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Author Topic: Which of five types of CW sending do you use?  (Read 3511 times)
K4YWZ
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« Reply #30 on: November 24, 2017, 01:49:02 PM »

From the world of a CW newbie...

100% keyer/paddle.  That's what CWops requires (just finished their CW Academy Level One class two weeks ago).  And no complaints with that... I'm already smitten with the lovely, rhythmic feel of those dits and dahs coming off your fingertips.

But one of the first things I picked up when I got involved with ham radio a year ago was a nice Kent straight key.  I'm going to stick with the keyer/paddle for awhile, until I get more comfortable with the code.  But I'm looking forward to trying that straight key.

And, someday, a bug.  Wouldn't it be great to send like this YL...  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3zwOZkYe_Q

Tolerance would be a '2.'  But that's because of my shortcomings, not the other op.  I look forward to the day when I'm less sucky... and can greet every op and every speed and every fist with a gracious smile and a thank you!
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KR4TH
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« Reply #31 on: December 01, 2017, 06:25:39 AM »

1. PUMP (STRAIGHT KEY) -   20%  12-18 wpm for SKCC
2. COOTIE (SIDESWIPER)  - 10%   10-15 wpm for SKCC
3. BUG (SEMI AUTO DITS) - 35% I am enjoying the bug more now that I added weight to slow it down, 15-20 wpm, as I get more practice and better sending I will go faster, still trying to find the sweet spot for speed, spacing and smooth sounding cw
4. KEYER (ELECTRONIC)  - 35% When I want a longer rag chew with a good sending op.
5. KEYBOARD (COMPUTER) - 0%

I started 59 years ago on a J-38 then HB homemade hacksaw bug, to Japanese black box bug, to HB electronic tube keyer from old handbook, to vibroplex original to K-5 keyer.  I enjoy them all, just use which ever seems to fit the occasion
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DL8OV
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« Reply #32 on: December 07, 2017, 11:48:29 AM »

Pump during the day and either cootie or electronic at night because there's less noise (my shack is next to the bedroom). I have a small collection of straight keys but only one set of paddles which is switched to either mode depending on my mood.

Peter DL8OV
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N3DF
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« Reply #33 on: December 12, 2017, 07:01:54 PM »

Coming up on 50 years of almost exclusively using a keyboard.  Don't enjoy using anything else. 

Neil N3DF 
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Neil N3DF
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« Reply #34 on: December 12, 2017, 07:18:17 PM »

Coming up on 50 years of almost exclusively using a keyboard.  Don't enjoy using anything else. 

Neil N3DF 
Thanks all for great inputs. Neil as not many are exclusive keyboard users, a little more info please? What speed ranges do you use for transmission? Do you use normal CW abbreviations and procedures at slower speeds, in fact no one could easily tell you are using a keyboard and not a very well timed keyer? Given you're active 50 years on CW, I am sure that must be the case. Do you use QSK or semi-QSK? I assume you receive by ear as you're a CW op of 50 years. Finally, do you type far ahead, or try to keep typing with the speed of transmission? I have nothing against keyboard use, like ALL CW keying methods it is HOW it is used not what is used, that matters!
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« Reply #35 on: December 12, 2017, 09:33:06 PM »

PUMP (STRAIGHT KEY)   Still got my RAF Type D key and use it ocasionally still good for 20 wpm plus.
KEYER (ELECTRONIC)     Got my old key from GKA (had to provide your own key if you did not want to use standard issue)  drag it out and use it not very often, also got a WKUSB and a Kent double paddle use that a lot.
BUG (SEMI AUTO DITS)  Tried, could not send at a good enough standard gave up and never bothered again
COOTIE (SIDESWIPER) Never
KEYBOARD (COMPUTER)  Use the N1MM+ keying to do most of my contesting.
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