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Re: Cricket long jump...

Frank Artieta
 

I too must blow the dust off my cricket :)
 I recently built and installed the upgrade on my by you jumper I've been trying to wear it out :)
This Qrp and qrpp is fun :)


On Sun, Feb 4, 2018 at 1:34 PM WA0ITP <wa0itp@...> wrote:
Congrats Curt, FB jump!
72 WAØITP
I love this radio stuff.
Back to the bench, Winter is too valuable to waste.
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On 2/4/2018 12:58 PM, Curt wrote:
This morning from 1150-1240Z had three QSOs on colorburst frequency with the Cricket 80A putting out 0.6W into an 80M dipole up about 50 feet.  The first was to VA, 990miles away, the last was to AZ more than 1000 miles away.  Longest jump for cricket from this QTH.  Both contacts were running QRP, full gallon not <1W and not using Crickets.

72, Curt KB5JO ( Cricketeer #005 )


Re: Cricket long jump...

WA0ITP
 

Congrats Curt, FB jump!
72 WAØITP
I love this radio stuff.
Back to the bench, Winter is too valuable to waste.
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com
On 2/4/2018 12:58 PM, Curt wrote:

This morning from 1150-1240Z had three QSOs on colorburst frequency with the Cricket 80A putting out 0.6W into an 80M dipole up about 50 feet.  The first was to VA, 990miles away, the last was to AZ more than 1000 miles away.  Longest jump for cricket from this QTH.  Both contacts were running QRP, full gallon not <1W and not using Crickets.

72, Curt KB5JO ( Cricketeer #005 )


Re: Cricket long jump...

Jeff, K9JP
 

Congratulations Curt!

I will bring my Cricket back up from the basement a give that time period a try. 
I am almost always awake at that time reading email or news on the web.
I need to listen more.

72, Jeff K9JP  (Cricketeer #009)

On Sun, Feb 4, 2018 at 1:58 PM, Curt <rhulett1@...> wrote:
This morning from 1150-1240Z had three QSOs on colorburst frequency with the Cricket 80A putting out 0.6W into an 80M dipole up about 50 feet.  The first was to VA, 990miles away, the last was to AZ more than 1000 miles away.  Longest jump for cricket from this QTH.  Both contacts were running QRP, full gallon not <1W and not using Crickets.

72, Curt KB5JO ( Cricketeer #005 )




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Not all of me will die - - - The good I do will live forever.  <><


Favorite keys, paddles?

Jim Lowman
 


I finally made it to Dayton about five years ago, and one of the most fun pa=
rts was visiting the key and paddle vendors: Vibroplex, Begali, Jerry (K8RA=
) and N3ZN. I was fortunate to meet Jerry then, because he passed away the f=
ollowing year.

Out of the collection (which, BTW, I didn't intend to start), my favorites a=
re the Begali Sculpture and the N2DAN Mercury paddles. I bought the Mercury=
during vendor night at the Pacificon QRP gathering back about 2000, before t=
he rights were sold to Bencher.

Probably the one disappointment was a GHD 599DX paddle that I bought through=
MTechnologies. No fault of Marshall Em; it just doesn't feel right and is n=
oisy, and I paid quite a bit for it.

72/73 de Jim - AD6CW






Re: Favorite Paddle, Key?

Martin <huyettmeh@...>
 

My favorite key is a straight key, a WWII Speed-X given to me by a WWII vet (SK) while I lived in Florida. It has a very nice feel but what makes it special is the gentleman who gave it to me! I guess my second favorite straight key would be a homebrew one I made a few years ago. It’s dimensions are patterned off the Speed-X but it’s feel is not as good. I do use it from time to time, but the Speed-X is the favorite for operating.

 

You can see my homebrew key at http://www.huyettm.net/k0bxb.html.

 

I have an MFJ paddle but really prefer the straight key so seldom use it.

 

73

Martin

K0BXB

www.huyettm.net

 

 

 

From: 4SQRP@groups.io [mailto:4SQRP@groups.io] On Behalf Of Chip Stratton
Sent: Sunday, February 04, 2018 1:01 PM
To: 4SQRP@groups.io
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] Favorite Paddle, Key?

