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[TenTec] Fw: "Pop Top" key

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Subject: [TenTec] Fw: "Pop Top" key
From: n4lq@iglou.com (Steve Ellington)
Date: Tue, 29 Dec 1998 00:07:39 -0500
Since TenTec and CW seem to go hand in hand and because this key was
mentioned to the list I felt it approiate to post the following from N5RLJ

>The N5RLJ "Pop Top" key is a simple yet responsive straight key
>design that can be used with any rig for CW.  It gets its name from the
>most obvious piece, a bottle cap off a Snapple or similar drink.
>These caps have a unique play suitable for CW puposeses.  I can
>send about 10-13 wpm on my Pop Top Key.  They are small, very light
>weight and inexpensive.  My idea was to make something that could
>be used for field day or qrp or while camping or backpacking that
>would not be a big deal to lose - ever leave behind a vibroplex key in
>the woods?  Many of us have!
>I put this together in a little kit with all parts and predrilled holes -
>only need to supply the wire and a phono plug to fit your rig.  I sell
>these kits at hamfests for $5.00.  Of course I do not make money on
>these as they are time consuming to drill the holes and such, but I felt it
>was important to try to preserve an interest in CW with all the no-coders
>coming along and do so in an inexpensive way.  Hopefully I might have
>inspired some to start learning CW.
>I made several kits up and have only about 30 left.  Because it is time
>consuming I don't plan on putting any more kits together, but if there is
>enough demand I will produce the plans and sell those with a parts lists
>for a couple of bucks.  The only thing I need to do for that is make
>some assembly diagrams.
>The kit takes about 20 to 30 minutes to put together and there is only
>one small soldering joint to make (and it doesn't matter if it is made
>I hope this info piques your interest!  If you or anyone you know is
>interested in these, I can send them USPS for an additional $2.00 to
>cover postage and the cost of a padded envelope.  I may be reached
>via this e-mail address or in the call book address.
>David Flake, Employment Specialist
>Hire Intelligence
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