1st CW Key

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

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  1. W0AAA

    W0AAA QRZ Lifetime Member #112 Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    I got my first key in 1961 as a novice. It was, and still is, an Ambassador Deluxe H.S.K. made in Japan. My favorite keys are a ZN-SLR single lever made by N3ZN and a Solid State single lever made by 9A5N.
     

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  2. W5BIB

    W5BIB Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    My first key as a Novice in 1961 (at 14 years-old) was a J-44

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    When I became a General, in 1962, I "bucked hay-bales" out in the field to earn enough money to buy a (used) Vibroplex Presentation.

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    I still have, and use, both of them today. :D

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  3. W5BIB

    W5BIB Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    WOW !! What a GREAT QRZ.com Bio Andrew !! Now, THAT'S a ham shack !!:D
     
  4. N9CJT

    N9CJT Ham Member QRZ Page

    My first key was a J-38 donated by my father-in-law, but my first purchased key was a keyer - the MFJ-405 (Econo Keyer II). After several decades it's finally died and they don't make them any more. I'm finding it very difficult to replace it with a single-paddle device that has anywhere near the features for the price and portability convenience. Oh well... IMG_20190407_143239829.jpg
     
  5. K1LKP

    K1LKP Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    HI FRIENDS,

    YES, YES,

    "CW FOREVER"

    THIS WAS MY FIRST KEY

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    IN 1959 THE J-38 KEYS COULD BE PURCHASED FOR ABOUT 5 DOLLARS
    AT THE WAR SURPLUS PLACES IN BOSTON.

    I REALLY NEVER DEVELOPED ANY SKILLS TO USE THE
    BUG OR THE PADDLE SO I WENT TO THE WORLD OF
    CW KEYBOARDS IN THE LATE 70'S

    I TAKE MY HAT OFF TO THOSE WHO CAN USE
    A BUG OR A PADDLE......BRAVO.....

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    PRESENTLY, I USE A SOFTWARE
    PACKAGE CALLED
    "CW TYPE"
    TO BLAST OUT THE BRASS.

    AGAIN

    "CW FOREVER"

    AND

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  6. W7UUU

    W7UUU Principal Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    Alas, my "first keys" both died in a fire in September 1997 when a storage unit burned - we had our house up for sale, and the realtor wanted "all the clutter removed" so we rented a storage unit to store much of my ham gear. And then a massive fire swept the complex and I lost a LOT - including all the VHS tapes of my kids from when they were born :(

    But I saved the keys - and I still have them in my shack to this day. No effort to "restore them" - but oddly enough, both still work perfectly - the J-38 and the Lafayette "Coffin Key" bug - my very first bug - of course, the clear plastic lid melted in the fire - but it still works - both still work.

    Most would have tossed them in the trash but that's just no me. I wanted to keep them

    Photos below were taken 5 minutes ago on my shack bench

    These were my very first keys - the J-38 from 1973 and the Lafayette "Coffin Key" bug from 1975 - I'm glad to still have them :)

    Dave
    W7UUU

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  7. W7UUU

    W7UUU Principal Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    Just thought I would "bump" this thread up and hopefully others will chime in

    :)

    Dave
    W7UUU
     
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  8. K1LKP

    K1LKP Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    OK....... HOW MANY FOLKS HAD ONE OF THESE
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  9. KC7JNJ

    KC7JNJ Ham Member QRZ Page

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    I got the Bencher when I past my 5 WPM and used it to work my way to 13. I got Nye Viking about 10 years ago from a SK. I find the Nye Viking has a way nicer feel, it is now the only one I use.
     
  10. KI7RS

    KI7RS Ham Member QRZ Page

    I've only been at CW for about a year, but my first CW paddle was 3D printed. I still use it on SOTA activations (in my profile pic). In the past year I've added quite a few to the collection. Most are home made with the 3D printer. I have a "craptastic" MFJ paddle at the office I use for practice. My main keys are a Brown Brothers dual key, and a Magnakeyer. Surprisingly I have a cheap MFJ straight key that I use for most of my straight key sending. I put a cabinet knob on it, and got it adjusted just right. I don't think the arm moves at all I think it's just the bend in the cheap metal that gives it a "smooth" action.
     

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