CW Vertical Key

While browsing through HAM-related sites I came across a CW Morse key made out of a paper clip (W0PWE Paper Clip Key). After a couple of attempts at building paddle keys (ugly but usable) I wanted to give a try at building a vertical key.

First of all, I am not fond of mechanical homebrewing and I have a very limited set of tools: if I made it, you can build yours too! What you need to build such a key is: You will also need the following tools: You certainly have everything you need at home!

I won't insult your fantasy with a step-by-step description of how to build this simple key. Pictures should be enough. Just keep in mind that it might not work (mechanically speaking) at the first attemp: I had to disassemble my key a few times before I could get it working properly. Just some hints:

Created on July 07, 2003

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