Straight Key Night around the corner

Discussion in 'Straight Keys - CW Enthusiasts' started by WD0BCT, Dec 17, 2016.

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  1. WA7PRC

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  2. KR6AUL

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    so since I am starting out, best to try a straight key or one of these?
  3. WA7PRC

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    Use whatever you like... straight key, bug, electronic keyer, keyboard. Most folks use a straight key or keyer.
  4. WD0BCT

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    I think you should play with it and see. My preferred keys are: 1. iambic paddle, 2. Straight key, 3. Bug
    I never quite got the bug mastered....but then again that can be said for a lot of bug users!
    After a while you can identify most bug users.
  5. W7UUU

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    If you're just starting out, my advice would be straight key. Or at least practice on a bug before "going live".

    Keyers are fine too for SKN - I don't think anyone really cares. I know I don't.

    But bugs are a lot of fun to use, IMO.

  6. WR2E

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    Not a fan of the AWA I take it? :eek:

    I know they enjoy what they do, but I have to admit, I get a good chuckle out of listening to some of those "22 Hartleys" !
  7. WR2E

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    Yes. It takes quite a bit of practice to 'get right' with a bug.
  8. WR2E

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    You ain't lyin'!
  9. N2EY

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    Do NOT start out with a bug. PLEASE do not!

    Start out with a plain straight key, or paddles and an electronic keyer.
  10. N2EY

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    Originally, SKN required the use of straight keys ONLY.

    Some years ago, this rule was expanded to include sideswipers and bugs - any mechanical key.

    However, keyers and keyboards are not allowed. Not that anyone can check, but.....they're not in the spirit of the event.

    "Participants are encouraged to get on the air and simply enjoy conversing in CW, with the use of a straight — or hand — key or bug for sending preferred."

    73 de Jim, N2EY

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