W9WBL VSL Key? Need info please......

Discussion in '"Boat Anchor" & Classic Equipment' started by N1UXA, Nov 14, 2017.

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  1. N1UXA

    N1UXA Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hi everyone,

    I recently acquired a W9WBL single lever paddle. I think it is a model VSL. There is one label on the side and no serial number underneath. The magnetic strip is there along with the hex key. My question is, why is the wooden paddle on the bottom? All pictures I have seen show the paddle attached to the top. You can see from the pictures that my key has all four of the little white slugs where the threads are, (to attached the paddle). Was my key manufactured this way? If so its the only one I have seen like this. I know that the paddle could be moved around to different places but wouldn't that be after it was received by the purchaser? Curious.
    I am also trying to establish the value. Any info would be appreciated. It most likely will be listed here for sale.
    Regards and 73, Tom - N1UXA DSC_0002.JPG DSC_0003.JPG DSC_0004.JPG DSC_0005.JPG
  2. W9GB

    W9GB Ham Member QRZ Page

    This Question was posted in Multiple QRZ Forums.


    Stan Heils, W9WBL (sk, 2009) designed some interesting paddles.
    I still remember meeting him (when he was WB9WBL) with WB9GGO (sk, 1979) at 1977 Starved Rock / Princeton (IL) hamfest when he first started designing and selling his paddles (before V2L).

    Note the label that says "WBL Design." This label is not seen on the V2L and V22 models.
    Stan used RCA-type jacks, on the inside of the paddle, for connecting cables.
    He also used sleeve bearings, instead of ball-bearings.
    Wilko Hollemans, PA3BWK maintains a list of WBL owners
    http://www.morsecode.nl/wbl morse key v22.html
    W9WBL single-lever paddle had three (3) options for orienting the paddle. Three small nylon setscrews can be seen in the middle of the arm - these fill threaded holes that can be used to change the fingerpiece height.

    Here is a scan of his V2L mailer / flyer, in later years.
  3. N1UXA

    N1UXA Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thanks to all who replied. This item is now listed for sale here on QRZ. Don't be bashful!! Make an offer.

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