Upgrading CW: summary


From: laurahal@microsoft.com
Date: Wed Mar 23 1994 - 17:51:08 EST

I'd like to thank everybody who responded to my initial question (bug vs.
paddle). Should others have similar questions, a quick summary:

Bugs have a mystique, but lots of people send really bad code with them. The
usual problem is a bad swing, with 100 WPM machine-gun-like dits and
second-long dahs. If you have the talent for it, you can send very well with
a bug; one suggestion was to find an inexpensive used one at a hamfest, try
it and see. If I didn't like it, it would still be a great conversation
piece/paper weight/bit of character for the shack. *The* name for bugs is of
course Vibroplex. Speed adjustment can be awkward, especially if you only
want to send 15 WPM or so.

Overlooking the utter heresy of keying a Boatanchor with anything solid
state, paddles and a keyer are a good way of sending really clean (albeit
somewhat anonymous) code. The CMOS SuperKeyer II and Curtis chips are both
highly thought of. Keying QRP rigs is not generally an issue, but keying a
Boatanchor that puts 125 volts or more across the key can take some
ingenuity - silicon transistors (be careful with grid-block vs. cathode
keying!), reed/mercury relays and similar technology usually solve the
problem. Bencher paddles are well thought of and people on budgets often
find MFJ's $49 offerings useful.

73 from Burnaby,
laura VE7LDH

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