Discussion in 'Straight Keys - CW Enthusiasts' started by KD7ICW, Aug 12, 2019.



  1. Yes

  2. No

  3. I use telepathy, duh

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  1. W5BIB

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    Yeah... I bought the first pair & spliced in a quarter-inch phone plug. (wasn't thinking !).

    I bought another pair (for posterity) & found a homemade "connection board" on ebay, that used the "Fahnestock Clips", & it was only $9.95 (with free shipping).
    It's easy enough to homebrew one & you won't have to try & alter the original plugs. Just use a regular quarter-inch Jack w/wire on one side & the original plugs on the other..


    Now I have an unmolested NOS pair of these nostalgic earphones still in the box/bag & unopened. :)

    Lots of good memories with these. I remember we "initiated" a new intercept operator, on his first the mid-watch, by rubbing the carbon from a piece of 6 ply copy paper all around the inside of the earphones ! It was a "rite-of-passage" & he wouldn't even know why other ops were grinning every time he took the earphones off ! He wouldn't know that he had "black ears" until he finally looked into a mirror...

    At times, we were standing watch 8 hours on & 8 hours off & it was easy to spot who hadn't taken a shower ;):p

    Good times,... U.S. Navy Morse Intercept Operator 1964-1972.

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  2. K2ZA

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    I absolutely agree, I love my RS20S...

    73 de John K2ZA
  3. W4NNF

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    OUCH! Another zombie bit NNF...but this was a pretty good thread. :)

    I almost always use earphones for CW. Always have since I was a teenager. Which? I've got expensive (to me) Heil Proset Elites here I use happily on phone, but what I generally use on CW is an el-cheapo pair of earphones from JVC. I maybe paid 40 bucks (at most) for them on Amazon. Why do I use them? Good audio...nice earpads...but...most of all? As comfortable as Heil Proset is, the JVCs are so light I can wear them for hours and hours and hours. :)
  4. W1BR

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    In the olden days us old pharts used these adapters to go between pins and panel jacks. No need to cut the leads.

    earphone pin adapt.jpg
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  5. K6JJR

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    I use phones when copy get rough. My old Heil set gave up the ghost so I found a really nice Sony set on Amazon for about 40 bux. Using Amazon for ham radio products, who would have thunk? :)

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