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Reviews Summary for Begali HST Single Lever
Begali HST Single Lever Reviews: 34 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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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.
KF7BYU Rating: 5/5 Oct 4, 2012 20:04 Send this review to a friend
Bravo!  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
Another perfect creation from the Begali family. The design of the HST-2 has improved the single lever design and it's performance and feel are unmatched by any of the others i've tried. The unit arrived very promptly and the Begali family sent rapid notes to keep me posted of the order and delivery process. I normally send with a straight key, but I wanted something that could go quicker for long conversations. This key is effortless to use over long periods of use and has a very consistant, clean feel that makes for perfect sending. The magnetic return system keeps the unit well centered even with very small gap settings so you won't be sending character elements by accident. Another masterpiece, made by someone who really cares about the product and it's intended use. This key is the "swiss watch" of keys.
N2BTW Rating: 5/5 Jun 4, 2012 18:44 Send this review to a friend
Tickled to death  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
This HST II key is FUN! I've haven't been able to let go of it since it showed up.. I've sort of forgotten about QSOs, I just sit around sending to myself all day.. Like I got a new Italian sports car and can't stop driving it around the block. Such a precision instrument, crafted from the finest materials, yet industrial solid.. Although the paddle came with a contact gap tool, I set the gaps by first adjusting the magnet sensitivity, and then turning the key over on it's side (first the dit side, then the dah side), and let gravity tell me how far out to adjust the contact (I adjust them just far enough out that when the key is on it's side, gravity doesn't pull the paddle down far enough to start sending). It looks like it belongs in the radio room in the Nautilus! Love it!
N7RR Rating: 5/5 May 3, 2012 15:57 Send this review to a friend
The New HST Mark II is much better. N7RR  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
The HST Single Lever paddle was in the Begali lineup for awhile. I wasn't enamored of it. For me, the HST Single Lever action seemed sluggish. Although it was made from fine components, I think the principal source of my difficulty with its performance stemmed from its long lever. The HST Single Lever is now out of production. It's been replaced in 2012 by a new model. The serial numbers have apparently been continued, even though the new model seems to bear the same name. Mine is s/n 250. However, the new HST is headlined HST Mark II on the Begali home page. I'll call it that, since it is different enough to deserve a new name. It is considerable better than the original.
The HST Mark II sports a shorter aluminum lever, which, like with the original model, is integrated with the fingerpiece. The single lever/sideswiper switch has been moved back. Using that switch, the same key may be employed, in turn, to control an electronic keyer with dits on one side and dahs on the other, or it can be changed instantly to control a straight-key circuit with back-and-forth motion. The new fingerpiece is perforated and tall, like on the Begali Sculpture Mono. That means that either the whole pointer-finger knuckle or just the pointer finger tip can be used to oppose the thumb. A large vertical hole is available behind the lever which could be used to bolt the HST Mark II down onto the operating surface like old landline telegraph keys. I prefer to paste 3Mô Dual Lockô onto the base of all of my paddles to secure them to the operating desk.
The HST Mark II is simple and businesslike. Adjusting it is a snap: left and right thumbscrews control contact spacing; one front thumbscrew controls the magnetic return tension in both directions with a moving cam. At Ä218 plus shipping, the HST Mark II is pretty economical among fine-quality paddles.
KA2Z Rating: 5/5 Apr 23, 2012 22:52 Send this review to a friend
#251 HST Single Lever New Magnet / Cam Version  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I started out in CW on straight keys and bugs which served well for many years. By the time I started playing around with dual lever keys I was unable to adapt to the iambic squeeze technique of keying. For me personally, the iambic method did not make sense and I felt it was not worth my time to use. So I used a dual paddle like a dual action single lever key. This served me well for many years.
It never occured to me to maybe just get a single lever key. Not sure why. I recently got interested in getting an actual single lever after seeing the uTube videos of the HST.
I already had the Signature Key, and the Intrepid Bug from the Begali family, and I was completely satisfied with both. So I decided to go for the HST.
The HST I got is the new version where the single lever moves off a cam and return force is adjustable via a magnet. What a great idea!
How do I like it? Well, my ham brothers and sisters I have to tell you, this is the key I've been looking for all my life. It was so easy to set up and make adjustments to my personal technique. It is so smooth. I really love this single lever. It feels great operating it, the code flows cleanly, and I love the look of it-- big and solid. The aluminum finger piece is a perfect fit for me.
I have two stations set up in the shack here. I'm using the Intrepid on my 40 meter set, and this HST on my 80 meter set. I'm really enjoying CW so much more lately!
VK2BYN Rating: 5/5 Mar 12, 2012 03:50 Send this review to a friend
Beautiful to use.  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
If you want a key to look nice on your desk near your expensive radio Begali make other keys that may suit you better. However, if sending nice clean fast morse code is your priority you should try the HST. It's beautifully balanced and weighted, a pleasure to use.
W8FA Rating: 5/5 Mar 5, 2012 16:47 Send this review to a friend
A pleasure to use.  Time owned: more than 12 months
This single-lever paddle is built for high-speed competition. As such, it has a higher tension range than most paddles. Using a dynamometer to measure force, I can set the tension on this paddle to as low as 40 grams of pressure required for activation at the paddle's fingertips. As a reference, I can set my Bencher Iambic down to 5 grams and my cherished N0SA single-lever Model SP2 down to 2 grams. I like a light tension setting, but even though the tension on this paddle is higher, it still feels good and is not tiring to use for extended periods. The workmanship and finish are first class and what you would expect from Begali. The adjustments are fine thread, so it's easy to set. The base is very heavy. Heavier than what you would imagine from the picture. It could be used as a weapon. It will not move even when used in hard-fist sideswiper (cootie) mode. The sideswiper option is available at the flick of the microswitch mounted on the paddle's base. This paddle has such a nice feel when keyed. The positive mechanical "clicking" vibration inherent in this unique design is positively felt in the large aluminum paddle fingertip, which is nicely grooved for a non-slip feel. Customer service and communication from Begali was professional and my paddle arrived safely packed in a week. In my humble opinion, most of the paddles out there are just "more of the same", with a little different twist, spin, or look of their own. Not this design. It has a beauty all it's own. It looks better than the pictures. It's one of my favorites. Very solid and functional. A real pleasure to use.
WD1V Rating: 5/5 Oct 8, 2011 05:23 Send this review to a friend
Coolest Cootie!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
This is a key that lets you create a style that is YOU. It takes some practice but all of a sudden, you are rolling with it and while you're listening to what it sounds like, you can elongate any dash just a bit for a mellow emphasis. Its a lot of fun and forces some new muscle memory so an even larger part of your brain will be adapting to your favorite mode. And of course, its typical Begali quality. Doesn't move and with a little extra pressure gives you metal clicks like a metronome. Now have a SPARK straight key, Sculpture paddle, and HST cootie all from Begali. I also have a LI Mercury. The HST is the new fun one. But they are all 5's.
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