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Thread: Streight key practicing

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Posted: 2019-08-19 12:50
I've started practicing in using the straight key (I've connected it to the mouse) but I find it difficult.
I'm not sure if the key is properly adjusted.
Any (practical) tips?

Posted: 2019-08-19 17:45
I can't picture it. If you are using a mouse button as the key it will be difficult to send.

A normal key would have contact spacing, spring tension, and hopefully bearing play adjustment.

Posted: 2019-08-19 21:34
If you are talking about adjusting the keyer contact spacing and spring tension,
you could try closing the contacts with the adjuster
and then
slackening them off until you have a gap which is close enough for you to close the contacts without much effort, but wide enough that you can feel movement.

Then change the spring tension until you feel a bit of resistance.

Probably you will feel happy with your choice for a day or so, then you will get tired of it and start again and choose another setting.

This iterative process will continue for some weeks until you get fed up adjusting the thing, and settle for a compromise.


Posted: 2019-08-20 09:29
@K1HMS - Hamilton
I have a Hi-Mound straight key connected to the PC's mouse. So when I click the key is like clicking the left mouse button.

@ cb - Chris
What is this adjuster? Is something I can buy?

Posted: 2019-08-20 21:57

In the case of the Hi-mound I am referring to the two screw adjusters on top of the key arm.

You must have used them already ??

Try this video . .


Posted: 2019-08-22 10:37
I didn't touch those screws.
I didn't know what to do.
Thank you for the video. I'll try it.

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