I've been working on my code, and I'm copying OK and getting more confident on my sending. My only HF transceiver is a QRP Labs QCX, and I'm basically using a button as a "straight key". I rigged up a home-made attempt to experiment with iambic keying. I think I like the straight key more. Everything I key is successfully decoded by the QCX's decoder, so I think I've got the rhythm and timing down OK. When I key iambically, I keep forgetting and leaking an extra dit or dah here and there, and finding it frustrating. I'd like to buy something nice to key with, and I can't afford to buy two -- am I missing out by giving up on the paddle too quick? Maybe I haven't given it enough of a chance -- do most people end up on a paddle anyway?