What's the best straight key for a newbie to code?

Discussion in 'Straight Keys - CW Enthusiasts' started by VA3AEX, Aug 24, 2017.

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  1. NH6MA

    NH6MA Ham Member QRZ Page

    Not a collector, but before I got my Bunnell, I went to a bunch of collector sites and 'borrowed' some pics of original/restored keys and used them to compare what I was seeing for sale. Probably not the best way to determine authenticity but I was able to see non original adjusting screws, missing parts, etc.
    By the way, I like a Navy Flameproof over the J37/J38/speedx type keys.
     
  2. N8AFT

    N8AFT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Found a few Lionel J38's on eBay this morning for under $40.
     
  3. N8AFT

    N8AFT Ham Member QRZ Page

    N2SUB Jim; Google Linone J38 and find the page of 'More than you wanted to know about the J38 key'.
    It answers ALL your questions es more...
     
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  4. N8AFT

    N8AFT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Lionel not Linone....
     
  5. K7WFM

    K7WFM Ham Member QRZ Page

  6. N2SUB

    N2SUB Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    I got a note from W7AMI. He hooked me up with a beautiful J-38. She got here Saturday and I made a few contacts yesterday afternoon with her. AND, I've made bids on a few more, different types of keys. I'm hooked, like it or not. Thanks for your help:

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  7. KQ4MM

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    You need one of these next James

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  8. K5WG

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    Most people learn to send with a straight key, and transition to iambic paddles later. I learned to send on a straight key, and switched to iambic paddles about six months later. No big deal. Just takes daily practice. It's good to be flexible, able to send either way, straight key or iambic paddles.
     
  9. M0LEP

    M0LEP Ham Member QRZ Page

    That was certainly the case in the past. CWOps' CW Academy training programme expects students to use a paddle and keyer.
     
  10. KG7WGX

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    I completely understand this. Once you get the "motions" down for paddles, it is very hard to send a character incorrectly. If you just do the correct motions a little faster than the actual character generation, the keyer corrects the intra-character timing and the character is sent perfectly.

    If you try to do the timing yourself, you may occasionally send a C as NN, or an X as TU.

    Most keyers, in my experience, do not try to tackle the timing between characters in a word, or the timing between words. So, you can still runeverythingtogether as one error, or y ou can a d d extra ne ous sp aces as another.

    To catch these sending errors, if you can't hear them yourself by playing back an MP3 file of your sending, you need to send into a decoder. Preferably the fussiest one you can find. (You don't want the one that will decode bad Morse, or how will it help you improve?)
     

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