1st CW Key

Discussion in 'Straight Keys - CW Enthusiasts' started by N4HFO, Nov 9, 2018.

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  1. N4HFO

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    This is my first, looking forward to getting on the air. s-l400-1.jpg
    I have to of the same know, one is going on my desk at work and one at house.
     
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  2. W5WTH

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    Smart move; buying a key that already has experience and knows how to send. :)
     
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  3. KQ9J

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    Like another operator posted above, my first key was the one that came with the HD-16 code practice oscillator...the first Heathkit I built! After I was licensed, I used it with my HW-16.

    Later on, I got a brass key with a shorting lever, I think it was from the Lafayette catalog :)
     
  4. VE3NLW

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    My first key was given to me by my elmer VE3PT, sk. It is a RCAF key 10A/556 1917.
     
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  5. N4HFO

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    Good looking key, thanks for the reply.....
     
  6. W5WTH

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    That's bad ass! Thx for sharing!
     
  7. K7MH

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    My first CW key...Was not my last! It was a Nye Viking Speed X key. I still have it.
     
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  8. K9ZMD

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    My first key was the J-37 (J-44 assembly) that followed Dad home from his WWII service in the Army Air Force Signal Corp. He dragged it out of an old duffel bag in 1958 when I first showed an interest in amateur radio. Those keys work fine and last a long time, and that first one will be the last that I ever part with. Meanwhile, my collection has grown to about 50 keys, mostly U.S. military assemblies based on the J-37, but also including a few non-U.S. military keys.
     
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  9. N4HFO

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    Cool story abought your first key,
     
  10. K9FN

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    My first was a J-38 that I got in 1957 at BC Electronics Surplus in Chicago, IL. There were two 55 Gallon barrels full of them, new in boxes. I paid $1.95 for mine and used it until I built my first electronic keyer. Then I bought two more J-38s and mounted them on their sides, base to base and used them as paddle for that keyer, replacing the section of hacksaw blade that I initially used, with contacts made from a couple of brass screws in a piece of 1x4 pine board. The J-38s were awesome... felt back then like my Begali does today.
     

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