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Old 5th February 2018, 16:07
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Bad Morse stems from the operator, not the key.
Dead right Bob.

The best amateur fist I hear is Tony G3ZRJ, ex GKA. His straight key, bug or electronic keyer all sound practically the same. You can tell if it's not a keyer because of the occasional di daaaah dit giving a "roger."
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Old 9th February 2018, 23:17
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I must have! After the next ad break the same thing happened. The first time I heard it, rewound to make sure I was'nt "just hearing things".
OK Jim, for some reason I decided to give 'Jamestown' series two a look tonight on Sky One. (Normally a channel a bit like Channel 5, or the Daily Mail, or the Beano ... no come to think of it, that's unfair, the Beano was ok.)

Sure enough I too heard the dit dit dit, dah dit dah, dah dit dah dah at the the breaks. ... with a key gap that sounded like the big ends knocking on a BSA A10, (which I've had experience with.)

So I take it back, you did hear it ... well I did anyway (although I had drunk a couple of bottles of tequila flavoured beer.)

As for Jamestown ..... think of Eastenders in Virginia in the 17th century and you'll get the idea.

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Old 10th February 2018, 18:54
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I remember in the days of Medium Wave Radio 4 listening to DAN's traffic list in the background during the evening news whilst eating my tea.
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Old 10th February 2018, 19:14
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Another time going up the M1 in the mid 70's after spending a few nights touring around the south coast in a Reliant Robin (bike licence only) as I approached the M6 Junction I had the radio on to keep me awake and I suddenly heard loud and clear:

DE GKB

I thought: I've finally cracked. It's the basket weaving farm and the infinite traffic list for me ...

It went away, and I assumed I'd imagined it, and busied myself prepping for the M6 (which was a nightmare even back then.)

Years later I read that Portishead had some transmitters up by Rugby, and I figured that's what I'd heard breaking through.

I'm dreading turning up to the Pearly Gates to find I've got got QRY 42 ... (to the power of 42.)
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Another time going up the M1 in the mid 70's after spending a few nights touring around the south coast in a Reliant Robin (bike licence only) as I approached the M6 Junction I had the radio on to keep me awake and I suddenly heard loud and clear:

DE GKB

I thought: I've finally cracked. It's the basket weaving farm and the infinite traffic list for me ...

It went away, and I assumed I'd imagined it, and busied myself prepping for the M6 (which was a nightmare even back then.)

Years later I read that Portishead had some transmitters up by Rugby, and I figured that's what I'd heard breaking through.

I'm dreading turning up to the Pearly Gates to find I've got got QRY 42 ... (to the power of 42.)
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Old 11th February 2018, 10:30
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As a jnr sparks, my senior had a single paddle electronic key. He could rattle away at a good speed on it, and I used to practice on it.
I subsequently bought myself the ELkey twin paddle electronic key with its 'squeeze' facility.
I met-up with my old senior and showed him my key. He had a go on it but kept making mistakes. With his single key, his timing didn't need to be 100% because the electronics set the timing of the dot and dash. With my two paddle set, if you came in too early on the second paddle, the 'squeeze' facility kicked in. It took him a few minutes to adjust his keying to get good copy, didn't think he could master the squeeze key side!
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Old 8th June 2018, 00:40
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My R/O training was at SE Essex Tech College, 1962 to 1964 - we were the guinea pigs, the first course ever run there. Our CW tutor was a big jolly guy ex GKA called Percy something, can't remember. A room with about 20 booths, 365 key and a pair of SG Brown Type "F" headphones. Percy would send us the front page of the Daily Mail for us to receive, then we had to send it back - no sidetone, just the mechanical key clicks. Percy could listen to any individual and later give his criticism. At the end of the first year we got a new tutor, a retired guy from PCH, Hank Bondermaker. He did the same as Percy, but he sent the Daily Telegraph! After we sent back our received signal, Hank exclaimed "You all sound like Percy!" - pretty soon we had a Creed reperf machine which of course sent perfect morse and we learnt to send along with the reperf signal.
Unfortunately I don't have a 365B, but I have an Amplidan which is a beautiful key, nice and bouncy - a "Key, Morse, Type D, 10A/7373" which I suspect was made by Marconi and a Vibroplex which I haven't got my head around despite hours of practice!
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Hi Martin

My experience is very similar to yours, but several years later, 1977-79 at Brunel Tech in Bristol. The trainers used newspapers and Creed. Sometimes it was mixed in with some QRN from a real AR88 receiver. No sidetone either when we sent.
I had a Marconi 365B but gave it to a ham in Australia (VK6GX) recently as a gift, together with the Amplidan which you mentioned. I have kept an RAF Type D on my shelf which in turn was a gift from a fellow ham so I won't give that one away.
I use bug keys on the air exclusively now. The favourite is the exotic Alberto Frattini magnetic hand-made in Italy, but there are few CW operators on the bands these days, due mainly to poor propagation, but also I fear to dwindling numbers of operators.

Keep pounding that brass

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