OK, so I couldn't get into FT5ZM's log ... but I did snare both Foxes in the 40 Meter Fox hunt tonight. So I guess not all is lost. The fact is that both Paul K4FB and Kevin W9CF have fantastic ears, and I owe my call in their logs to that fact.
I used my new Begali Simplex Mono as my CW sending weapon of choice. It took a lot of trial and error over the last few days to get it set up the way I wanted. But now that I have it set up to my liking, I have to say that, "Yes, Begali keys ARE what they are cracked up to be."
The key is silky smooth with a minimum of movement. It feels as close to using a touch paddle as you can get without actually using one. I can send at about 25 to 28 WPM effortlessly, even though I prefer my cruising altitude of about 23 WPM. The paddle's sexy good looks don't hurt, either. I would not hesitate recommending a Begali to anyone.
And to think, I bought the econo model. I can only imagine how the luxury version drives!
72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least!