Tom, I think you are heading in the right direction.
You have most of what you need with the OMNI V.
I can't recommend many keyers as I have always used MFJ
with good results. You might want to start with a hand key then
go to a keyer later.But if you want to learn CW, put the microphone
in the closet!
From: Tom Scott <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: 'Ten-Tec Users Reflector' <email@example.com>
Date: Wednesday, December 16, 1998 5:32 PM
Subject: [TenTec] RE: Equipment recomendations for CW gear?
>I'm looking for a some advice on a CW key/keyer. I am a new no-code ham
>studying hard to get my Technician+ and then General. Just to give you an
>idea of my other gear, I am setting up a Ten-Tec Omni V station; still
>putting together antennas and other gear. Just ordered a mint condition
>Johnson 275W Matchbox yesterday from Surplus Sales in Nebraska. I'm putting
>up an 80m dipole (that unfortunately has to be bent pretty severely to fit
>our space), and an 80m end-fed Zepp, both fed with ladder line from the
>Matchbox. I think the next logical piece of equipment I need to think about
>is something for CW.
>I've heard lots of passing discussion about different brands, visited a
>number of web sites devoted to CW, but still have only the vaguest notion
>what matters and what the differences are between different keys/keyers. I
>am seeing opportunities to pick up second hand CW gear from sources like
>Steve Ellington's liquidation of his station the other day, but I don't
>any idea where I should start.
>I suppose its too early for me to know how interested I'm going to become
>CW. To be completely honest, right now it still feels a bit like an
>to getting HF phone privileges, but I do want to give it a serious try. My
>dad's a ham and an elderly retired engineer, living 900 miles away and
>already planning to exchange CW. The other factor is that I'm trying to
>interest my two boys in amateur radio and CW so they will get licenses, so
>I'd like them to try their hand at it as well.
>So with all the collected CW experience and enthusiasm in this group, can
>some of you give me a recommendation as to equipment I should get for CW?
>Maybe a brief background on what the important features differences are
>between various pieces of gear. I'd rather buy good quality equipment
>hand than cheap stuff new. I need to know brands and models to look for,
>some price ranges that are reasonable. I'd also be interested in some
>subjective judgements as to how much quality is worthwhile to someone at my
>level, and how much is going to be "gilding the lilly" as it were, again in
>terms of brands and models.
>Thanks very much!
>Tom Scott - Wyle Electronics - KD7DMH
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