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Re: Favorite Paddle, Key?

Chuck Carpenter
 

My fixed-station paddle is a March R-3A; portable paddle is a Vibroplex Code Warrior.  Also have a Mini Paddle I often use for testing at the bench.  I've had a couple of Vibroplex bugs and still have a J-38 bought in 1955.

My favorite electronic keyer is the PK-4 from Jackson Harbor.  I've also used several others from JH including the popular NorCal keyer.
--
Chuck Carpenter, W5USJ
EM22cv Rains County, TX


Re: Favorite Paddle, Key?

K8MEG <k8meg@...>
 

My key collection is dwindling. I have given too many away. Straight key favorites JH Bunnell J-38 style and my novice J-38. On my desk is a Bunnel fame proof. Several other keys including a few flame proofs, CT Asia, HK-705, J-5, etc. On my desk is a Blue Racer bug,  My 1950's Vibroplex Original bug and a couple more bugs in storage. My on my desk paddle is the Begali Simplex Basic. I like the K8RA P-6, but profile a little big for my desk. I have a Cedar Rapid Paddle that is unique, but I have never used it, I know I have at least 2 more paddles somewhere.

My least used and not my favorite is the Amplidan 50713. Just too big for my operating position.

72,
Rich

PS
Another snow day with falling temps! We've had too many of these already. People forget how to drive in them from
one snow storm to the next. This is Michigan, not Georgia.


Re: Favorite Paddle, Key?

Kurt Zimmerman
 

I have 3 different paddles that I use and consider as my favorite. First of which is my Vibroplex side swiper with Crome base. Being the nostalgia person I am I love this key because it reminds me of the daysI sat on my Grandfather’s lap as he played radio. His Vibroplex had a grey base. My next go to key is my old Bencher paddle. It was my first key I used for over 10 years. It is used on my QRP rigs.  Finally my third key is my Palm Radio mini key. Use it in a mobile installation for a number of years. It has a very nice touch. It is used on my QCX/20. 
73
Kurt -W2MW 

6s

On Feb 4, 2018, at 7:13 AM, Michael McEwen <michael.t.mcewen@...> wrote:

I'm not very good at CW due to an Army injury nerve disability.  I have an old J-38 on which I first practiced. It's a good solid straight key.  Because of my limitations I decided to try a sideswipper. Got a Whiterook "mini" model and even with it's size limitations it is very easy for me.  I'm ready to look for a full size.
Guess the best plan is find what works best for you.
K5OSA, Doc


Re: Favorite Paddle, Key?

Mlike McEwen
 

I'm not very good at CW due to an Army injury nerve disability.  I have an old J-38 on which I first practiced. It's a good solid straight key.  Because of my limitations I decided to try a sideswipper. Got a Whiterook "mini" model and even with it's size limitations it is very easy for me.  I'm ready to look for a full size.
Guess the best plan is find what works best for you.
K5OSA, Doc


Re: Favorite Paddle, Key?

Louis Axeman <n8la@...>
 

I own quite a few hand keys, bugs, dual paddles, and single paddles: too many to mention, but I will relate a story about one of my hand keys.  Attached to my KX-3 is a $300 Begali Adventure.  I hardly use it even though it is superb.  In the 2015 ARRL DX CW Contest, with the KX-3 and attached Adventure, I used a hand key I have named TOCK.  The name is an acronym for Tricked Out Crappier Key.  It is a successor to my Tricked Out Crappy Key.  The crappier version has a plastic base with a hunk broken out of the back, a U shaped piece of metal to hold the lever, a ballpoint pen spring, and a knob that attaches to a headless screw that, in turn, attaches them both to the lever.  With this setup, I won Midwest Division Single Operator QRP in the 2015 ARRL DX CW Contest!

72,
Lou, N8LA/QRP (mostly)


On ‎Saturday‎, ‎February‎ ‎3‎, ‎2018‎ ‎09‎:‎07‎:‎24‎ ‎PM‎ ‎CST, Cliff Fox (KU4GW) <cliffku4gw@...> wrote:


I only own one paddle now, a single lever Vibroplex Deluxe Vibrokeyer that was left to me in the will of W4CUX Bill Worley of Alpharetta, GA when Bill passed away December 29, 2012 from pancreatic cancer. Bill and I worked a weekly 80 meter sked for almost 4 years prior to him getting sick. We got to be really great friends over all the QSOs we had and I still miss him. Bill also willed me a Hendricks PFR-3A 3 band QRP rig he built from a kit with attached W5JH Baby Black Widow paddles and a 10 watt SMT resistive dummy load. I gave away my old MFJ-564 paddle and had a K8RA P2 paddle for a while, but never really liked it all that well. 

