Portable Key for field ops

Discussion in 'Straight Keys - CW Enthusiasts' started by KB1CKT, Sep 3, 2015.

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  1. M0LEP

    M0LEP Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yes, it does.
  2. KB1CKT

    KB1CKT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yes, built in keyer. I do have a Black Widow paddle, which while not really portable is still a small size; and unlike my Bencher I'm a bit less worried about breakage.

    I, err, have not gotten my sending ability up to snuff on a straight key. Point taken about flexibility, but right now it's not my preferred sending choice.
  3. W8ZNX

    W8ZNX Ham Member QRZ Page

    the J-38 is a horrid landline key

    the US Army Signal Corps leg iron key uses the J-37 key
    which has larger contacts and no landline switch

    when mounted on a leg iron
    early on known as the J-45
    later during Viet Nam war it was re numbered as the KY-116/U
    the key was used for over 40 years in all kinds of Signal Corps field work

    here field / portable work with the FT-817 use the single lever American Morse paddle

    still in the stacks
  4. AA4OO

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  5. K3XR

    K3XR Ham Member QRZ Page

    A little pricey so you might look for a good used one but the palm paddle is hard to beat have used it on various rigs like the 817, K1,KX1,KX3 etc.
  6. KI5WW

    KI5WW Ham Member QRZ Page

    I have the Palm Paddle mini. Its a great key for portable, and or even bedside cw with my 706. Comes with a plastic case. But maybe that was extra? I like it.

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