Lefties Need Not Be Left Out!

Discussion in 'Straight Keys - CW Enthusiasts' started by WA3LKN, Jan 3, 2018.

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  1. WA3LKN

    WA3LKN Ham Member QRZ Page

    In response to a recent post, see some photos of the options that southpaws have used over the years.

    Most bug manufacturers made small numbers of left handed bugs.

    Some ops would use a regular right handed bug, left handed, as Dave Ingram K4TWJ (SK) illustrated in his book. See photo from his book "Keys, Keys, Keys"

    And the Wilson Company made bugs for the Canadian military during WW-II that could be turned on their side and used like a straight key (you can do this with the older McElroy bugs too). Or the user could put some rubber feet on the pre-drilled and threaded holes and flip see upside down.

    R and L Lightning Bugs.jpg R and L Deluxe Bugs.jpg R and L Japanned Originals.JPG Wilson 1.JPG Wilson 2.JPG Wilson 3.JPG Wilson 4.JPG Dave Ingram.jpeg
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  2. K7MH

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    The Wilson bug is WAY cool!!
  3. W5BIB

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  4. WA3LKN

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    Pretty Amazing!

    During WW-II some railroad telegraphers who were drafted into the signal corps could send the same message simultaneously in Morse using a bug in one hand and in international code with a bug using the other hand.
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  5. W5BIB

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    THAT'S Mind Boggling !!!

    Steve / W5BIB
  6. WA7PRC

    WA7PRC Ham Member QRZ Page

    That's some nice looking hardware. :)

    My Morse instructor was a retired Navy Radioman. I called him "dad". It is natural for me to send left handed w/ a straight key, and right handed w/ a keyer/bug. That makes it easy to switch back and forth in mid sentence or mid word. The other ops can't tell which is which. :D

    Steve @W5BIB is pretty darned good too:

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  7. W5BIB

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    Last edited: Jan 3, 2018
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  8. ND6M

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  9. WB5YUZ

    WB5YUZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    As far as figure 3-3 in post #1 is concerned, looks to me like a great way to get a glass arm/wrist.

    To spend a lot of time working CW requires the correct ergonomics for any key, either hand.
  10. N2SUB

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    It looks like the paddle was rotated 90 degrees for the purpose of the photo. Typically the paddles would be pointed back towards the rig and your wrist would be straight. I've done it lots of times, and it's really not bad.

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