Currently I’m using a Begali Graciella key in day-to-day use. But I’ve also got a few more keys in the collection. Recently I purchased an E.F. Johnson Speed-X semi-automatic bug. It cost me a whopping $41 on ebay. It is in pretty good shape, all things considered. For me this key represents one of the first keys I used with my new ham license as WB0JXY in Nebraska in 1973. My entire ham shack was borrowed and sitting on a giant cardboard box that I’d used to ship my belongings back from England on my discharge from the U.S. Air Force. I could really send with that bug — I just couldn’t receive worth a darn!

I’ve also got a straight key, a Llaves Telegraphica brass key that I will bring out for straight key night. It is a beauty and is just right for a nice collection of keys. I also have a Schurr Profi. I bought this one on ebay as well. It is in pretty good share. I really like the clear plastic dust cover and the clear plastic paddles. It, too, is brass.

I believe that I’ll be refraining from purchasing more keys for just a little while. But for a CW guy, you can never get enough keys!

Vibroplex Code Warrior
Vibroplex Code Warrior
Schurr Profi
Schurr Profi
Llaves Telegraphicas
Llaves Telegraphicas
EF Johnson Speed-X
EF Johnson Speed-X
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Begali Graciella
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Jim-K5ND

Freelance writer and active Scouting volunteer. Retired publishing and communication executive who writes for fun and to finance his hobby, amateur radio.

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