 

Bought a NOS Chinese army straight key, but hated it. Have a Junkers DBGM and a Navy Flameproof. Like them both very much. For paddles, a Kent single lever, a Morse Express Bushwhacker single lever, and a Elecraft (Bencher) Hex Key. I like the Hex key and use it the most. The Kent is fine too, the Bushwhacker not as good for me.

 

Portable use, I have a Palm Portable Key (PPK) straight key and a N0SP SSP mini paddle, both of which I like. I mount them interchangeably to a piece of clear acrylic using 3M Dual Lock. The acrylic makes it easier to stabilize the key on my lap when portable, and the Dual Lock provides a fairly rigid mount to the acrylic - more so than Velcro would.

 

Chip

AE5KA

 

On Sun, Feb 4, 2018 at 10:55 AM, Chuck Carpenter <w5usj@...> wrote:

My fixed-station paddle is a March R-3A; portable paddle is a Vibroplex Code Warrior.  Also have a Mini Paddle I often use for testing at the bench.  I've had a couple of Vibroplex bugs and still have a J-38 bought in 1955.

My favorite electronic keyer is the PK-4 from Jackson Harbor.  I've also used several others from JH including the popular NorCal keyer.
--
Chuck Carpenter, W5USJ
EM22cv Rains County, TX

 


Re: Favorite Paddle, Key?

Chip Stratton AE5KA
 

Bought a NOS Chinese army straight key, but hated it. Have a Junkers DBGM and a Navy Flameproof. Like them both very much. For paddles, a Kent single lever, a Morse Express Bushwhacker single lever, and a Elecraft (Bencher) Hex Key. I like the Hex key and use it the most. The Kent is fine too, the Bushwhacker not as good for me.

Portable use, I have a Palm Portable Key (PPK) straight key and a N0SP SSP mini paddle, both of which I like. I mount them interchangeably to a piece of clear acrylic using 3M Dual Lock. The acrylic makes it easier to stabilize the key on my lap when portable, and the Dual Lock provides a fairly rigid mount to the acrylic - more so than Velcro would.

Chip
AE5KA

On Sun, Feb 4, 2018 at 10:55 AM, Chuck Carpenter <w5usj@...> wrote:
My fixed-station paddle is a March R-3A; portable paddle is a Vibroplex Code Warrior.  Also have a Mini Paddle I often use for testing at the bench.  I've had a couple of Vibroplex bugs and still have a J-38 bought in 1955.

My favorite electronic keyer is the PK-4 from Jackson Harbor.  I've also used several others from JH including the popular NorCal keyer.
--
Chuck Carpenter, W5USJ
EM22cv Rains County, TX



Cricket long jump...

Curt
 

This morning from 1150-1240Z had three QSOs on colorburst frequency with the Cricket 80A putting out 0.6W into an 80M dipole up about 50 feet.  The first was to VA, 990miles away, the last was to AZ more than 1000 miles away.  Longest jump for cricket from this QTH.  Both contacts were running QRP, full gallon not <1W and not using Crickets.

72, Curt KB5JO ( Cricketeer #005 )


Re: Favorite Paddle, Key?

Chuck Carpenter
 

My fixed-station paddle is a March R-3A; portable paddle is a Vibroplex Code Warrior.  Also have a Mini Paddle I often use for testing at the bench.  I've had a couple of Vibroplex bugs and still have a J-38 bought in 1955.

My favorite electronic keyer is the PK-4 from Jackson Harbor.  I've also used several others from JH including the popular NorCal keyer.
--
Chuck Carpenter, W5USJ
EM22cv Rains County, TX


Re: Favorite Paddle, Key?

K8MEG <k8meg@...>
 

My key collection is dwindling. I have given too many away. Straight key favorites JH Bunnell J-38 style and my novice J-38. On my desk is a Bunnel fame proof. Several other keys including a few flame proofs, CT Asia, HK-705, J-5, etc. On my desk is a Blue Racer bug,  My 1950's Vibroplex Original bug and a couple more bugs in storage. My on my desk paddle is the Begali Simplex Basic. I like the K8RA P-6, but profile a little big for my desk. I have a Cedar Rapid Paddle that is unique, but I have never used it, I know I have at least 2 more paddles somewhere.

My least used and not my favorite is the Amplidan 50713. Just too big for my operating position.

