Alternative Morse code keys

Add a bit of interest to your radio equipment with one of these unorthodox CW keys. [OH6DC] has been hard at work posting almost sixty of these hacks. Above you can see an alarm clock whose snooze button acts as the key, and a nail clipper used as a key. There’s a banana , a cross-country ski shoe , and a toaster key. The rest you’ll have to see for yourself. Any of these would work perfectly with that Morse code keyboard you’ve been wanting to build.

Comments

  1. anon says:

    Why?

  2. baobrien says:

    Banana!?

  3. biozz says:

    ill take 3 of whatever he was on when he came up with all of this stuff

  4. Jake says:

    I was sad when they dropped the code requirements for HAM licenses :(

  5. maybe says:

    1. Look around
    2. First 60 objects noticed plus contacts/wire
    3. ?????
    4. PROFIT!

  6. r_d says:

    Wow. I just started writing a morse code virtual keyboard earlier this week.
    I don’t know morse yet, but the plan is to show which keys are accessible by a dot or a dash and provide enough feedback (i.e. timing bar, etc.) so that anyone (such as myself) can pick it up and learn by doing.

  7. ehrichweiss says:

    @baobrien, aren’t you glad he didn’t say ‘orange’ again..:)

  8. joe57005 says:

    i bet macguiver sucked at morse code

  9. xorpunk says:

    dropbox pages literally take like 30 minutes to knock offline, and that’s just a single attack machine not ddos. Of course this is the case with all ‘free’ webhosting.

    Just thought I’d mention it. People get these cheap or free hosts and act like it’s a sophisticated attack when it ends up tanked.

  10. xorpunk says:

    oops clicked wrong link, delete that comment. do it.

  11. someham says:

    In a pinch I’ve been known to use a rubber band, and spoon, some aluminum foil, and the wire and plug from some old headphones. Works every time.

  12. hpux735 says:

    @jake

    I’m actually kinda happy they did. I never cared much about HF until now. I have technician, and since they dropped the requirement I can use RTTY and SSTV on 10M, and I can use morse on 80, 40, and 15. I think that working in HF is going to make me _want_ to learn Morse code. Before it would have been an obligation, and I wouldn’t have enjoyed learning it.

  13. pelrun says:

    I LOVE YOU CW GUN!

  14. Fwirt says:

    Why not just use a real key? It’s bound to work better. Honestly, this is more like, “How to turn most household objects into momentary switches using tinfoil.”

  15. Chris says:

    It would have been so easy to make that nail clipper not blow ass, and even function as a nail clipper at the same time.

  16. tim says:

    Now that’s hacking,
    pure McGyver style

  17. Ryan says:

    I’d tap that.

  18. Elizabeth says:

    I want the nail clippers. Seriously, CW in my pocket, how cool would that be?

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