NEW! Review clip from Mark W7MBP who decides to try slamming the key on his desk!
And lots of feedback including two videos from Josh (Hoshnasi) KI6NAZ from Ham Radio Crash Course:
Hi David, I got it all setup tonight, it is AWESOME. Nicely done!
I made a few contacts and it was AWESOME. Great feel!
Hi, Dave, The Spirit key (#97) arrived today, and I immediately 'fired it up". Found the spacing adjustments for extremely close QRQ sending to be a bit touchy, but, once set, they stay that way and sending is a pleasure. I love the way it stays put on the desk, and will be that way even for somebody who 'slaps' the paddles with wider spacing than I like. It is attractive and built like a brick, ideal for travel as well as home use. I actually prefer it to the often acclaimed Begali paddles I own, so it is right there among the paddles I actually choose to use on the air most often: 9A5N Touch Solid State Paddle (a completely different beast), the Chevron by M0AYA, and the Hensley paddle made by AC4HW an improved iteration of the famed N2DAN design. Congratulations on a unique and fulfilling design. Good luck in your venture, keep me posted on any new products in the future. 73, Gene N9SW
I then asked Gene about the speeds he was using it at:
Dave, I used it comfortably at about 40WPM, and could have gone a bit faster if I found somebody to talk with at that speed, given the lousy propagation. I happen to be a member of both the HSC( #321) as well as VHSC (#16). My endurance and accuracy at those speeds at age 77 is admittedly slipping, and my error start getting worse and worse after about 20 minutes of trying to keep up. :)Take care, stay healthy! 73, Gene N9SW
David, Congratulations on completing your Kickstarter. You are off to a great start. Received my key today and you did a very nice job. Here is some feedback…. Aside: I’m a contemporary “mid range” key collector; I worked for HRO for seven years, so it was easy. I have the full Kent key collection, a Bencher BY1, a Bencher HexKey, a Vibroplex iambic key, and an American Morse paddle that I assembled from their kit. So I got them all out, adjusted the Spirit Key and did a side by side. The Spirit Key performed as well or better than the other keys. It has a smooth feel and is a piece of cake to adjust, although I’m still playing with the tension. It is in good company. I’m sorry I don’t have a Begali to compare it too but then my Morse skills might not be good enough to discern any difference. Plus, I like the rugged construction. If I need to take a key “into the field”, I’ll be reaching for the Spirit key. [...] In closing, I like the Spirit key and it serves its namesake well. 73 Logan, KE7AZ
#47 arrived in yesterday’s mail. It’s going to take a little bit of fine tuning and adjustment to get it dialed in just the way I like, but I’m very happy with it. Love the look! Black anodized base makes it look like a piece of spacecraft hardware. I’ll give you some additional operational feedback over time. Thank you and 73! — Ethan, K8GU
I just received now, it's excactly what I was hoping: Superb quality, finish like if it was Swiss Made! Tgank you guy for your great job. Olivier B HB9GUY, Geneva, CH.
I guess I should start learning Morse now. Ken G., Kirkdale, WA.
Great first impression. Need to reduce the paddle travel and tighten up the tension. Thanks for the wrenches. Logan R., Oro Valley, AZ.
Incredibly well made. I am impressed. Walter W., Marietta, GA.
Beautifully built -- I'm still learning the code, but looking forward David W., Seattle, WA.
It feels solid and sturdy. Thank you. Courtland R., Veneta, OR.
Kind of fun to take it apart — I really like it — I am anxious to see what you all come up with next — the design and construction is pretty dang cool. David W., Bear Lake, MI
“I love it when a plan comes together”... Key arrived today. It’s very nicely done and I am a satisfied backer. Congratulations on completing your kickstarter. 73 Logan, KE7AZ
Hi David, No 89 finally arrived today after a considerable delay in UK customs, I have it set up and working I have to congratulate you on designing and building what I think is a work of art that is totally suited to grace any shack. 73 de Peter G3ML Peter W., Kent, UK
Just arrived this morning here in Geneva, Switzerland..... Really a great key. Nice and easy to use. [...] Thanks for this very nice piece of art. Great job, and very quick quickstarter I ever seen. Best 73 to all of you. Spirit Morse Key #0066. HB9GUR Philippe H, Geneva, SUI
Mine just arrived! It looks and feels amazing, strong work guys! J.B.S., Frederick, MD
Hi David! I just opened up the box. The key looks and feels terrific! You guys did a great job. Thank you again! 73 es TU! M. Tyler R., Pasadena, MD
Just got it and hooked it up to the Morserino. Didn't work. Finally figured out that one has to select external paddles... The key is a really sold build, and looks GREAT! Al F., La Mesa, CA
I was feeling brave and removed the top, marveled at the neat through-key adjustment design. Loving the key! Nice work! Charles M., Austin, TX