I want to hook an old Bencher key to my 6300.

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In my novice days, I used the key with an MFJ electronic keyer.  It is my understanding that the 6300 (6xxx Signature series) has a built in keyer.  So do I just plug the key in to the 'key hole'?
(I'm trying to get my code speed back up to 5wpm.....)
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George Molnar, KF2T, Elmer

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Yep. The wiring diagram is in the manual. Enjoy!!
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Chris Tate - N6WM, Elmer

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yep.. plug it right in.
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Steve W6SDM

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I've been using one for years.  Good combination.
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Ken - NM9P, Elmer

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I have been running the same Bencher since 1985! It is still a good one, it I am starting to long for a new paddle with magnetic dampening....

But they are $$$!!!
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Steve W6SDM

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No kidding.  You could buy a rig for that kinda money.  You're talking Bengali, right?
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Ken - NM9P, Elmer

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Begali, Kent, others....  some of the good ones are > $300+  
I'll wait until my rich uncle leaves me some money.

Problem...I don't have a rich uncle....
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Ken - NM9P, Elmer

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A couple years ago I got to see NN4ZZ's custom Begali straight key that he ordered to match his Begali paddles.  It was well over $300 and VERY nice! 
My Radio Shack straight key only cost me $2.95 back in 1972......
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Al / NN4ZZ

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Hi Ken,
I remember showing it to you at Dayton that year when I picked it up.  I asked Piero to make a straight key to match the Sculpture paddle and after a few years he did.   I got one of the matching Sculpture Mono paddles last year so I think I'm done now, hihi.  They are great keys and will last me a lifetime.  Since I'm CW only I figured the money I save on microphones pays for the CW jewelry.   

Al / NN4ZZ  
al (at) nn4zz (dot) com
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Ken - NM9P, Elmer

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Beauties,  all of them!  I really like the iambic, though.
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Rick Hadley - W0FG

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I keep my 35+ yr old Bencher hooked up to my 6500, my standby radio, and for the 6400 I'm Alpha testing, I use my most lovely Begali Pearl in the case-hardened finish that looks like the receiver of an old Winchester rifle.
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I have a minor collection of Benchers, Hex. Brown Brothers and others, but nothing, but nothing matches the light, crisp touch of my Begali.

Keith - AC9S

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