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Reviews Categories | Keys & Paddles | Begali HST Single Lever Help

Reviews Summary for Begali HST Single Lever
Begali HST Single Lever Reviews: 31 Average rating: 4.9/5 MSRP: $250
Description: An innovative high-speed single lever key that can be switched to sideswiper mode at the flick of a switch. Cast iron base, precision bearings, and gold plated adjustment screws.
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N5GKV Rating: 5/5 Jan 26, 2017 10:37 Send this review to a friend
Begali mark 2  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Best thing ever. I have had almost all of the keys produced in the last 50 years and my favorite up to now has been a Kent. It was very smooth but as I get older and now have diabetic nerve damage in my hands, I have become a slapper. I rewarded myself with a HST for Christmas and its my new fav. I wish I had had this key for my entire hamming career. YES, its that good. I can't imagine anyone ever making a better key, period...
KQ4E Rating: 5/5 Jul 25, 2015 22:01 Send this review to a friend
Great Key!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Love this key. The Kents are very nice keys but they do not compare to the quality of a Begali.
N3HEE Rating: 5/5 Dec 28, 2014 05:54 Send this review to a friend
Great Key  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Got one for Christmas. Very large key. Weighs in at 3 pounds 13 ounces. Very solid feel. Very smooth operation. Can be adjusted to extremely small tolerances. Probably one of the best keys I've ever owned. I can send faster with this key than anything else I own. I have both Kent single and dual lever keys. The Kents are nice keys but not nearly as heavy and solid feeling. The Kent single lever just has too much play for my liking.
9V1VV Rating: 5/5 Nov 3, 2014 20:12 Send this review to a friend
Excellent  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
HST MK II. An excellent high-quality single lever key. Simple adjustments from stiff action to very loose, with gaps individually adjustable on dits and dahs. The mid-point is always in exactly the same place. The heavy base stops it moving around the desk even for a slapper like me. It would be difficult to find a better design.

Begali keep a small stock of keys in the USA in case they run out of stock in Italy. Mine came from USA very quickly.
P43R Rating: 5/5 Sep 12, 2014 18:49 Send this review to a friend
Best key I have ever use  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
What’s your favorite coffee?
What’s your favorite tee?
What’s your favorite beer?
What’s your favorite wine?
There will always be another brand to try out tomorrow.
How can one truly decide on a favorite key?
This Mark II is the best key I have ever used.
There is no chance that a better key would be better than this better key.
Ferrary Red it is not. Ferrary performance, I will say yes.
K6TTD Rating: 5/5 Apr 13, 2014 16:34 Send this review to a friend
Lamborghini, Maserati, Ferrari & Begali  Time owned: more than 12 months
This is a follow-up to the review I posted after my first few weeks of using my Begali HST. It has now been well over 18 months since I first went on the air with the HST. I rated it a "5" then. I would rate it a "10" today if would let me. I am like a number of hams that enjoy CW, but did NOT enjoy working with iambic keyers. Tried several, but they never felt natural, reduced both my accuracy and speed, and always lost adjustment after a few hours on the air. My HST has been the polar opposite. Once I found the right spacing and tension settings, my speed and accuracy have increased dramatically up to about 25 WPM comfortably, from a dismal struggle @ 14 WPM with iambic. Once set, the HST stays where you put it, period; and The action is absolutely honey butter smooth. Even after being bumped, jarred, whacked, packed, moved and unpacked. While the HST isn't the most aesthetically appealing of the Begali lineup (a tall order given the incredible visual art of others in this line) it is a true mechanical work of art. It belongs on the altar of Italian art and industrial design, along side Lamborghini, Maserati and Ferrari. Bravo, Begali, e grazie mille!
N2CN Rating: 5/5 Oct 21, 2013 20:19 Send this review to a friend
Precise, sturdy, good value  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
The Begali HST 2 is utilitarian in appearance, but is battleship solid and has a nice, precise feel. The handle has no vertical or horizontal play, the adjustments are simple, and the contacts have a nice, solid click to them.

The mechanism is surprisingly simple: a bearing attached to the bottom of the handle, riding horizontally against a bell-curve-shaped track or cam. The handle is centered when the bearing is resting at the center of the bell curve. The curved track pivots on one side; tension on the other side is provided by an attracting magnet. The tension keeps the bearing centered in the bell curve. (It's hard to describe verbally -- a picture does it better, but there's nothing published by Begali.) Some minor wiring is required after delivery.

I am not a high speed CW op, but after 38 years of sending CW, this paddle is the best single paddle that I've used.

I bought the HST 2 after using two other single paddles for an extended period: the Kent, which I found has an overly flexible plastic handle, giving it a mushy feel, and the American Morse Bushwacker, which has more vertical and horizontal play (looseness, actually) in the handle than I would have preferred.
N9AOP Rating: 5/5 Sep 17, 2013 21:34 Send this review to a friend
YES  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I have the same problem as some of the previous reviewers. No matter how long I use an iambic keyer, I still end up adding a dot or dash where it doesn't belong. I have a signature keyer and it works great except for this problem of mine. I have only had the HST for a couple of weeks and already I rarely add an extra character. For me this single lever keyer is the answer to good CW.---Art, N9AOP
UR7HBY Rating: 5/5 Mar 14, 2013 05:57 Send this review to a friend
Worthy choice!  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
It is the tool for admirers of qualitative and functional CW. It is that choice is very convenient and practical.
W1SFR Rating: 5/5 Jan 7, 2013 10:03 Send this review to a friend
My 4th Begali and so far my favorite  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I'm fairly new to the hobby (less than a year) but in that time I've used a lot of different paddles and keys. The HST is just sublime. With the oversize single lever, magnetic action and superfine adjustments, it makes for a truly effortless cw experience. The feel and action are superb. And to put a bit of frosting on the cake, and make your QSO's a bit more interesting, you can switch to sideswiper mode by flipping the toggle switch on the back of the unit. I received my HST about 6 working days after ordering.
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