Tuesday, February 04, 2014

First QSO with the Begali

was with Hiram who was operating W1AW/4 in Georgia. Actually, it was with John Laney K4BAI, who was using the ARRL Centennial W1AW/4 call in tonight's 40 Meter QRP Foxhunt. Instead of sending "John" as his name, he was sending Hiram. It was fun to work "The Old Man", kinda sorta.

The Begali is a sweet piece, and I still have to play with the adjustments some. But where I have it right now, it's pretty silky smooth. It's definitely heavy enough to stay put in one place without walking. Once I finally get it where I want it, it will be the primary key.

One thing that surprised me though. They supply a three conductor cable with two male stereo plugs. You have to lop one end off, strip and bare the wires, and solder them in place. Not that soldering is a big deal, but for some reason, I thought the key would come pre-cabled.

72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least!


  1. Hello Larry,

    Have fun with the new key. Someday.....when I win the lottery.

  2. It's a very nice key and with my Contour I noticed how heavy it was. There is no way these keys will move around the desk. As for the cabling my Contour key has a jack on it were the cable just plugs in.