As far as straight keys I've owned quiet a few, but my J.H. Bunnell Navy Flameproof I bought from NOS (New Old Stock) from the J.H. Bunnell Company is my most favorite. I had a Begali Camelback for a while I liked the best, but after mounting the Navy Flameproof on a 1/2 inch (1.27 Centimeters) thick steel base that W4CUX Bill made me in his machine shop it completely changed the feel of the Navy key for the better! It was like a totally different key altogether after mounting it on the steel base! I liked it so much better I sold the Begali Camelback because I never used it anymore. Over the past 20 years I've also owned a Lionel J-38, a J-37 Mae West, a U.S. Army J-5-A, a Bulgarian Military "Coffin" key, and a German Junker. I liked all of them, but none as well as the Navy Flameproof. Below are a few photos of a few of the keys I've owned and the three I still have. I only have two straight keys now, the Navy Flameproof and a Czech Army key I picked up for $25 at the 2013 Dayton Hamvention. It was a NOS key also still in the box and wrapped with some type of light brown paper. W4KRN Karen was selling them and she had a slew of them at the time! I'm partial to straight keys with enclosed contacts because they don't need the contacts cleaned and they're a lot quieter. I use to wake my wife up in the wee hours, God rest her soul, with the loud clicking the Begali Camelback made, but never with either of the keys with enclosed contacts. 
 
 
  
  
That's about it from here. I would like to comment that, for the price, MFJ-564 is a very good key and is pretty much a copy of a Bencher BY-2. The only difference is on the BY-2 the part behind the paddles the spring hooks to is round, but on the MFJ-546 that part is square in shape. The difference in price is huge! 

Very 72/73!
Cliff - KU4GW
4SQRP # 536


Re: Favorite Paddle, Key?

Cliff Fox (KU4GW)
 

I only own one paddle now, a single lever Vibroplex Deluxe Vibrokeyer that was left to me in the will of W4CUX Bill Worley of Alpharetta, GA when Bill passed away December 29, 2012 from pancreatic cancer. Bill and I worked a weekly 80 meter sked for almost 4 years prior to him getting sick. We got to be really great friends over all the QSOs we had and I still miss him. Bill also willed me a Hendricks PFR-3A 3 band QRP rig he built from a kit with attached W5JH Baby Black Widow paddles and a 10 watt SMT resistive dummy load. I gave away my old MFJ-564 paddle and had a K8RA P2 paddle for a while, but never really liked it all that well. 

As far as straight keys I've owned quiet a few, but my J.H. Bunnell Navy Flameproof I bought from NOS (New Old Stock) from the J.H. Bunnell Company is my most favorite. I had a Begali Camelback for a while I liked the best, but after mounting the Navy Flameproof on a 1/2 inch (1.27 Centimeters) thick steel base that W4CUX Bill made me in his machine shop it completely changed the feel of the Navy key for the better! It was like a totally different key altogether after mounting it on the steel base! I liked it so much better I sold the Begali Camelback because I never used it anymore. Over the past 20 years I've also owned a Lionel J-38, a J-37 Mae West, a U.S. Army J-5-A, a Bulgarian Military "Coffin" key, and a German Junker. I liked all of them, but none as well as the Navy Flameproof. Below are a few photos of a few of the keys I've owned and the three I still have. I only have two straight keys now, the Navy Flameproof and a Czech Army key I picked up for $25 at the 2013 Dayton Hamvention. It was a NOS key also still in the box and wrapped with some type of light brown paper. W4KRN Karen was selling them and she had a slew of them at the time! I'm partial to straight keys with enclosed contacts because they don't need the contacts cleaned and they're a lot quieter. I use to wake my wife up in the wee hours, God rest her soul, with the loud clicking the Begali Camelback made, but never with either of the keys with enclosed contacts. 
 
