Straight key vs paddle keying

Discussion in 'Straight Keys - CW Enthusiasts' started by KI5FXG, Nov 5, 2019 at 4:25 PM.

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  1. KC7JNJ

    KC7JNJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    I don’t work much code any more, but I will soon. I have always liked a straight key better. I am not a speedster. Never have been on paddles or straight key. Folks understand me better on straight key.
  2. KF9VV

    KF9VV Ham Member QRZ Page

    I use both, and enjoy both.

    I concentrated on straight key first to develop timing and have some fun. Once my natural speed progressed, I hit the limits of how fast I could cleanly send; then I went on to a paddle. That was for me starting all over again. It took a few months of daily practice to get somewhat smooth. I do believe it is best to start with a straight key and develop that sense of timing, it makes things go pretty easy later when you start to traverse into higher speed CW.

    These days I switch between straight key and a paddle dependent on the speed of a CQ. Every day is a learning day with CW, that is the fun of it!

    It takes some work.

    One more thing, do not fool around with junky keys. Spend a just a little cash and get something well regarded. I would recommend hunting down a J-38, Nye Speed-X or even a Navy Flameproof as a starting point. Well under $100 and you have a straight key that will be all one needs to do well.

    W9RAC likes this.

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