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Posted: 4/24/2014 8:10:04 PM EDT
Link Posted: 4/24/2014 8:28:44 PM EDT
The big brown truck delivered mine 3 days ago.
Link Posted: 4/24/2014 8:32:22 PM EDT
What is it?
Link Posted: 4/24/2014 8:38:37 PM EDT
Morse.
Link Posted: 4/24/2014 8:47:28 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By dougez1:
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It's an iambic paddle for sending CW (Morse Code).
Link Posted: 4/24/2014 9:09:23 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By dougez1:
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As others have said, it's a morse paddle. They're leaving out the fact that when thrown, it's
an excellent self defense weapon, it'll likely stop AP ammo, and if you lift it a few times a
day it'll make your biceps gigantic.

They're very well made paddles, but I wouldn't want to take mine backpacking.
Link Posted: 4/24/2014 10:45:43 PM EDT
You'll enjoy it up until the day you get to use a quality paddle, and then you'll hate it
Link Posted: 4/25/2014 3:05:33 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By phurba:
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This x1,000,000
Link Posted: 4/25/2014 3:08:01 AM EDT
I bought one off eBay pretty cheap and it's served me well. I switched to start to learn a straight key a couple weeks ago and am enjoying that even more. Maybe it's the novelty of something new. We'll see. :)
Link Posted: 4/25/2014 6:21:32 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By phurba:
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I can't really complain for $50. Something to learn with. I was actually referring to "liking CW" though I see how it could be inferred either way.
Link Posted: 4/25/2014 7:22:37 AM EDT
Dirtnasty, I started playing with CW in January. As of today, I am up to a solid 12wpm copy. Dont let anybody tell you that learning CW does not take a lot of dedicated practice... because it does. I really do love working CW. The DX is far momre interesting (and easier to get) than the phone portions of the band. Digital is cool, but it is not as widley used as CW. Anytime you want to practice, drop me a PM and I'll fire up the rig. Your signals from your QTH always funnel into New Orleans quite nicely.

-Bru
Link Posted: 4/25/2014 10:16:03 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By DirtNasty:


I can't really complain for $50. Something to learn with. I was actually referring to "liking CW" though I see how it could be inferred either way.
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Originally Posted By DirtNasty:
Originally Posted By phurba:
You'll enjoy it up until the day you get to use a quality paddle, and then you'll hate it


I can't really complain for $50. Something to learn with. I was actually referring to "liking CW" though I see how it could be inferred either way.

No you're right, it's a great beginner paddle and quite affordable. I got my start with one too. Once you get profuicient with it make sure you try a higher quality one.
Link Posted: 4/25/2014 10:53:22 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By archbru:
Dirtnasty, I started playing with CW in January. As of today, I am up to a solid 12wpm copy. Dont let anybody tell you that learning CW does not take a lot of dedicated practice... because it does. I really do love working CW. The DX is far momre interesting (and easier to get) than the phone portions of the band. Digital is cool, but it is not as widley used as CW. Anytime you want to practice, drop me a PM and I'll fire up the rig. Your signals from your QTH always funnel into New Orleans quite nicely.

-Bru
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Yeah, just getting started. I'm still learning the alphabet, but wanted to learn sending as well as copying. Still have a ways to go, but with the key it allows me to keep learning when copying gets boring.

I'll definitely take you up on your offer once I get a little further along.
Link Posted: 4/25/2014 12:00:32 PM EDT
Just got mine in a few days ago. I guess I better start learning.

Link Posted: 4/25/2014 12:23:53 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By AlbinoBoas:
Just got mine in a few days ago. I guess I better start learning.

<a href="http://s88.photobucket.com/user/krisgarner/media/Cherokee/F7809158-0828-4600-9E2D-FF75B7669A5C_zpsnlgvbdvk.jpg.html" target="_blank">http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k162/krisgarner/Cherokee/F7809158-0828-4600-9E2D-FF75B7669A5C_zpsnlgvbdvk.jpg</a>
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Your paddles and straight key are the same as mine.

I've been using my Bencher for about 25 years. Just got the Nye Viking a couple of months ago. Love the "Navy knob".
Link Posted: 4/25/2014 12:34:08 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Frank_B:

Your paddles and straight key are the same as mine.

I've been using my Bencher for about 25 years. Just got the Nye Viking a couple of months ago. Love the "Navy knob".
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Originally Posted By Frank_B:
Originally Posted By AlbinoBoas:
Just got mine in a few days ago. I guess I better start learning.

<a href="http://s88.photobucket.com/user/krisgarner/media/Cherokee/F7809158-0828-4600-9E2D-FF75B7669A5C_zpsnlgvbdvk.jpg.html" target="_blank">http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k162/krisgarner/Cherokee/F7809158-0828-4600-9E2D-FF75B7669A5C_zpsnlgvbdvk.jpg</a>

Your paddles and straight key are the same as mine.

I've been using my Bencher for about 25 years. Just got the Nye Viking a couple of months ago. Love the "Navy knob".


