Discussion in 'Straight Keys - CW Enthusiasts' started by KB1CKT, Sep 3, 2015.
Yes, it does.
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.
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
I posted a review on the Palm Single Paddle http://n4pbq.blogspot.com/2015/08/palm-single-key-review.html
I've used it portable on a few occasions since purchasing it from morse express.
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.
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.