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Good morning all.

Looking for some help advice.

Since 1969 i have always used a straight key (Marconi 365). I am having problems with my right wrist and the use of a straight key is becoming damn painful after only a few minutes.

i have tried a twin paddle and it just does not make sense to me, i can send many things on a twin paddle alas none of it is CW lol.

So i am going to try a Single Paddle, so can anyone reccomend a decent key.

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I use the standard Kent single. It's much better than their straight keys IMHO.
It has a good firm definite feel to it, keeps its setting, and has the 'trad' brass look which you might prefer (as an ex Brasspounder).

Also, I use a mode 'A' (non-memory) keyer, which doesn't introduce mistakes of its own. :)

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Roll your own,

http://hamradioireland.blogspot.ie/2015 ... e.html?m=1

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I could never really get on with twin paddles, I've got a nice Begali but being a twin I still make mistakes. My favourite keys are either the Kent SP1 with the modified finger piece, the plastic replaced with a wooden one, that feels very nice to use, or my home brew one made out of an old Bencher Hex twin paddle, which was really horrible to use, it's just a bit of double sided PCB between two contacts, I'm using that one at the moment.

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I use a hi mound Mk701 single paddle, very easy to use, the main problem for hi mound is their inconsistent use of model numbers
a MK701 is now a twin paddle apparently, the singles come up on ebay occasionally but they ask silly prices for them.

Btw twin paddles seem like the devils spawn to me, cant send diddly squat with one and iambic is anyones guess at what was sent.

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I'm an awkward bugger. I learned to send the wrong way round i.e. thumb is 'dah' and finger is 'dit'. My keyer hasn't got a L-R button, so I cross-wired the key. :)

Love the wooden paddle btw. That's classy. Can you buy them or is it a 'one off'.

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It's a one off Chris, it's just a bit of oak floorboard I cut to shape and sandpapered it and gave it a coat of varnish.

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