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Survivalism & Self Sufficiency Topics => The HAM Radio Board => Topic started by: BillFoster on March 08, 2020, 06:37:05 PM

Title: Iambic key
Post by: BillFoster on March 08, 2020, 06:37:05 PM
I am looking at purchasing an iambic key for CW. I was wondering if any of you have any recommendations. Brand names are not important to me, but price is a consideration. A straight key stirs up my carpal tunnel.
Title: Re: Iambic key
Post by: exSun on March 27, 2020, 09:56:56 AM
Assuming you're looking for a key, not a keyer (most rigs have them built in) then Vibroplex and Bencher are the usual choices. Many more are available - for a lot of money. And there are some specialized keys, like those that plug into an Elecraft rig's front panel. But I advise staying away from cheap, gimmick keys. My own (key and keyer) are Nye Viking but they are no longer made and can only be found used.

Chris
Title: Re: Iambic key
Post by: BillFoster on May 05, 2020, 09:03:44 PM
Thanks exSun. Yes, I was looking for a key, my Yeasu has the built-in keyer. I looked at several  and I ended up purchasing a MFJ from Giga. Nothing fancy, I’ll see how it works.
Title: Re: Iambic key
Post by: exSun on May 06, 2020, 07:41:04 AM
Good luck with it! I still fumble with mine every day  :D

One suggestion: pick a mode (A or B) and stick with it. My early keyers were all mode A and I cannot make any use of a mode B keyer.

73

Chris