Hi, I am a member of the RSGB#179100, FISTS#1644, G-QRP#8414, CTC#1200, MEGS#104, SKCC#9270, ECWARC#219, CWops#1149, Flying Pigs QRP Club FP#3136, NAQCC#6609, GTC#290, My WAB#SE04, QRA#IO93AV, Also a member of our local radio group the Craven Radio Amateur Group (CRAG). I am also a regular participant in the SideSwiper Net on Sunday Nights, http://www.sideswipernet.org/.Past calls held OX/G4CPA,OY/G4CPA,and GM4CPA (Orkney).I am also a Morse Code instructor for the RSGB GB2CW voluntary service,Hpe cu on the air sn in CW of course,Also Morse key collector,Stamps Collector, Bluesharp player & Guitarist. 2 Border Collies, ABBY & FARNE (with green eyes!!) RIG, IC-7000, ANT G5IJ for HF, + 3 bnd vert for VHF,Qrp rigs fer /p,are HB-1B, 4 band,CW only. & Ft-817 multimode.I am now building homebrew keys from the junk box,here are a few examples: its great fun trying them out. CW is a fundamental part of amateur radio.
This Station is CW only !
Old fashioned design, known as a strap key.
This was my first sideswiper key that i made from junk ,also known as a Cootie key,since this i have made many different types of keys.
This is my latest creation,ingriedients,brass contacts from mains plugs,a broken harmonica,ends off a roller blind,,double sided pcb,springs from old ballpoint pens, elbow grease ! it has a nice smooth action,a joy to use ! the paddles are guitar picks of course ! contacts from old relay!.
This is my Twanger sideswiper made by Tom Withers G3HGE.
A selection of homebrew Cootie's.
73 de Geoff G4CPA.& May the morse be with you !
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