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Homebrew CW Key - Low budget model..

Discussion in 'Straight Keys - CW Enthusiasts' started by K1IGS, Sep 16, 2018.

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  1. KG7WGX

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    I have had better luck with diamond drills (or diamond hole saws for larger diameters). The diamond dust wears off quickly, so I would buy several bits for one project.
  2. KE0EYJ

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    For the amount of time and money I'd spend getting all of the stuff together, It'd be cheaper for me to buy something better, I guess.
  3. KI7RS

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    It wouldn't hurt to paint some flames on the side. That will give you at least 2-3 WPM extra:)
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  4. KE0EYJ

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    Rumor is that some ops in excess of 30wpm have achieved it because they wear their XYL's underwear.

    But don't quote me.

    For the record, I'm nowhere near that.
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  5. N8TGQ

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    My grandson kept asking me, "Why do they call it a key? Doesnt look like a key to me." So I built this from an old housekey and one of his candy containers. Works pretty well! Housekey.jpg
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  6. K1IGS

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    LOL love that one!
  7. NG3P

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    I'm tempted to make a straight key out of a lockpick now.
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  8. W5WTH

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    The uses of those countertop samples are endless. I use them frequently to 'mount' many things.

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  9. N7BKV

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    Goal: Simplicity with parts on hand. Iambic with hidden wires.

    Works up to about 30 wpm. Then the contacts start bouncing.

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  10. N8TGQ

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    This is getting serious now! Here"s one made from 1/4" strips of an old gift card and copper foil stained-glass tape. largepaddle.jpg
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