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M. Nye Company
Nye has been making keys and paddles for a long time, and the tradition of quality and value is strong in every product that carries the Wm. M. Nye, Speed-X, and Nye Viking logos. But don't take our word for it-- click here to see what hams are saying!
As of 02/17/2015, we do not have ANY Nye Speed-X keys in stock. We expect to receive 320-001 and 310-001 keys in 3-4 weeks given some warmer weather in northwestern Idaho. We do have::
KB2A Aluminum Key Base
3XKS Speed-X Key Spring
013-001A Nye Navy Knob Skirt
Please call us to check availability of other models before placing your order.
303-752-3382 10AM-6PM MST Mon-Sat
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Classic Speed-X Keys
Tradition? Take a look at Model 320. Now thumb through the January 1937 issue of QST. First made by Les Logan, then by E.F. Johnson, and now by Wm M. Nye Company, the zinc bases of the Speed-X keys have been cast in the the same molds since the 1930's. When you purchase a Speed-X key you are not just buying a key, you are buying a piece of telegraphic history.
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The Classic Rectangular Speed-X Keys. These Speed-X keys feature a cast rectangular base with black crinkle finish, solid brass square section key lever, and large "Navy" style knob. Contacts are gold-plated heavy silver, and the key action is fully adjustable.
Navy Knob Skirt (Disk) for upgrade $6.00
If you want to upgrade the standard 310 series knob to a 320 style Navy Knob, all you need to do is add the skirt. Remove the round knob and the fiber washer. Place the skirt disk, then the washer on the stud and screw into the lever. Or, looking at it from the top down, you have knob, skirt, fiber washer, lever.
plate for Speed-X and other
The KB2a base plate is made by Nye specifically for the Speed-X 31x and 32x series keys, but it can be used with many other keys that have mounting holes 1.5" apart. The holes are tapped for 6-32 machine screws. Other keys can be mounted on the base simply by drilling the mounting holes. The base is finished in Nye's classic black crinkle paint, has four feet at the corners for excellent stability, and is supplied with key-mounting screws. Note that some old 32x (rectangular base) keys have 1.25" hole spacing-- options are to mount with one screw, or drill and tap one or both holes for that spacing. As supplied, the holes are correct for all 31x oval base keys and 32x keys made after 1980. Some earlier Speed-X keys had 1-1/3" hole spacing.
Speed-X Key Springs.. $2.50Conical coil springs, supplied by Nye as replacements for Speed-X keys, but will fit many other keys.
or call 303-752-3382 for more information
I taught myself the code back
in 1945 with a
homebuilt (of course!) audio oscillator and a Speedex
straight key. Still have it, and it still works great,
although it can't spell as good as in 1945!
--George Baker W5YR
[Speed-X 312-001] They're just
beautiful! I couldn't
be more pleased.
Every specification is just as I expected and I'm especially pleased
with the big key contacts. These are the very nicest straight keys
I've seen in 66 years of pounding brass. ... Thanks for this very
satisfying first order. --C.W. (Bill) Bailey, W7DF