[CQ-Contest] Non-Iambic keyers???

James Neiger n6tj at sbcglobal.net
Mon Dec 2 20:57:20 EST 2002


After sending with my right hand for 25 years, with a single lever paddle,
an entrapped nerve in my right arm, forced me in 1980 to learn a new way, or
give up CW altogether.

  So, over the course of a month, I learned to send left-handed.  My
Ascension Island compatriot, Glenn K6NA/ZD8A, said at the time, "Jim, if
you're going to learn left-handed, why not learn squeeze at the same time".
So, I bought a Bencher, and its now been left-handed iambic for the past 22
years.  The conversion was really easy and "starting over" with the lefty,
make squeeze feel very natural.

Give it a try, you'll like it.

Jim N6TJ

----- Original Message -----
From: "Dallas Carter" <ludal at dmv.com>
To: <cq-contest at contesting.com>; "Bud Hippisley, K2KIR" <k2kir at telenet.net>
Sent: Monday, December 02, 2002 5:59 AM
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Non-Iambic keyers???

> Hi Bud,
> For one, I have never been able to send with an Iambic paddle.
> Some would say that I can't send with a straight paddle either,
> but that's for another thread.
> When I was in Thailand, a friend made for me a gold plated
> bencher clone with my name and Thai call embossed on the top.
> It's a really cool paddle, and a treasure, but I couldn't send with
> it.  I fashioned a paddle handle out of a piece of 1/2 inch plexiglass
> and shaved it down to fit between the two iambic paddle arms.
> With the arms bolted together, it performs like a straight paddle.
> Photo on request..
> 73  Dallas  W3PP
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Bud Hippisley, K2KIR <k2kir at telenet.net>
> To: <cq-contest at contesting.com>
> Sent: Sunday, December 01, 2002 6:40 PM
> Subject: [CQ-Contest] Non-Iambic keyers???
> > Does anyone know of any currently available electronic keyers that allow
> the operator to choose something other than an iambic algorithm?
> >
> > In particular, I'm interested in keyers that, when used with double
> paddles, might implement either "dash override" (as did the old (K2)POO
> Keyer) or "last paddle closed", as in the venerable Ultimatic.
> >
> > I know I'm not the only one who finds iambic a very unfriendly algorithm
> for double paddles, but I'm surprised at the lack of chatter about
> alternatives.
> >
> > Bud, K2KIR
> >
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