My morse code keys and paddles

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My morse code keys and paddles

I bought my first morse code key when I was learning morse code. It was a cheap key on a plastic base but it worked fine. I built it into a practice oscillator and it got a lot of use as I proceeded towards my morse code exam.hamradio7_files/Practice_key_1.jpg
Once I had passed my morse code exam I bought a better brass key. It came mounted on a cut-down tile and also worked well. This was my only on-the-air key for several years.hamradio7_files/Practice_key_2.jpg
In 2006, when Art, VE1EP, gave me his Elecraft K2, he also gave me a morse code key and paddle dual-mounted on a piece of wood. The key is a Signal Electric Navy key. The paddle is built of aluminum but has no manufacturer’s name on it. If you recognize it, let me know.hamradio7_files/Practice_key_3.jpg
This is a home-brew paddle that I made from a leaf-switch. I have not yet been on the air with a paddle but I built this one so that I could practice using one.hamradio7_files/Practice_key_4.jpg
Click on any photo to see a larger version with additional information.hamradio7_files/Practice_key_5.jpg

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