Discussion in 'Straight Keys - CW Enthusiasts' started by K5VZD, Apr 12, 2019.
yeah theres a bunch of cheap immitations….. my j-37 is also beside me on the shelf..
I've got a collection of J-37 keys in their various forms. My attraction to them started when my Dad found a key that belonged to my grandfather. It's not a typical J-37, and my Grandfather was a tinkerer so I figured he modified it. It turns out that it's out of a "Plug and Key Assembly Number 9". It took me a while to track that down. It was in pretty rough shape, but I cleaned it up and gave it back to my Dad. Here's the before and after:
Notice there are no thumb screws on the outside on the key. That was because this flavor of J-37 was mounted in a metal box, like a flameproof key. The box is lost to history, but there's no telling where the key was before it got to my Grandfather.
Plug and Key assembly Number 9:
Look on ebay, there was a fellow selling them awhile back.
tks 73 tom
I have two you can have Sir. Will mail to your address on your QRZ page. Steve 73's
I've used both as well and would probably use the J-38 over the J-37. I've got 9 of the J-37 keys in one of the WWII Signal Corps AN/GSC-TIA Code Training Sets. The wiring in the set probably needs some work but it is still all in one piece except for the one missing key.
The J37 is special.....most people either love it or hate it. I think my background as a drummer drew me to it. It has a stiff, consistent response that never gets squishy. I have a bunch of J38s too, but they are 'rare' if there is such a thing and are part of my collection. They don't see much use.
It is definitely just personal preference with stuff like this. I have not spent a lot of time on the J-37. That could be part of the problem. I think the more you use a key the more you get used to them and like (maybe even love) them!