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 CW straight key/paddle/two wires and your tongue, what do you use?
HarryStone  [Team Member]
9/12/2011 1:04:18 PM
What do you use for a CW key?
CZ75_9MM  [Member]
9/12/2011 8:01:03 PM
I modified a mouse into a key and used it for about a month when I started learning before I got my license last year. Still have it.

I now have a Bencher BY-2 Iambic Paddle.

KB7DX  [Team Member]
9/12/2011 9:03:10 PM
Std. J-38 style key. A bencher iambic paddle someday..
Elijah1  [Member]
9/12/2011 9:11:34 PM
Vibroplex
ChinoUSMC  [Team Member]
9/13/2011 12:05:26 AM

I use the WhiteRook MK49, pictured below... Multi-functional straight key or paddle. Only drawback... it's not weighted, so you have to use a second hand to hold it steady when using the paddle










I have a heavy straight key somewhere that I got as a present, but I don't know where it is after my wife made me clean up the place.

MissouriBob  [Team Member]
9/13/2011 12:09:28 AM
Bencher Iambic, but I'm so out of practice I would not try to use it without refreshing on that particular skill. There are a lot of software programs you can practice with an actual key without transmitting. I found that very helpful.
BigDaddy0004  [Team Member]
9/13/2011 2:56:48 AM
I have a dusty Bencher BY-1 iambic paddle.

lynchfort  [Member]
9/13/2011 8:07:11 AM
Good question. I plan on learning cw this winter. Several articles that I have read suggest starting with a straight. I'm not sure why if that is not what you plan on using since the skills for a straight key must be much different than the other types.
AnalogKid  [Member]
9/13/2011 8:51:19 AM
Nye Viking straight key.

Vibroplex 'Original' bug.

Vibrokeyer single lever.

Vibrokeyer iambic.

Though not necessarily in that order.
NAM  [Team Member]
9/13/2011 9:09:04 AM
standard plastic POS from an MFJ practice keyer.

I hardly ever run CW, as I never fully picked it up. When I do, it's usually via DM780's MCW keyer.
SVGA-1  [Team Member]
9/13/2011 9:44:29 AM
A keyboard and a monitor
HankEllis  [Member]
9/13/2011 11:09:29 AM
Kent twin paddle iambic with DigiKeyer II keyer. Have hooked up one paddle to use as a straight key but you really don't want to copy what noise I end up sending.

Originally Posted By lynchfort:
Good question. I plan on learning cw this winter. Several articles that I have read suggest starting with a straight. I'm not sure why if that is not what you plan on using since the skills for a straight key must be much different than the other types.
Good on you for learning CW. Learning the third mode (phone and digi being the others) has been a hoot. And I'm still learning.

I took a different road when I learned code. Bypassed the straight key completely and went to iambic as my first key. The straight and iambic are two different skill sets with straight being more difficult. The dirty secret of CW is that sending is not that difficult, copying is the harder part. Spend the time copying code. The ARRL code transmissions are great and I still practice with those.
HankEllis  [Member]
9/13/2011 11:11:56 AM
Originally Posted By NAM:
standard plastic POS from an MFJ practice keyer.

I hardly ever run CW, as I never fully picked it up. When I do, it's usually via DM780's MCW keyer.
And when those 25wpm stations come in I switch to software. I can't copy that fast and certainly can't send that fast. I use DM780 for sending and CW Get for copying.

phurba  [Life Member]
9/13/2011 11:23:57 AM
J-38 key 99% of the time. I have bencher paddles that I use during contests, but they just don't sound as personable as the straight key does.
HarryStone  [Team Member]
9/13/2011 11:24:07 AM
Originally Posted By HankEllis:
Kent twin paddle iambic



I was considering one of those, but now I'm thinking K8RA
HarryStone  [Team Member]
9/13/2011 11:25:03 AM
Originally Posted By phurba:
J-38 key 99% of the time. I have bencher paddles that I use during contests, but they just don't sound as personable as the straight key does.


A straight key would make the poor guy on the other end think I was having a stroke.
AnalogKid  [Member]
9/13/2011 5:15:42 PM
Actually, it's only Tier 1 stuff for me!



It costs more than your average high-end AR15.

Perfect stocking stuffer!
phurba  [Life Member]
9/13/2011 5:22:13 PM
Originally Posted By AnalogKid:
Actually, it's only Tier 1 stuff for me!

http://www.mtechnologies.com/ghd/gn907.jpg

It costs more than your average high-end AR15.

Perfect stocking stuffer!


That's gorgeous.
JaxShooter  [Team Member]
9/13/2011 5:27:57 PM
Originally Posted By BigDaddy0004:
I have a dusty Bencher BY-1 iambic paddle.

http://home.comcast.net/~gregbell/BY-1 close.jpg


HankEllis  [Member]
9/13/2011 6:52:27 PM
Originally Posted By HarryStone:
Originally Posted By HankEllis:
Kent twin paddle iambic
I was considering one of those, but now I'm thinking K8RA
One of the elder statesmen of the local club told me that a CW key to a ham is much like a instrument to a musician. Some like Fender, others like Gibson. You may like Bencher, others may like Bengali. Try different ones. When you find THE ONE, you'll know it.

In the meantime, get something and get on the air.