72,
Rich

PS
Another snow day with falling temps! We've had too many of these already. People forget how to drive in them from
one snow storm to the next. This is Michigan, not Georgia.


Re: Favorite Paddle, Key?

Kurt Zimmerman
 

I have 3 different paddles that I use and consider as my favorite. First of which is my Vibroplex side swiper with Crome base. Being the nostalgia person I am I love this key because it reminds me of the daysI sat on my Grandfather’s lap as he played radio. His Vibroplex had a grey base. My next go to key is my old Bencher paddle. It was my first key I used for over 10 years. It is used on my QRP rigs.  Finally my third key is my Palm Radio mini key. Use it in a mobile installation for a number of years. It has a very nice touch. It is used on my QCX/20. 
73
Kurt -W2MW 

6s

On Feb 4, 2018, at 7:13 AM, Michael McEwen <michael.t.mcewen@...> wrote:

I'm not very good at CW due to an Army injury nerve disability.  I have an old J-38 on which I first practiced. It's a good solid straight key.  Because of my limitations I decided to try a sideswipper. Got a Whiterook "mini" model and even with it's size limitations it is very easy for me.  I'm ready to look for a full size.
Guess the best plan is find what works best for you.
K5OSA, Doc


Re: Favorite Paddle, Key?

Mlike McEwen
 

I'm not very good at CW due to an Army injury nerve disability.  I have an old J-38 on which I first practiced. It's a good solid straight key.  Because of my limitations I decided to try a sideswipper. Got a Whiterook "mini" model and even with it's size limitations it is very easy for me.  I'm ready to look for a full size.
Guess the best plan is find what works best for you.
K5OSA, Doc


Re: Favorite Paddle, Key?

Louis Axeman <n8la@...>
 

I own quite a few hand keys, bugs, dual paddles, and single paddles: too many to mention, but I will relate a story about one of my hand keys.  Attached to my KX-3 is a $300 Begali Adventure.  I hardly use it even though it is superb.  In the 2015 ARRL DX CW Contest, with the KX-3 and attached Adventure, I used a hand key I have named TOCK.  The name is an acronym for Tricked Out Crappier Key.  It is a successor to my Tricked Out Crappy Key.  The crappier version has a plastic base with a hunk broken out of the back, a U shaped piece of metal to hold the lever, a ballpoint pen spring, and a knob that attaches to a headless screw that, in turn, attaches them both to the lever.  With this setup, I won Midwest Division Single Operator QRP in the 2015 ARRL DX CW Contest!

72,
Lou, N8LA/QRP (mostly)


On ‎Saturday‎, ‎February‎ ‎3‎, ‎2018‎ ‎09‎:‎07‎:‎24‎ ‎PM‎ ‎CST, Cliff Fox (KU4GW) <cliffku4gw@...> wrote:


I only own one paddle now, a single lever Vibroplex Deluxe Vibrokeyer that was left to me in the will of W4CUX Bill Worley of Alpharetta, GA when Bill passed away December 29, 2012 from pancreatic cancer. Bill and I worked a weekly 80 meter sked for almost 4 years prior to him getting sick. We got to be really great friends over all the QSOs we had and I still miss him. Bill also willed me a Hendricks PFR-3A 3 band QRP rig he built from a kit with attached W5JH Baby Black Widow paddles and a 10 watt SMT resistive dummy load. I gave away my old MFJ-564 paddle and had a K8RA P2 paddle for a while, but never really liked it all that well. 

As far as straight keys I've owned quiet a few, but my J.H. Bunnell Navy Flameproof I bought from NOS (New Old Stock) from the J.H. Bunnell Company is my most favorite. I had a Begali Camelback for a while I liked the best, but after mounting the Navy Flameproof on a 1/2 inch (1.27 Centimeters) thick steel base that W4CUX Bill made me in his machine shop it completely changed the feel of the Navy key for the better! It was like a totally different key altogether after mounting it on the steel base! I liked it so much better I sold the Begali Camelback because I never used it anymore. Over the past 20 years I've also owned a Lionel J-38, a J-37 Mae West, a U.S. Army J-5-A, a Bulgarian Military "Coffin" key, and a German Junker. I liked all of them, but none as well as the Navy Flameproof. Below are a few photos of a few of the keys I've owned and the three I still have. I only have two straight keys now, the Navy Flameproof and a Czech Army key I picked up for $25 at the 2013 Dayton Hamvention. It was a NOS key also still in the box and wrapped with some type of light brown paper. W4KRN Karen was selling them and she had a slew of them at the time! I'm partial to straight keys with enclosed contacts because they don't need the contacts cleaned and they're a lot quieter. I use to wake my wife up in the wee hours, God rest her soul, with the loud clicking the Begali Camelback made, but never with either of the keys with enclosed contacts. 
 
