Discussion in 'Straight Keys - CW Enthusiasts' started by KJ7GFW, Jul 12, 2019.
Just curious which hand most of us Ops pound brass with?
I use either but favor the right hand.
I'm right-handed, but my dad encouraged me to learn to send left-handed when I was a kid so I could write with my right-hand. It used to come in handy, but I type more now when I copy rather than write (I still send with key or paddles -left handed - with the exception of N1MM for contests).
Being left-handed, I've pounded brass left-handed since my days as WN1MBK in the late 60s. When I graduated to an electronic keyer, I naturally wired it up for left-handed. All was well in my world until my NTS mentor suggested I learn to send right-handed, so my pencil could reside at the ready in my left hand.
I reluctantly learned to send right handed on the keyer paddles. And to this day, I can send proficiently either righty or lefty on the keyer paddles.
Many years later, I picked up a right-handed Vibroplex bug, and taught myself to use it.
However, to this day I cannot teach myself to pound brass right-handed. It's very odd.
I send with my left hand, but I set it up my paddle as a right hander. Dits and dahs are technically backward, but I've lived in a righthanded world for so long I knew it would be easy to learn this way from the start.
I learned by using my 'dominant hand (R). Now, too many years later to change now, I wish I'd learned with my left hand! Would'a been able to write/right handed then. Oh well...
My serious answer: I can send with either hand on straight key or keyer. Bug? No
Straight key: left hand. Keyer/bug: right hand. That makes it easy to switch in mid-word. The kewl part is, my Morse instructor taught me to send PERFECT Morse w/ a straight key. So, when I switch, the other op can't tell the difference. Also, before I used a keyer, other ops sometimes asked me what kind of keyer I was using.
Learn and practice using both hands...
OK. You are now my hero. If I send you my straight key and return shipping, would you please bless my key??? But for right hand sending, please.