Economical paddle...

Discussion in 'QRP Corner' started by KB4MNG, Sep 6, 2019.

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  1. KB4MNG

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    seen some questions about economical paddle options. This is a good video. A little long and wandering, may have to fast forward a bit but does cover these cheaper paddles. You can get this particular red finger paddles on ebay shipped for around $10.


  2. KM4DYX

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  3. KC7JNJ

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    That paddle looks like a value. I wonder what that straight key is like to send with.
  4. KG7WGX

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  5. KM4DYX

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    It has a spring straight out of a T-55 tank, very stiff, but quite usable. I jury-rigged a connection and knocked out an error-free POTA chase QSO an hour after I opened the package. A Begali could not have been more fun to use.

    It's about the size of my Palm Mini paddle. The design is very good. The workmanship is very Soviet. It is a two-handed operation, one hand placed on top to stabilize the key. It's a blast to use, but you wouldn't want to ragchew with it.

    At first it would send only Cyrillic, but I beat it into submission. Kidding.

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  6. KC7JNJ

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    Спасибо за информацию... Bury it in the mud never clean it and it keeps on working LOL. I might have to try one. I think I would also like to try cwmorses’s straight key with the Navy knob, they have the black one on sale right now for $20. A few years ago I picked up a Nye Viking Speed-x 322x001 with Navy knob in brass from an old ham’s estate, no one else wanted it. But it is the smoothest, best feeling key I have ever used. So it has spoiled me a bit. But maybe once conditions come up some and I can get out with radio it might be nice to try something from cwmorse or the Russian AK47 key you have.
  7. KG7WGX

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    I have one of these and it works very well. Surprisingly well.

    It uses ball bearings, but the manufacturer couldn't use the lever as a conductor, so there is a tiny wire from the moving contact hidden in a groove. This solves any problem of resistance across the bearings, even if it was unintentional.

    There is enough resilience in the design that I didn't get contact bounce, either. The brass contacts work fine.

    I understand the aluminum base model is now attached with two screws, which keeps the key from rotating on a single screw into a "skewed" orientation. (The design change was my suggestion. ;) )
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  8. KB4MNG

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  9. VK3YE

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    Make up something like this?


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