 
  
  
That's about it from here. I would like to comment that, for the price, MFJ-564 is a very good key and is pretty much a copy of a Bencher BY-2. The only difference is on the BY-2 the part behind the paddles the spring hooks to is round, but on the MFJ-546 that part is square in shape. The difference in price is huge! 

Very 72/73!
Cliff - KU4GW
4SQRP # 536


Re: Favorite Paddle, Key?

Cliff Fox (KU4GW)
 

I only own one paddle now, a single lever Vibroplex Deluxe Vibrokeyer that was left to me in the will of W4CUX Bill Worley of Alpharetta, GA when Bill passed away December 29, 2012 from pancreatic cancer. Bill and I worked a weekly 80 meter sked for almost 4 years prior to him getting sick. We got to be really great friends over all the QSOs we had and I still miss him. Bill also willed me a Hendricks PFR-3A 3 band QRP rig he built from a kit with attached W5JH Baby Black Widow paddles and a 10 watt SMT resistive dummy load. I gave away my old MFJ-564 paddle and had a K8RA P2 paddle for a while, but never really liked it all that well. 

As far as straight keys I've owned quiet a few, but my J.H. Bunnell Navy Flameproof I bought from NOS (New Old Stock) from the J.H. Bunnell Company is my most favorite. I had a Begali Camelback for a while I liked the best, but after mounting the Navy Flameproof on a 1/2 inch (1.27 Centimeters) thick steel base that W4CUX Bill made me in his machine shop it completely changed the feel of the Navy key for the better! It was like a totally different key altogether after mounting it on the steel base! I liked it so much better I sold the Begali Camelback because I never used it anymore. Over the past 20 years I've also owned a Lionel J-38, a J-37 Mae West, a U.S. Army J-5-A, a Bulgarian Military "Coffin" key, and a German Junker. I liked all of them, but none as well as the Navy Flameproof. Below are a few photos of a few of the keys I've owned and the three I still have. I only have two straight keys now, the Navy Flameproof and a Czech Army key I picked up for $25 at the 2013 Dayton Hamvention. It was a NOS key also still in the box and wrapped with some type of light brown paper. W4KRN Karen was selling them and she had a slew of them at the time! I'm partial to straight keys with enclosed contacts because they don't need the contacts cleaned and they're a lot quieter. I use to wake my wife up in the wee hours, God rest her soul, with the loud clicking the Begali Camelback made, but never with either of the keys with enclosed contacts. 
 
 
  
  
That's about it from here. I would like to comment that, for the price, MFJ-564 is a very good key and is pretty much a copy of a Bencher BY-2. The only difference is on the BY-2 the part behind the paddles the spring hooks to is round, but on the MFJ-546 that part is square in shape. The difference in price is huge! 

Very 72/73!
Cliff - KU4GW
4SQRP # 536


Rare Winslow J-38

Ed Redwine
 

When I liquidated my J-38 collection, I reserved a rare Winslow J-38 in excellent condition. Noted J-38 expert K6IX once told me this key is very rare. He only knew of 7 in existance.
   For you straight key fans and collectors , I am thinking of letting this key go.
  Would like to know if there is any interest in this key.
   The price will be markedly higher than the prolific Lionel and ARC's. I haven't determined a price for it yet.
   During the war, there were about 19 manufacturers of the J-38.
  I still use the old beat up J-38 I had as a novice in '56.
   Contact me off group at k5erj@....
Ed- Kansas



Winslow J-38

Ed Redwine
 

When I liquidated my J-38 collection, I reserved a rare Winslow J-38 in excellent condition. Noted J-38 expert K6IX once told me this key is very rare. He only knew of 7 in existance.
   For you straight key fans, I am thinking of letting this key go.
  Would be interested to know if there is any interest in this key.
   The price will be markedly higher than the prolific Lionel and ARC's. I haven't determined a price for it yet.
   During the war, there were about 19 manufacturers of the J-38.
  .I still use the old beat up J-38 I had as a novice in '56.
   Contact me off group at k5erj@....
Ed- Kansas


Re: Favorite Paddle, Key?

