Warm up Exercises for Iambic Keying

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  1. M0FEU

    M0FEU Ham Member QRZ Page

    A short video outlining some simple warm up exercises you can include at the start of your Morse practice routine to help iron out some of those bad habits. If you keep tapping the levers instead of holding them closed, perhaps this is for you.


    73 de OE6FEG/M0FEU
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2020
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  2. KA2IRQ

    KA2IRQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    I love this!

    But on a side note, I can't help but think of Ed Norton playing Suwanee River on the piano.
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  3. W6RFC

    W6RFC Ham Member QRZ Page

    I like this too! Thanks!
  4. K7JOE

    K7JOE Ham Member QRZ Page

    whats the box on the left of the padde? modulated cw trasmitter ?
  5. KC8WIK

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  6. N3GY

    N3GY Ham Member QRZ Page

    Very cool stuff Matt .. ; Thank's for posting it / Best regards 73's de N3GY Hilton
  7. N2AMM

    N2AMM XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Sweet! Thank's Matt.
  8. HB9EPC

    HB9EPC Ham Member QRZ Page

    Very cool stuff Matt ..
  9. KC8UD

    KC8UD Ham Member QRZ Page

    The warm up routine is not a bad idea. May I suggest a little better posture of the hand. Rather than fingers being so far away where you end up having to swing and slap the paddles...keep the thumb and finger up to the paddle at all time where they are just barley touching and then the most gentle squeeze makes for smooth comfortable operation.
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  10. KA2IRQ

    KA2IRQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Completely agree... in all types of keying I see people expending a lot of energy in being inefficient. My fingers never leave the paddles- it's supposed to be "squeeze keying" - thumb and forefinger. Your wrist or arm should never move and should be completely supported by the table.

    Even in straight keying- you see people who mount their key at the edge of the table and their whole arm is going up and down with their elbow floating in mid air. OMG, are you kidding me? I couldn't sustain that for more than about 2 minutes.

    I mean, to each his own- do what's comfortable for you. But when your whole arm is flapping in the breeze, don't complain that your keying is sloppy, slow, and your arm hurts! And the faster you go, the worse it will be!

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