Meet my first Vibroplex.
Decided to upgrade the old Chinese Army straight key. I’ve not owned many keys, but in time perhaps I’ll do a proper review of this gem. I coast along about 16-22WPM and not even close to being a guru on the subject. So I thought I’d just chat about it in “unsorted fun” for a bit.
Here’s a great page to learn about many of the different types of Morse code keys.
I chose another straight-key since I don’t use it “live” often and rarely go over 20WPM. About the max on a straight-key anyway, no? Maybe it’s nostalgia, but I prefer an s/k over any other style I’ve tried. The CW Touch Keyer comes in a close 2nd.
The Vibroplex is like butter compared to the military one I just retired. But, underutilized at the moment. It’ll be connected to an oscillator (practice keyer), not likely to be on the air any time soon. I bang out a paragraph or two a few times a week and convince guests to tap out their name or SOS. (Thus the cheat-sheet you see in the pic above.)
As most of you know by now, I don’t transmit much on HF of recent. I’m more a SWL the past year or so, but the ham ticket gets justified on occasion at other locations. I monitor a lot of utility stations and love to plot signals onto maps. Well, I don’t, the radio, computer and software does, but I help.
Yet I have logged hundreds of CW amateur radio QSOs. Plus the hours I spent in that little green box in the military (Army 05D). My first ham ticket was Tech+ (with code). I don’t hate the mode, I just don’t love it enough to dig in deep. But this key will certainly make my practice more enjoyable. It’s on my bucket-list to nail down the FCC commercial radio Morse code exam/s. This year I expect, but the GMDSS test is first. Got my MP last year.
I hope to enjoy the experience along the way. It’s definitely a “keeper”.
Check out Vibroplex’s selection here.
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73, de k2ncc
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