The key is an old Nye SpeedX key I picked up on eBay a few days ago. It came on the board, and I haven't taken it off yet. I assumed the knob was standard, it does make it a little more comfortable to use. I saw some folks on youtube drilling a hole in a poker chip to make there's a "Navy Knob"

ETA: I see the Navy knob is a $15.50 option on Morse Express

I have no idea how old the Bencher is, but it definitely has some miles on it. It was part of a SK estate (eBay again). I noticed the newer ones have a different label on them.
Link Posted: 4/25/2014 2:14:11 PM EDT
Just made my first cw qsl. My new bencher works. florida to France using 20 watts on the 10 meter band. I am very happy. Glad the other guy slowed down for me.
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Just made my first cw qsl. My new bencher works. florida to France using 20 watts on the 10 meter band. I am very happy. Glad the other guy slowed down for me.
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Great work.
Link Posted: 4/25/2014 5:40:44 PM EDT
Guys, I'm up for a qso anytime. I'm not very fast, but can make a go of it.Enjoy your paddles D.N., Ive got the same ones.
Link Posted: 4/25/2014 6:42:45 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By archbru:
Dirtnasty, I started playing with CW in January. As of today, I am up to a solid 12wpm copy. Dont let anybody tell you that learning CW does not take a lot of dedicated practice... because it does. I really do love working CW. The DX is far momre interesting (and easier to get) than the phone portions of the band. Digital is cool, but it is not as widley used as CW. Anytime you want to practice, drop me a PM and I'll fire up the rig. Your signals from your QTH always funnel into New Orleans quite nicely.

-Bru
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good post, homie.

got myself the same Bencher paddle for $45. have been practicing myself. makes the brain hurt a bit, but figure it's a good hurt, & means the neurons are growing in there, i think.
Link Posted: 4/25/2014 7:26:12 PM EDT


"built" this one this week. (really easy "kit")

Now I just need to learn how to use it....

....and find time to go by radio shack to buy a 1/4" stereo plug.
Link Posted: 4/25/2014 9:16:32 PM EDT
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http://www.ar15.com/media/viewFile.html?i=63246

"built" this one this week. (really easy "kit")

Now I just need to learn how to use it....

....and find time to go by radio shack to buy a 1/4" stereo plug.
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On those it is best to take a razor blade and scrape all the sharp corners
(all the corners) it slightly rounds them and gives it a much more finished feel.

Link Posted: 4/26/2014 7:46:22 AM EDT
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"built" this one this week. (really easy "kit")

Now I just need to learn how to use it....

....and find time to go by radio shack to buy a 1/4" stereo plug.
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What kit is it?
Link Posted: 4/26/2014 7:57:21 AM EDT
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What kit is it?
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Originally Posted By pilotman:
http://www.ar15.com/media/viewFile.html?i=63246

"built" this one this week. (really easy "kit")

Now I just need to learn how to use it....

....and find time to go by radio shack to buy a 1/4" stereo plug.


What kit is it?

Kent TP-1. It is available assembled or as a kit.

http://www.kent-engineers.com/twinkit.htm

http://valleyhamshack.com/accessories?product_id=60


Congrats on the Bencher and getting into CW. I'm still learning as well. Building my speed...I still get lost if things go too fast, but working the DX pileup a came fairly easy once I learned the format.
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Originally Posted By raysheen:

Kent TP-1. It is available assembled or as a kit.

http://www.kent-engineers.com/twinkit.htm

http://valleyhamshack.com/accessories?product_id=60
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Originally Posted By raysheen:
Originally Posted By DirtNasty:
Originally Posted By pilotman:
http://www.ar15.com/media/viewFile.html?i=63246

"built" this one this week. (really easy "kit")

Now I just need to learn how to use it....

....and find time to go by radio shack to buy a 1/4" stereo plug.


What kit is it?

Kent TP-1. It is available assembled or as a kit.

http://www.kent-engineers.com/twinkit.htm

http://valleyhamshack.com/accessories?product_id=60


That's it exactly. Valley ham shack was on the ball with shipping too.... ordered Sunday night and had it Wednesday.
Link Posted: 4/26/2014 11:32:16 AM EDT
I'll say this... I've been playing around with my new key for a little today using my rig as a practice oscillator (hint: on many rigs you can turn the "break in" feature off and you will not transmit, effectively making your radio a practice keyer/oscillator) and it has really helped me get past some character confusion. A and N no longer confuse me

I also believe I made the right decision to go with paddles vs a straight key.

This experience goes against everything I have heard about code practice... ever. Traditional wisdom is that you should never practice sending until you can receive well... and a straight key is the way to go. I guess everyone is different, or maybe I'm screwing myself in the short term and will have a different opinion later...
Link Posted: 4/26/2014 11:40:40 AM EDT
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Yep, I think you will like it.

If it weren't for CW, I wouldn't have diddly-squat for DX. I think it is by far the most productive way to work distant stations. And it does pretty well domestically, too. I now have about 165 QSOs with the W1AW/P stations, thanks to CW.
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