 
  
  
That's about it from here. I would like to comment that, for the price, MFJ-564 is a very good key and is pretty much a copy of a Bencher BY-2. The only difference is on the BY-2 the part behind the paddles the spring hooks to is round, but on the MFJ-546 that part is square in shape. The difference in price is huge! 

Very 72/73!
Cliff - KU4GW
4SQRP # 536


Rare Winslow J-38

Ed Redwine
 

When I liquidated my J-38 collection, I reserved a rare Winslow J-38 in excellent condition. Noted J-38 expert K6IX once told me this key is very rare. He only knew of 7 in existance.
   For you straight key fans and collectors , I am thinking of letting this key go.
  Would like to know if there is any interest in this key.
   The price will be markedly higher than the prolific Lionel and ARC's. I haven't determined a price for it yet.
   During the war, there were about 19 manufacturers of the J-38.
  I still use the old beat up J-38 I had as a novice in '56.
   Contact me off group at k5erj@....
Ed- Kansas



Winslow J-38

Ed Redwine
 

When I liquidated my J-38 collection, I reserved a rare Winslow J-38 in excellent condition. Noted J-38 expert K6IX once told me this key is very rare. He only knew of 7 in existance.
   For you straight key fans, I am thinking of letting this key go.
  Would be interested to know if there is any interest in this key.
   The price will be markedly higher than the prolific Lionel and ARC's. I haven't determined a price for it yet.
   During the war, there were about 19 manufacturers of the J-38.
  .I still use the old beat up J-38 I had as a novice in '56.
   Contact me off group at k5erj@....
Ed- Kansas


Re: Favorite Paddle, Key?

Tom Sevart
 

I've got a few, but my favorites probably are the Bencher BY-1's, my paddles built by N5DRB, and my touch paddle keyer.

I only have three straight keys, a SpeedX, a Japanese ball bearing key, and an antique Bunnell telegraph key. All of them are great, though I don't use a straight key much any more.

--
Tom Sevart N2UHC
St. Paul, KS


Re: Favorite Paddle, Key?

K4EQ
 

Like others, I've had several paddles and straight keys through the years, but my favorite is the TP4 paddle made by Larry, N0SA, which I bought in 2010. It's a gem!

Dale, K4EQ


Re: Favorite Paddle, Key?

Paul Smith
 

I have enjoyed the reading of paddles and keys. I would not thought I was a collector but after opening my keyboard drawer IU fine a BUNCH of keys and paddles. I have and do use them all but currently I am pounding brass with a Begali Spark that my son Richard bought me for my birthday. 

I have a Bencher paddle like about everybody. Richard made off with it and my Bencher straight key. I have a Kent double paddle that feels very nice. I have the Haigwood Black widow and Scqrpion paddles and use them some. My favorite paddle is a single lever paddle  bought at Ozarkcon. I was built by a plumber so I love it. The supports are faucet stems and the lever is a toilet trip lever. All of the screws involved are brass bibb screws. Just the perfect key for a retired plumber. I also have a couple bugs and a very nice LTA  SKCC key the a VERY good ham friend sold to me. I have about wrote a book so I will ride along and read others de Paul N0NBD

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Re: Favorite Paddle, Key?

 

For paddles, which I don't use much, I have a sent of Kent paddles
bought back in the early '90s. They replaced a set of chrome based
Bencher paddles that I didn't like at all. I definitely have different
tensions on the thumb and finger sides which couldn't be done reliably
with the Bencher.

Some years back I bought a W6AME Bushwacker single paddle that I still
have but is in the drawer. Even at their closest spacing, the levers
have a lot of play.

For a straight key, I have a Speed-X that I bought some years ago and
cleaned up. I also have a couple of J-38 keys and another military key
that I don't use much. The other military key is cabled up for the
Bayou Jumper.

I've not tried many more than that so I'm not very knowledgeable about
keys!

72, Nate

--

"The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all
possible worlds. The pessimist fears this is true."

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Re: Favorite Paddle, Key?

Donald Sanders
 

I have used many keys over the 60+ years of being a ham. 
While I have enjoyed several, I have kept my Lionel J38 and my Bencher paddle.
I lost two Vibroplex bugs, one was a gift from my Elmer back in 1955.
Someday I would like another original bug as I do miss using the bug.
Owning and using a key is like owning an automobile or motorbike/cycle.
Certainly a personalized liking and fortunately there are a large assortment to chose from

Dr. Don W4BWS

Ego is the anesthesia that deadens the pain of stupidity.



