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Reviews Summary for Marconi PS No213A
Marconi PS No213A Reviews: 3 Average rating: 5.0/5 MSRP: $(missing—add MSRP)
Description: Marine Coast Station Key
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WB5AGF Rating: 5/5 Mar 23, 2017 15:12 Send this review to a friend
Essentially The Perfect Straight Morse Key  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
In watching eBay fairly closely for the past 18 months I have seen two real Marconi PS 213A Morse Keys show up for sale as well as perhaps 5 or 6 near-clones or close-copies. I don't believe that they were particularly rare in the UK at one time but their use in commercial service is now past and the people who have these keys tend to keep them.

Having said that ... I'm in the States and don't believe that this key ever came to the U.S. in any significant quantity. (I don't think that most U.S. hams know anything about the key.)

One of the truly fascinating things about this key is that the design is so straightforward, with no single portion difficult to understand, and yet their performance, as a straight (non-automatic) Morse key, can be described as essentially perfect.

A correctly maintained Marconi PS213A Key (and they are pretty robust ... they were used in commercial marine service) gives a quite delicate sensation to the user's fingers. There is no harshness or 'clanking'; in a quiet room the key in use gives off a sound rather like a reed-relay.

The PS-213A, in its design, shares a feature with the 'Swedish key', that being the use of a 'metal tongue', sticking-out from the lever arm on the far end away from the knob, as the place where the moving contacts are located. I believe that this is probably some of the 'secret' to the key's remarkably delicate handling.

The PS-213A differs from the 'Swedish Key' in that it uses ball bearings (the Brits really like ball bearings for their Morse keys) as opposed to the piece of flexing metal used in the 'Swedish Key' for its rotational element.

I'll conclude by saying that the Marconi PS213A Key is worth watching for though I suspect a concentrated search will likely be required if you are seriously interested in owning one.

Paul N. Nix, WB5AGF
(23 Mar 2017)
N4EES Rating: 5/5 Aug 4, 2011 16:56 Send this review to a friend
The best of the best  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have tried many professional, long arm straight keys, and this is far and away my favorite....they just don't come any better than the Marconi PS 213A. Extremely hard to find, and good examples are very expensive. I agree with John Snell, G0RDO, they are the finest straight keys in the world! Ask ANYONE who has ever used one.
G0RDO Rating: 5/5 Apr 28, 2011 04:12 Send this review to a friend
The best key I have ever used  Time owned: more than 12 months
A key design based on the Scandinavian large straight keys with the overhead contacts at the rear makes this a joy to use. Large key at overall length of aroud 9" (230mm)and 3 & 1/4" wide. I can see why they were chosen for marine coast stations around the UK and elsewhere, the key is truly magnificent.

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