WWII Training Film Shows How to Use a Straight Key

If you’ve read my blog for any length of time, you’ll know that I’m not a big fan of sending with a straight key. I find it very tiring, and my fist isn’t as good as I’d like it to be. Well, having said that, Ovide, K8EV, recently e-mailed a link to “Techniques of Hand Sending,” a United States Navy training film from 1944 on how to send good code by hand with a straight key.

It’s a very well-done film, and after watching it a couple of times, I can see where I’ve been doing some things incorrectly. For example, I think my arm and wrist are too tense when using a straight key. That undoubtedly is why my arm and wrist get tired so easily.

So, am I going to practice more often with my J-37 and join the Straight Key Century Club? Well, no, but who knows? Maybe someday in the future.

Techniques of Hand Sending