, was the Hamco. That company is long gone, but their key with its unique triangular base survived and is still sold today as the Vibroplex Brass Racer. The latest incarnation of that basic design is the Vibroplex Square Racer, and it's a great paddle at this price (I bought the Deluxe version which is listed at $139.95 - the standard version is $119.95) The flawless chrome finish avoids the susceptibility to corrosion that its brass siblings have, and with the red finger pieces it truly is a beauty.

The old Hamco design with a frictionless suspension of very light levers is still unique, and it performs very well up to the highest speeds. The return force is finely adjustable with sliding magnets, and you can adjust the paddle spacing within a narrow range. The large contacts are made of silver, and the gap adjustment (like the paddle spacing adjustment) is made with a hex key and stays put once it's done.

Compared to other designs that use sealed bearings, this paddle is not as robust. You can't hammer it like, say, a Begali, and I wouldn't want to bounce it around in a suitcase. But if you have a light touch this is a precision instrument with great looks and a venerable brand name at a price that's hard to beat.

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