On 5/26/2010 1:35 AM, Richards wrote:
> Serious Question Dept.
> What should a new operator start out with? Some adamantly recommend a
> straight key (e.g. our friend Dan Romanchick KB6NU) and others
> recommend a paddle and keyer (as do many in the FISTS and other groups.)
> Each camp has its highly qualified and well-intentioned advocates.
> So... What's a mother to do? How does one choose... and if he elects
> to work the paddle-keyer combo, then how does he elect A or B style? I
> cannot find any sort of consensus, and it seems to be a very personal
> decision - but (as in the case of A vs B keyer styles) one does not
> really know what he will like until he know how to do one or the
> other... it is a cart before the horse proposition in a way.
> Single paddle.... double paddle.... straight key... sideswiper... bug...
> iambic... A... B... even C... Sheesh! I suppose it is analogous
> to selecting a word processor - whatever you learned first seems to be
> your favorite. But how to know in advance which to choose?
> Oh... and I like the saying about gentlemen and bagpipes.... ;-)
> ===================== James -K8JHR =========================
In the old days, you had better learn on a straight key because you had
to pass a sending test with the FCC's straight key. It took a medical
exemption to take the sending test any other way.
I think you get more fundamentals worked out with the straight key and I
can change speeds faster and more accurately to match speed of the
station I'm calling with my straight key than anybody can with any other
form of keying short of a really good computer copying program.
73, Jerry, K0CQ
73, Jerry, K0CQ
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