Bunnell Double Speed Key - Type W

Bunnell Double Speed Key - Type W

This particular key I found in my father, K5PEV's radio shack after he passed away. It was mounted on the piece of plywood as shown and had obviously been well used, although I never remember my father using that particular sideswiper, since he preferred his homebrew hacksaw blade sideswiper. I cleaned the key up before taking the pictures.

The key has adjustments for the contact spacing and a lever tension adjustment. At the rear, 2 small blocks of brass can be moved backwards or forwards to adjust the tension of the lever. In the pictures the the adjustment is all the way towards the rear, yielding the least tension, which is the way I prefer it. Even so, I personally find this sideswiper a little too stiff for my liking, although with close contact spacing it is OK. I've made a few contacts with it and it works fine.

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