Tom Sevart
 

I've got a few, but my favorites probably are the Bencher BY-1's, my paddles built by N5DRB, and my touch paddle keyer.

I only have three straight keys, a SpeedX, a Japanese ball bearing key, and an antique Bunnell telegraph key. All of them are great, though I don't use a straight key much any more.

--
Tom Sevart N2UHC
St. Paul, KS


Re: Favorite Paddle, Key?

K4EQ
 

Like others, I've had several paddles and straight keys through the years, but my favorite is the TP4 paddle made by Larry, N0SA, which I bought in 2010. It's a gem!

Dale, K4EQ


Re: Favorite Paddle, Key?

Paul Smith
 

I have enjoyed the reading of paddles and keys. I would not thought I was a collector but after opening my keyboard drawer IU fine a BUNCH of keys and paddles. I have and do use them all but currently I am pounding brass with a Begali Spark that my son Richard bought me for my birthday. 

I have a Bencher paddle like about everybody. Richard made off with it and my Bencher straight key. I have a Kent double paddle that feels very nice. I have the Haigwood Black widow and Scqrpion paddles and use them some. My favorite paddle is a single lever paddle  bought at Ozarkcon. I was built by a plumber so I love it. The supports are faucet stems and the lever is a toilet trip lever. All of the screws involved are brass bibb screws. Just the perfect key for a retired plumber. I also have a couple bugs and a very nice LTA  SKCC key the a VERY good ham friend sold to me. I have about wrote a book so I will ride along and read others de Paul N0NBD

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Re: Favorite Paddle, Key?

 

For paddles, which I don't use much, I have a sent of Kent paddles
bought back in the early '90s. They replaced a set of chrome based
Bencher paddles that I didn't like at all. I definitely have different
tensions on the thumb and finger sides which couldn't be done reliably
with the Bencher.

Some years back I bought a W6AME Bushwacker single paddle that I still
have but is in the drawer. Even at their closest spacing, the levers
have a lot of play.

For a straight key, I have a Speed-X that I bought some years ago and
cleaned up. I also have a couple of J-38 keys and another military key
that I don't use much. The other military key is cabled up for the
Bayou Jumper.

I've not tried many more than that so I'm not very knowledgeable about
keys!

72, Nate

--

"The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all
possible worlds. The pessimist fears this is true."

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Re: Favorite Paddle, Key?

Donald Sanders
 

I have used many keys over the 60+ years of being a ham. 
While I have enjoyed several, I have kept my Lionel J38 and my Bencher paddle.
I lost two Vibroplex bugs, one was a gift from my Elmer back in 1955.
Someday I would like another original bug as I do miss using the bug.
Owning and using a key is like owning an automobile or motorbike/cycle.
Certainly a personalized liking and fortunately there are a large assortment to chose from

Dr. Don W4BWS

Ego is the anesthesia that deadens the pain of stupidity.



On Sat, Feb 3, 2018 at 4:54 PM, n5ib_2 <n5ib@...> wrote:
Far and away my favorite is a Brown Bros. CTL-B(a) straight key and paddles combo
Now this key is unique, hence the '(a)'  - there is not another one like in on the planet - you'll notice the arm of the straight key is solid brass, not the silver colored material of the original. I bought it from someone who was selling it to another party, and the key was damaged in transit - arm snapped clean in two. The intended buyer didn't want it, and it was offered to me as-is as the second responder.

A master machinist in our shop fashioned a replacement for me, milled from a solid block of brass.

This is my second CTL-B. The first I bought new and sold a decade later, confirming the proverb "A fool and his key are soon separated." Fast forward another decade until this one came into my life.

Others of my keys are at  <http://www.qsl.net/n/n5ib//Morse_Keys/>  most I still have, a couple have been sold off.

Jim, N5IB




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