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  • cloud runner
    The finest paddle ever made is The Chevron, by Kevin Gunstone, M0AGA. He continues to make them, one at a time to order by hand adn customized to your
    Message 1 of 8 , Mar 8, 2009
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      The finest paddle ever made is The Chevron, by Kevin Gunstone, M0AGA.  He continues to make them, one at a time to order by hand adn customized to your specification.  He is a superb machinest as well as a fine CW op.  The fit and finish of this key is beyond excellent.  It can be adjusted for light-as-a-feather, or heavy as a hulk.  It can feel soft or hard depending upon adjustment.  it can be set so close one can not detect any movement, and it will stay through changing temperatures.  I have adorned The Orphan, serial # 009, with cocobolo finger pieces and insert making it unque and in my opinion the nicest one on the planet.
       
      Here is Kevin's website in the event you are not familiar with his work: http://www.chevronmorsekeys.co.uk/key.html
       
      And here is The Orphan today...
       
    • David Ring
      Hmmm, when I was young I lusted after women and money and fast cars. I guess I can say I m older now and I have just discovered Key Lust - perhaps something
      Message 2 of 8 , Mar 8, 2009
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        Hmmm, when I was young I lusted after women and money and fast cars.
        I guess I can say I'm older now and I have just discovered "Key Lust"
        - perhaps something like "Key Largo" - or at least sung to the same
        key. (Aww, I pun?)

        73

        DR

        On Sun, Mar 8, 2009 at 1:45 PM, cloud runner <KT5X@...> wrote:
        >
        >
        > The finest paddle ever made is The Chevron, by Kevin Gunstone, M0AGA.<snip>
        > Here is Kevin's website in the event you are not familiar with his work: http://www.chevronmorsekeys.co.uk/key.html
        >
        > And here is The Orphan today...
        >
      • w9ya
        Well .... o.k., I ll bite (since no one else has yet) ...; In your estimation what makes this paddle the finest ...ever made ? Bob w9ya (Owner of many
        Message 3 of 8 , Mar 8, 2009
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          Well .... o.k., I'll bite (since no one else has yet) ...; In your estimation what makes this paddle the "finest ...ever made" ?

          Bob
          w9ya
          (Owner of many different, yet all 'fine paddles'.)

          On Sun, Mar 8, 2009 at 3:17 PM, David Ring <n1ea@...> wrote:
          Hmmm, when I was young I lusted after women and money and fast cars.
          I guess I can say I'm older now and I have just discovered "Key Lust"
          - perhaps something like "Key Largo" - or at least sung to the same
          key.  (Aww, I pun?)

          73

          DR

          On Sun, Mar 8, 2009 at 1:45 PM, cloud runner <KT5X@...> wrote:
          >
          >
          > The finest paddle ever made is The Chevron, by Kevin Gunstone, M0AGA.<snip>
          > Here is Kevin's website in the event you are not familiar with his work: http://www.chevronmorsekeys.co.uk/key.html
          >
          > And here is The Orphan today...
          >


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        • ac2gs_rsl
          Does anyone know what the status of M0AGA and his Chevron keys are? I have been coveting the Chevron Key for a while now, but I noticed the website is down .
          Message 4 of 8 , Jun 27, 2014
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            Does anyone know what the status of M0AGA and his Chevron keys are?

            I have been coveting the Chevron Key for a while now, but I noticed the website is "down".  I did some checking and I found that the domain registration was allowed to lapse.  I emailed the guy that M0AGA had do the web site, and he wrote me that he emailed M0AGA about this more than six months ago but never heard back from him!

            M0AGA's only email listing was at the now defunct  chevronmorsekeys.co.uk domain.

            Anyone know what happened?

            73,
            Roy, AC2GS
          • T R Mortimer
            GA, Roy ! RE: ....Does anyone know what the status of M0AGA and his Chevron keys are? I have been coveting the Chevron Key for a while now, but I noticed
            Message 5 of 8 , Jun 27, 2014
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              GA,  Roy !
               
              RE:  "....Does anyone know what the status of M0AGA and his Chevron keys are?
               
               I have been coveting the Chevron Key for a while now, but I noticed the website is "down".  I did some checking and I found that the domain registration was allowed to lapse.  I emailed the guy that M0AGA had do the web site, and he wrote me that he emailed M0AGA about this more than six months ago but never heard back from him!
               
               
               M0AGA's only email listing was at the now defunct  chevronmorsekeys.co.uk http://www.chevronmorsekeys.co.uk/key.html domain.
               
               
               Anyone know what happened?
               
               
               73,
               Roy, AC2GS"
               
               

              If you are used to springs,  then perhaps you won't mind.  The Chevron uses magnetic repulsion.  This means that if you press a lever with very slowly increasing force,  you can move the lever away from its rest position,  but not close the contact.  The contact closes only when the force is increased further.
               
              A graph relating lever force on the X-axis and contact-gap on the Y would be steep at first,  and get less and less so.
               
