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The craftsmen at LNR Precision Inc., based in Randleman, North Carolina, have produced a version of their new Patriot straight key exclusively for the Straight Key Century Club. Both keys are a smaller-scale version of the company's highly regarded Pro Pump key, initially designed by SKCC member Bill Crosier, NT9K.
The key's arm pivots on a trunion that uses ball bearings to provide smooth, effortless sending. The skirted knob is versatile enough to accommodate either American or European sending styles. The key's gap can be set for spacings that range from fully closed to a quarter of an inch wide, while its tension can be adjusted over a wide range of settings. The key weighs 1.25 pounds. Its base and "uppers" are machined from 6061 aluminium (think aircraft parts) and are bead-blasted, then anodized for a long-lasting finish. The club logo and year are laser-etched. The key boasts the solid feel of a large pump key but takes up less real estate on your operating surface.
The new club key was a sell-out at the 2014 Dayton Hamvention, where it was introduced along with the Patriot key. The folks at LNR Precision say each new order should take three or four weeks to fulfill. Although the key is identical to the company's Patriot model, LNR Precision is offering the club key to members at a discount. For prices and ordering, visit the company's website at http://www.lnrprecision.com. Or you can go directly to the order page here.
LNR Precision produced the original Pro Pump as a limited-run SKCC club key. If that key and its newer, standard version are any indication, this new club key will be an heirloom, as well as a reliable everyday key.
From Larry, AH6AX – A review:
I’m a “pounder”... I really, really pound a key when I send cw… bad habit, I know… but I do. That being said, I’ve been using the Czech Key that everyone seems to be talking about lately – it is SUPER heavy duty and can take the “lickin’ and keep on tickin’, as John Cameron Swayze used to say in Timex Commercials of yore. I thought I’d found the perfect match for me... a key that can take a beating...
Well, I found ANOTHER key that appears to be able to withstand my heavy handed fist – the new LnR SKCC Key that I picked up at the Dayton Hamvention a few weeks back. Now, I’m torn between using the two keys – I have them both lined up and ready to go; I alternate using them – one day I’ll be on the Czech Key, the next, the SKCC Key.
There IS a difference: If you’re used to the flat surface key top, the SKCC will, at first, feel strange to you. But I found that in very little time I was comfortable using it. I tend to grip it with one finger on top and the thumb and middle finger on each side when sending – is this correct procedure… heck, I don’t know, but it’s comfortable and makes sending easy for me. The key is heavy duty and doesn’t move around the desk when I pound on it – making me a happy camper. It passes my “take a lickin” test every time I use it. (I have a J-38 that I have to hold with one hand when sending... but, that’s a whole ‘nuther story.
The key is fully adjustable and super easy to operate… It’s a quality key and worth the $$ I invested in it. The SKCC Logo is laser cut and the SKCC blue base with aluminum arm makes for a very pretty key – but, as I said, don’t let the looks fool you – it’s a hard worker... Larry, AH6AX, SKCC #11165T
From Ron, AC2C – A review:
I've been using the new SKCC Patriot key exclusively for the past 2 weeks. I've used it not only for short exchanges but also for two ragchews. The key has held up very well.
I only use European style keying and have had no problems what so ever. Even after a 30 minute ragchew, there was no discomfort in the wrist. The adjustments are very convenient and they hold their settings. The gap and tension adjustment knobs are easy to turn and, with no lock nuts, the settings can be changed during a QSO. I've had no problems with the contacts and am growing quite fond of the knob. It has a nice feel and a very comfortable fit.
I was asked about the noise made with the contacts closing. It is not as quiet as a Czech key, but then the Czech key is fully enclosed and cannot be adjusted mid QSO. The amount of noise from the contacts is directly related to the size of the gap and the amount of pressure you use. If you use a small gap and a light touch, you'll hear a lot less noise than with a large gap and a heavy touch.
The key is a definite keeper for me - it has a permanent position on the desktop in my shack.