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CW experts, what's your TOP two straight keys currently made today?

Discussion in 'General Technical Questions and Answers' started by AI6DX, Nov 19, 2008.

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  1. WA9CWX

    WA9CWX Ham Member QRZ Page

    There IS something about early sixties Vibroplex paddles.

    The newer (90's - 2000+) ones definitly feel 'sloppy' to me.

    I have several from the 60's, AND several from the late 90's up to about 3 or 4 years ago.

    The difference is consistant.

  2. KI4POV

    KI4POV Ham Member QRZ Page

    It's hard to beat a good J-37. I like the Vibroplex key, but not the price... :D
  3. G4LNA

    G4LNA Ham Member QRZ Page

    I have used lots of keys, but I'll stick by my old German Junker key, it works as smooth as a Swiss watch.
  4. WA9CWX

    WA9CWX Ham Member QRZ Page

    What revived this 3 year old post??? I dunno, but anything CW is fine with me!! :D :D
  5. K7JBQ

    K7JBQ Moderator Volunteer Moderator QRZ Page

    I think it was KI4POV.

    Pretty good too: First post and he figured out the search function. Which is more than I can say for most of the inmates.:D

  6. N8CPA

    N8CPA Ham Member QRZ Page

    A certifiable resurrection of a thread about an allegedly dead mode?
  7. KA4PBQ

    KA4PBQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    my opinion is bengali simplex mono is my #1 choice over all cw keys
    i own, #2 is speedex brass straight key with black base.
    carl j
  8. NS8N

    NS8N Ham Member QRZ Page

    I've only used a handful of keys thus far and my favorite thus far has been the Navy Flameproof from JH Bunnell.
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  9. W5ALT

    W5ALT Ham Member QRZ Page

    What key is best is a very subjective thing. I have a couple of J-37's and KK-2's, some homebrew jobs, etc. I also picked up a Czech training key and a German K-34 at a hamfest a couple of weeks ago for $25 each, NOS. After getting them adjusted right, they feel about as good as most other SK's I've used. I also picked up a Russian mini key for $15 a year or so ago. It also feels OK, although it's a little small fo rmy liking.

    I've mostly been using the Czech key recently when I'm not using a keyer for DX and contests or the J-36 bug for rag chewing.

    Walt, W5ALT
  10. WA7PRC

    WA7PRC Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yeah, an olde thread. Anyway, my comments...

    I use a Nye 320-001 that works FB. I have it mounted to a piece of 1/8" aluminum that has felt glued to the bottom. Previously, as a Novice (ca 1970), I used an Ameco K-4. It also was FB.

    Before anyone poo-poos "the junky Ameco key", there were two. The K-1 is indeed junk. The K-4 met with my instructor/dad's approval. Dad was a retired Navy Radioman.

    vy 73 es gud dx,
    Bryan WA7PRC
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