> My name is Dave and my call is KB3MOW. I'm located in north-central
> Pennsylvania, about 20 miles from the NY State border. I've been a
> ham for 41 years and still love the hobby!
> I've posted a picture to the photo section titled "KB3MOW Keys". It
> shows the three keys currently on line in my shack. I'm not a
> collector, but use these all on a regular basis.
> On the left is a 1960 Vibroplex bug. Obtained this in a trade for my
> old Brass Rcer when I decided to get back to a bug.
> The middle bug is my Coffin Bug! I had one of these as a novice in
> 1967, and chose to revisit my CW roots! Got this one in trade for a
> spare antenna tuner I had laying around.
> On the right is my favorite, even though it's not a bug. It's an old
> Navy Flameproof straight key that belonged to my Grandmother. She was
> a Western Union telegrapher in the southwest many years ago, and
> carried this key with her from station to station. She was a
> supervisor, and filled in for operators when they were sick or
> Not one of these keys is a colectors item, but I wouldn't trade a
> single one of them for new ones!
> Glad to be part of the group, and looking forward to following the
> threads here.
Great stuff, Dave -- glad you're here.
The list is a little slow, but there are many good people here with
lots of good info.
KD5XB -- Earl Needham
Clovis, New Mexico DM84jk
Quoting from the Coast Guard: ZUT