On Sat, Feb 3, 2018 at 4:54 PM, n5ib_2 <n5ib@...> wrote:
Far and away my favorite is a Brown Bros. CTL-B(a) straight key and paddles combo
Now this key is unique, hence the '(a)'  - there is not another one like in on the planet - you'll notice the arm of the straight key is solid brass, not the silver colored material of the original. I bought it from someone who was selling it to another party, and the key was damaged in transit - arm snapped clean in two. The intended buyer didn't want it, and it was offered to me as-is as the second responder.

A master machinist in our shop fashioned a replacement for me, milled from a solid block of brass.

This is my second CTL-B. The first I bought new and sold a decade later, confirming the proverb "A fool and his key are soon separated." Fast forward another decade until this one came into my life.

Others of my keys are at  <http://www.qsl.net/n/n5ib//Morse_Keys/>  most I still have, a couple have been sold off.

Jim, N5IB





Re: Favorite Paddle, Key?

Jim, N5IB
 

Far and away my favorite is a Brown Bros. CTL-B(a) straight key and paddles combo
Now this key is unique, hence the '(a)' - there is not another one like in on the planet - you'll notice the arm of the straight key is solid brass, not the silver colored material of the original. I bought it from someone who was selling it to another party, and the key was damaged in transit - arm snapped clean in two. The intended buyer didn't want it, and it was offered to me as-is as the second responder.

A master machinist in our shop fashioned a replacement for me, milled from a solid block of brass.

This is my second CTL-B. The first I bought new and sold a decade later, confirming the proverb "A fool and his key are soon separated." Fast forward another decade until this one came into my life.

Others of my keys are at <http://www.qsl.net/n/n5ib//Morse_Keys/> most I still have, a couple have been sold off.

Jim, N5IB


Re: Favorite Paddle, Key?

Charles W. Powell
 

I have a few keys laying around, and it sounds like our tastes are similar, Terry.  In the paddle category, I have a Vibroplex dual paddle chrome plated, but my favorite is the UR5CDX CT73.  Great key and I use it all the time.  For portable use I have a Begali Adventure.  Now sitting with my radio in Tanzania, I have a Bencher BY2 and an RJ2 straight key.   For straight keys here in the US, I have a Begali Spark, Begali Blade, Vibroplex Know Code, a Czech surplus key, a Nye Viking teardrop key, a Navy Flameproof, and the SKCC key.  My favorites are the Begali keys. For portable ops, I have a Birdy brass straight key.

72,

Charles
NK8O
5H3DX
VE3ISD

On Feb 3, 2018, at 2:00 PM, WA0ITP <wa0itp@...> wrote:

Just wondering abt the diversity of paddle and keys within the group.  Some of us have collections and some have a tried and true workhorse.

I fall into both groups, having 7 or 8 paddles, and two really good straight keys.  The paddles are 2 Benchers, a Palm Mini (Thank you Bert!), W5JH Black Widow, K8RA P-2, Bunnell Navy Flameproof, A Standard straight key, AZ SQRPions mini paddle, a Begali Simplex, and a UR5CDX  CT73MBL.  Most have stories behind them, provenance they call that in the world of antiques, I think.

The Benchers were obtained at hamfest for ridiculously low prices and I couldnt resist. Iv'e used them for years and like them a lot.

The Mini Palm has such a nice feel that I use it on the desk and bench as well as in the field.  It sports an homebrew base machined by a loong time good friend and co worker.

Jerry Haigwood, W5JH (SK) all around good guy, and a past Ocon presenter, designed, kitted, and sold his Black Widow.  I was fortunate to obtain one from an estate that needed some parts, and K5JS graciously sent me those, except for the magnets.  I ordered those and after assembley discovered that the Black Widow is indeed a nice paddle.

The Flameproof heralded my entry into the SKCC.  I made many contacts with it and it has the best feel of any straight key I've ever used.

The Standard came from the estate of W0DIA who was Mr Ham and Mr electronics in this area. He was a college electronics instructor, an avid DXer, and a great operator and builder. I'm honored to have his key in my meager collection.

