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Reviews Categories | Keys & Paddles | Chevron Morse Key Help


Reviews Summary for Chevron Morse Key
Chevron Morse Key Reviews: 11 Average rating: 5.0/5 MSRP: $£375 - £465
Description: "The Chevron Morse Key - Built With Passion For Great Morse Code"
Product is in production.
More info: http://www.chevronmorsekeys.co.uk
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K1JD Rating: 5/5 Oct 10, 2006 10:50 Send this review to a friend
Outstanding New Paddle  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
There are some very nice paddles here in the shack (Mercury/Bencher, Begali Graciella, and previously a WBL V22) so Chevron SN #005 had stiff competition when it arrived a short time ago. Kevin, M0AGA, a good friend, and Alan G4HCD have done an outstanding job leading the design, prototype and fabrication efforts. Right out of the box, I was able to run the code speed up and send relatively error free whereas most new paddles have required a (sometimes extended) period to adapt.
Personal preference adjustments are very easy. The contact spacing adjustment screws have super-fine threads which Iíve set to about 0.1 rotations from contact closure - VERY close. Happy to say, the Chevron has not shown any tendency to close by itself when set like this, a problem realized in many keys due to thermal instability and/or other design issues. The magnet gap settings allow greatly variable closure effort from very slight to heavy. The wide range of adjustment should accommodate most operator preferences.
Magnetic paddles like the Mercury have a very distinctive feel when breaking the magnetic field. Although also a magnetic design, the Chevron feels completely different; ďneutralĒ is the word that comes to mind. One definitely gets the impression that the levers are perfectly matched and balanced and tolerances are held tight.
Heavy-fisted telegraphers (like me) hit paddles hard while sending which can cause contact bounce-induced errors, especially when the contact gap is set very close. I have not been able to induce ANY contact bounce errors with the contacts set near the closure point. Based on experience with otherwise excellent paddles, this is an astonishing achievement. Also, even with my heavy fist the paddle stays put on the desk.
The keyís clear protective coating in no way alters the natural hue of the metals. My key has bronze levers and base with other parts in brass. The subtle contrast between the pinkish bronze and the brass parts is beautiful. Donít be surprised to see a few swirl marks in the finish as the keys are hand polished.
I would not elect to gold plate this particular key but believe that gold plating is now being offered as an option.
Measured in terms of enabling faster and cleaner CW right away, this paddle sets a new standard. It is an exceptionally fine key. In an era when telegraphers seem to be an endangered species, itís comforting to know that the drive to achieve ever higher standards in key design and assembly is still very much alive.
 
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