              With the attractive magnet arrangement found on,  say,  the Begali magnetic classic,  the force required to move the lever decreases as the gap closes.  This makes for a positive "clicky" feel,  rather like the action of a microswitch.
               
              With tiny gaps,  the effect is small,  anyhow.  One needs great discernment to detect it.
               
              My best key was my hideous home-made one,  working on the attractive principle.  It went missing with a parcel of other accessories when I moved house when my XYL died in 1990.  Since then,  I have an N2DAN (SK) at home and a Begali out here.  I would buy no other,  even if Bill Gates left me his fortune. 
               
              Is appearance everything ?  As the old man said,  when he saw his young son ogling at a lovely YL with his tongue hanging out,  "...but, can she cook ? " 
               
              73 de Mort,  SV5/G2JL
            • Fred Maas
              Mort, the Chevron does not have attracting magnets. it has repulsive magnets. What you say does not apply to it. 161 Fred - KT5X From:
              Message 6 of 8 , Jun 30, 2014
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                Mort,

                 

                the Chevron does not have attracting magnets.  it has repulsive magnets.  What you say does not apply to it.

                 

                161 Fred - KT5X

                 

                From: cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com [mailto:cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com]
                Sent: Friday, June 27, 2014 10:19 AM
                To: cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com
                Subject: Re: [cw_bugs] Re: Fw: finest paddle ever made

                 

                 

                

                GA,  Roy !

                 

                RE:  "....Does anyone know what the status of M0AGA and his Chevron keys are?

                 

                 I have been coveting the Chevron Key for a while now, but I noticed the website is "down".  I did some checking and I found that the domain registration was allowed to lapse.  I emailed the guy that M0AGA had do the web site, and he wrote me that he emailed M0AGA about this more than six months ago but never heard back from him!
                 

                 

                 M0AGA's only email listing was at the now defunct  chevronmorsekeys.co.uk http://www.chevronmorsekeys.co.uk/key.html domain.
                 

                 

                 Anyone know what happened?
                 

                 

                 73,
                 Roy, AC2GS"

                 

                 


                If you are used to springs,  then perhaps you won't mind.  The Chevron uses magnetic repulsion.  This means that if you press a lever with very slowly increasing force,  you can move the lever away from its rest position,  but not close the contact.  The contact closes only when the force is increased further.

                 

                A graph relating lever force on the X-axis and contact-gap on the Y would be steep at first,  and get less and less so.

                 

                With the attractive magnet arrangement found on,  say,  the Begali magnetic classic,  the force required to move the lever decreases as the gap closes.  This makes for a positive "clicky" feel,  rather like the action of a microswitch.

                 

                With tiny gaps,  the effect is small,  anyhow.  One needs great discernment to detect it.

                 

                My best key was my hideous home-made one,  working on the attractive principle.  It went missing with a parcel of other accessories when I moved house when my XYL died in 1990.  Since then,  I have an N2DAN (SK) at home and a Begali out here.  I would buy no other,  even if Bill Gates left me his fortune. 

                 

                Is appearance everything ?  As the old man said,  when he saw his young son ogling at a lovely YL with his tongue hanging out,  "...but, can she cook ? " 

                 

                73 de Mort,  SV5/G2JL

              • T R Mortimer
                Yes, Fred, it has repelling magnets, which I find repellent (pun intended, for emphasis). They are just the same as springs; the spring-rate
                Message 7 of 8 , Jun 30, 2014
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                  Yes,  Fred,  it has repelling magnets,  which I find repellent (pun intended,  for emphasis).
                   
                  They are just the same as springs;  the spring-rate (force/deflexion law) increases with pressure,  which is anathema to me.  OK for them as likes it,  i.e.,  the undiscerning.
                   
                  My N2DAN, Begali Magnetic Classic,  and my home-made monstrosity all used the attraction principle,  wherein force decreases with deflexion.
                   
                  Perhaps I worded my remarks in an obscure manner.  I should have done better at school;  especially typing school !
                   
                  73 de Mort,  SV5/G2JL
                • Fred Maas
                  Yes, it has repelling magnets. I have two of them. It is the attracting magnets that lead to the snap action. Though since the movement is generally set
                  Message 8 of 8 , Jun 30, 2014
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                    Yes, it has repelling magnets.  I have two of them.  It is the attracting magnets that lead to the "snap action."  Though since the movement is generally set to where you can't sense the paddle arm moving all, there is no sensation. - fred

                     

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                    Sent: Monday, June 30, 2014 12:24 PM
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                    Yes,  Fred,  it has repelling magnets,  which I find repellent (pun intended,  for emphasis).

                     

                    They are just the same as springs;  the spring-rate (force/deflexion law) increases with pressure,  which is anathema to me.  OK for them as likes it,  i.e.,  the undiscerning.

                     

                    My N2DAN, Begali Magnetic Classic,  and my home-made monstrosity all used the attraction principle,  wherein force decreases with deflexion.

                     

                    Perhaps I worded my remarks in an obscure manner.  I should have done better at school;  especially typing school !

                     

                    73 de Mort,  SV5/G2JL

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