You may want to consider the chair arrangement I use. It was born out of
cheapness - chairs that were being thrown away at work - but for me has
worked out great.
I have a swivel chair with no arms. I have mounted the keyboard on a pull
out tray under the desk, which places it just an inch or so above my lap.
With no arms on the chair, I can drop my arms and shoulders in a very
relaxed manner, not fighting to have my elbows resting on a armrest or desktop.
Therefore my neck and shoulders are fully relaxed, my hands and forearms
are raised just a few inches to rest on the front of the keyboard tray. There
is lots of leaning back angle available, so I can recline back to a 45
degree angle if is wish.
I have enough free cable on the various lines to the radio so that I can
pull it forward to place the front panel at the front edge of the desk, just
a few inches above and in front of the keyboard. I have the main paddle (to
a separate keyer) just to the right of the radio, and also a tiny magnetic
base paddle (K9LU Bulldog) attached to a large flat washer that is glued
to the upper right corner of the keyboard (used with the computer software
I can also slide the radio back the normal 18 inches or so from the front
edge of the desk, and operate in the more traditional forearms-on-desk mode.
As pointed out by others, variety in your seating position is a good thing.
You might try avoiding the armrests on the chair, and putting your keyboard
on your lap, to see how things go with relaxed shoulders.
73 - Jim K8MR
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