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PostSubject: Morse key or paddle    Morse key or paddle  Icon_minitimeFri Feb 19, 2021 11:22 am

Not been on this group for a while now so hope everyone is managing to cope with the pandemic. Anyway, I have some leave coming up very soon and I have decided I don’t want to waste it like I did the last time due to lockdown restrictions. So this time I have decided to try and learn morse code. So I have read articles and watched YouTube videos on which key or which type of paddle to learn to send with. 
I understand it is probably easier to start with a key but I have also seen that some think it better to try and use a paddle as it sends a clearer message with the dits and dahs. 
I would think it could be better maybe to learn with a paddle as eventually as you get better, you can send more words per minute with them. So advice and recommendations would be helpful thanks.

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PostSubject: Re: Morse key or paddle    Morse key or paddle  Icon_minitimeFri Mar 12, 2021 5:17 pm

Hi markA66...    I am in EXACTLY the same position as you, and I made a similar post to this yesterday! 11-3-21....   I asked the question to an amateur wireless group....     They convinced me start with a key, where I was originally thinking paddle.

Apparently, learning on a key let's you learn the "rythm" of sending Morse etc...   Out of interest, what radio are you using?
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PostSubject: Re: Morse key or paddle    Morse key or paddle  Icon_minitimeSat Mar 13, 2021 12:55 am

Hi, glad you are thinking the same as me. I really don’t know which to get as like you said, some say a key is easier to learn but a paddle helps you get the ‘dahs’ right. I probably will get the key though when I get the chance. As for my radio, I have a very understanding partner who didn’t seem to mind me purchasing my first brand new radio which is an Icom 7610. I did p/x my two old radios to get it so it didn’t cost the full asking price. It will probably be the only time am going to be allowed to buy new so had to get a good one. How about you?.
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