Horror of horrors

Discussion in 'Straight Keys - CW Enthusiasts' started by WA7DU, Sep 23, 2016.

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  1. WA7DU

    WA7DU Ham Member QRZ Page

    I just learned the most ghastly thing...tattoo artists use vintage telegraph keys as foot-switches for their tattoo machine ! Oh, horrors !
  2. HB9FXW

    HB9FXW Ham Member QRZ Page

    They literally QLF. :D

    It's cool they find a use for them rather than throw them away.
  3. KA9JLM

    KA9JLM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Even better.

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  4. VE6QO

    VE6QO Ham Member QRZ Page

    I use an old straight key as a foot switch to key my 2m FM rig for satellite contacts. By using a headset it keeps my hands free to write down callsigns and point antenna.
  5. WA7DU

    WA7DU Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hmmmmmm. Different people have different sensetivities, I guess. To me, a telegraph key is something that should be treated with respect. It is sad to see one relegated to "foot switch" duty.
    K7WFM likes this.
  6. KA0HCP

    KA0HCP XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Hmm seems like we need to update the Q signals.

    QQQ - "Wipe the bird poop off your antenna", won't do.

    How about QQB : "Wipe the blood off your key"

    QLF: "Take of your shoe and send with your left foot" still works.. ;)
  7. M6GYU

    M6GYU Ham Member QRZ Page

    I know some hams who sound like they are sending with their feet too.
  8. AI6KX

    AI6KX Ham Member QRZ Page

    I got even with them and use a tattoo foot switch (eBay) for transmit-receive. It even came with the right plug.
    HB9FXW likes this.
  9. K8JD

    K8JD Ham Member QRZ Page

    I sometimes use a foot switch for sending Morse, Keeps my hands free for keying the mike on my two meter FM rig and scratching itches.;)

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