j-38

Discussion in 'Straight Keys - CW Enthusiasts' started by K5VZD, Apr 12, 2019.

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  1. K5VZD

    K5VZD Ham Member QRZ Page

    yeah theres a bunch of cheap immitations….. my j-37 is also beside me on the shelf..
     
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  2. N2SUB

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    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:

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    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:
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  3. N7KO

    N7KO Ham Member QRZ Page

    Look on ebay, there was a fellow selling them awhile back.
     
  4. K5VZD

    K5VZD Ham Member QRZ Page

    tks 73 tom
     
  5. W4AUT

    W4AUT Ham Member QRZ Page

    I have two you can have Sir. Will mail to your address on your QRZ page. Steve 73's
     
  6. KD1W

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    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.
     
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  7. N2SUB

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    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.
     
  8. KD1W

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    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!
     

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