Tips for Navy Flameproof Users

Discussion in 'Straight Keys - CW Enthusiasts' started by K9ALT, Mar 6, 2019.

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  1. KB5ZCR

    KB5ZCR Ham Member QRZ Page

    I bought a navy flameproof on ebay last month, worked sometimes, didn't others.
    I took the bottom off to try and figure it out.
    It's very hard to get to the contacts to clean them that was the problem with this key.
    I finely got some contact cleaner and a piece of paper between them to get them working but I never was able to actually "LOOK" at the contacts.

    Other than trying to get to the contacts, otherwise I really like this key.
    It's designed differently inside that any key I've seen before (I'm only used to the standard key).

    Thanks, Tim
  2. K6GB

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    My all time favorite, I remember when I was in Junior High the local surplus store sold them for like $2. I paid more.
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  3. K7TRF

    K7TRF Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    The navy flameproof is one of my favorite straight keys. I hold it like others have posted, index finger on top and thumb and second figure gently pinching the lower flat knob. Some like a higher center knob, some like a flat plate, either way it's easy enough to swap out the knob for a different style if the key's knob doesn't suit you in it's current configuration. The nice part about this key is the soft but crisp action as compared to something like a J38. Like any key a large solid base really helps the it shine.
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  4. W5BIB

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    Using a Navy Knob, my thumb is 'blowin'-in-the-wind' :p I use my index finger on top of the knob, & my middle finger on the lower flange.
    I like my key to have a very small closure for the contacts & quite-a-bit of tension, so, I actually use two fingers to close the contact on a short Navy Knob & just the index finger on the TALL Navy Knob like this key has.

    Even when using a Flat 'Knob', I use the index finger to key with & the middle finger just rides along-side - once again; the Thumb is just 'blowin'-in-the-wind' :D

    Perhaps this old video shows what I'm talking about a little bit better:
    The key is a Chinese Military K-4 with a TALL NAVY Knob (NOT a J-44 as I mentioned during a brain-fart)

    I've keyed this way for over 58 years & it still works for me :) (YMMV)

    77, 72/73
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2019
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  5. W5LZ

    W5LZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    The best way for you to tap that key is whatever is most comfortable for you. "Different strokes for different folks."
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