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Offline GM0LVI

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My 'New' NATO straight key
« on: August 20, 2016, 18:50:50 UTC »
I passed my morse test on one of these many years ago but sold it in order to by a twin paddle and I've regretted it ever since. These have a lovely action, the gap is easily adjusted and the spring is a leaf spring.
In the original state the cover acts like a resonator and pumping out morse sounds like a skeleton doing a tango on a tin roof, but strip away the case and innards, mount on a heavy base (white marble here) and one has a very nice straight key.
These are seldom seen on Ebay and when they do come up are usually expensive. I was lucky and found this at a sensible price.

Dave
http://s48.photobucket.com/user/davenlucy/slideshow/NATO%20Key%20Aug%202016
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Re: My 'New' NATO straight key
« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2016, 02:03:37 UTC »
That is a pretty serious Key!
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Re: My 'New' NATO straight key
« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2016, 19:49:32 UTC »
You wouldn't want to drop it on your foot Don - it weighs just over 1kg. Wouldn't want to take it /P either!!
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Re: My 'New' NATO straight key
« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2016, 18:48:43 UTC »
Very nice and very unique.  Something to be said for a heavy solid key.  Nothing worse than a key sliding around the desk.
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