After years (too many) trying to manage my Bencher BY-1 at speeds of 50 wpm and above I realize that although the key is a good all around workhorse for general "average speed" use, its severely limited (at least for me) as a QRQ device. I'm wondering what the general consensus is on good quality offhore keys e.g. Kent, Schurr Profi etc. for ease of use in QRQ sending? Before I start honing my poor keyboarding skills I thought I'd seek out some opinions on good key choices-----this would be on a cost is not a factor basis!! I know there other high quality keys out there so feel free to mention them........Any ideas greatly appreciated.
Richard (Rick) VE3MFN
I been using a Vibroplex Iambic paddles for 38 years with fair results and bought the GHD Optical thinking it would improve my sending speed over 50 wpm.
I found the Optical limits around 35 wpm. Over that it starts to miss some dots.
I looked over the Kent, Begali etc and found they all use bearings or bushings I do not like.
So I modified my Vibroplex because of the jewel pivots. Nothing can beat a jewel pivot.
After, I moved the spring/screw location 7/16 toward the pivots. Now the springs can work properly and after I soldered gold contacts on all four.
Now I cannot recognise the paddle and feather touch and can work up to 60 wpm very easily. The rig keyer top speed. It is worth a try
73 Gil VE2ENB
Hello to all QRQCW members.
I read that many CW oprs can work up to 70 or 80 WPM with their paddles.
I am jammed by my rigs keyers with 60 WPM limit.
I would like to buy a keyer with a limit of 70/80 wpm limitation.
I would appreciate information on those fast keyers.
I am now using my modified Vibroplex twin paddles with pleasure.
Thanks for reading
73 Gil VE2ENB
Gil, I've been prowling the CW subbands for years and I can honestly say I have never heard too many 60wpm QSOs via paddles, so 65 and 70 plus?? I dont know...........By the way, thanks for the tip on the modified Vibroplex and your comments on the Kent and Begali units are interesting,,,,I'll trust your judgement on those and possibly save some money in the process.
Try Island keyer II, the speed goes up to 70 WPM, but if you ask Chuck WB9KZY
he will custom program the chip for you to 80WPM.
I also use this keyer, and I love it.
Take a look here
73 de Imi HA7AP
BTW....a friend of mine, Simon HA5IW builds keyers which is really fast.
The keyer speed is goes up to 100 WPM.
Already assembled, and ready for rock and roll :-)
73 Imi HA7AP
Your custom modifications on your Vibroplex are very interesting.
Have you made a video for youtube where you talk about your mods
and demonstrate the speed enhancements ?
No I hase no video on Youtube, but i can send you a bigger picture an infos to modify your Vibroplex Iambic with pleasure.
After the mod you will not recognise your paddle.
Only need a dril and tap so you can use the same screws.
I cut little oiece of gold 10k fron and old ring with a dremel and soldered it on the silver contacts.
You have to dress the 4 contact again and adjust the vertical pivots to ''O'+' and the job is done.
Also need to install 2 bypass wires to cancel the condutivity by the springs set by the Company.
Please send me a feedback. It will be appreciated.
Good luck and
73 from Gil