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PostPosted: Thu Nov 25, 2010 1:02 am
by wa5tcz
I have been looking at the answers about the next key.
I also learned on a J-38 straight key,It will teach you how to send great and correct cw.
About four months ago August of 2010, I bought an new in the box,Navy Flame proof hand key.
Stamped on the base are these Numbers CJB2600 3A.
The key is made by the Bunnel Key company of New York New York.
There is a web page devoted to these keys and you can order one that was made in 1955 still in the sealed box.
They are not cheap around $80.00 dollors plus shipping.
I have been a ham for 40 years and this simple key blew me away.
Easy to use and does not cause arm and whrist fategue.
I am totaly satisfied with my Navy flame proof hand key.
Darron Sanchez
I get no compinsation for recomending this key

PostPosted: Thu Nov 25, 2010 11:53 am
by NT9K
Hi Darron, want to see what your new key looks like taken apart?

Here is mine after I stripped the paint off and polished the cast aluminum:

FYI, the Navy Flameproof keys have more parts than any other commercially made straight keys ever made. Most people don't realize it, but they are also pump type keys, meaning the contacts move upwards to close and the contacts are on the back side of the pivot point. That is why they are so good! I have used flameproof keys for over 30 years and will always keep one wired up on the desk ready to use. Even though I have lots more expensive and fancier keys, there will always be a Navy Flameproof in my key lineup.


PostPosted: Thu Nov 25, 2010 3:15 pm
by W2BLC
Yes - nice set of pictures there Bill. I no longer have a Flameproof, but I should have kept one of them.

A very smooth key - even though it has a short arm. Also extra quiet if the q-Tip mod is made. See arguments for and against at: ... 8dcfa79867