An AZ SQRPions paddle, the Mini was designed by good friend Jerry Haigwood W5JH (SK). It was a very popular kit and also a very good paddle for portable use. I've pretty much beat mine to pieces, and may rebuild it someday. I've used it a lot and have enjoyed it over the years.

I cant recall where I picked up the K8RA P-2, perhaps I bought it outright.  It's is a very nice paddle. The finger piece spacing was a bit close for me, so I added foam tape to the outside of them and YEA, it became a very very nice paddle.  Unfortunately K8RA is now an SK, but his paddles will live on forever.

Now on to my favorites, the Begai and the UR5DX.

I've had the Begali Simplex for many years and have used it just about every day - great paddle, wonderful workmanship, and one of the very best paddles available.  Also the factory provides terrific customer (service seldom needed)  Piero has been super supportive of QRP and especially FDIM.  He's donates a couple of his high end paddles for several years now.  Can't say enough good about the Simplex, and it' was his least expensive offering when I bought it.

I've had my UR5DXUR5DX UR5DX CT73MDL is a pleasure to use (feels like the Begali) and is beautiful to behold (see attachments)  In use for abt a year and a half now, it has become my goto desk paddle.  I love the looks and it feels at least as good as the Simplex. I bought it the easy way - on the easy wayEbay.  Yuri maintains a store there. 

Usual disclaimers.

So, just curious, what paddles/keys are in your collections, which do you like the best, use the most often? Are you happy with one or two and don't have an addiction to gathering them like I do?

--
72 WAØITP
I love this radio stuff.
Back to the bench, Winter is too valuable to waste.
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com
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Re: Favorite Paddle, Key?

Tim N9PUZ
 

On 2/3/2018 2:00 PM, WA0ITP wrote:
Just wondering abt the diversity of paddle and keys within the group.  Some of us have collections and some have a tried and true workhorse.
.....
So, just curious, what paddles/keys are in your collections, which do you like the best, use the most often? Are you happy with one or two and don't have an addiction to gathering them like I do?

I'm not a great CW operator but I'm getting slowly better. I relearned with a used Bencher BY-1 which I still have and use. One year at FDIM I was fortunate enough to win a pair of Palm Paddles that have a nice feel to them as well. I have an original Te-Ne-Key that I bought at a hamfest just because I thought it was cool and I have a Hi-Mound straight key which has a nice solid feel that also came from a hamfest. I'm sure there are a couple of J-37 and J-38 knock offs around somewhere too.

I got my current favorite paddle last year. It's a Model SSP from N0SA and it has magnetic returns which makes it very smooth. It's better than my skills are worthy of using but I like it. It's fairly small and looks very nice along side my KX-2.

Tim N9PUZ


Re: Favorite Paddle, Key?

cornhusker
 

Begali Magnetic Classic paddle and Begali Spark straight key.  Also like Palm Micro for portable


On Sat, Feb 3, 2018 at 2:00 PM, WA0ITP
<wa0itp@...> wrote:
J u st wondering abt the diversity of paddle and keys within the group.  Some of us have collectio ns and some have a tried and true workhorse .

I fall into both gro up s, having 7 or 8 paddles , and two really good straight k eys .  The paddles are 2 Benchers , a Palm Mini ( T hank you Bert!), W5JH Black Widow, K8RA P-2, Bunnell Navy Flam e proof, A Standard straight key , AZ SQRPions mini paddle, a Begali Simplex, and a UR5CDX  CT73MBL .  Most have stories behind them , p rovenance they call that in the world of antiques , I think .

The Bencher s were obtained at hamfest for ridiculously low pr ices and I could n t res ist. Iv'e used them for years and like them a lot.

The Mini Palm has such a nice feel that I use it on the desk and bench a s well as in the field .  It sports an homebrew base machined by a loong time good friend and co worker.

Je rr y Haigwood , W5JH (SK) all around good guy, and a past Ocon presenter, de signed , kitted, and sold his B lack Wido w .  I was fortu nate to obtain one from an estate that needed some par ts, and K5JS graciou sl y sent me those, except for the mag nets.  I ordered those and after assemble y discovered that the Black Widow is indeed a nice paddle.

The Flamepro of heralded my entry into the S KCC .  I made many contacts with it and it has the best feel of any straight key I've ever use d.

The Standar d came f ro m t he estate of W0DIA who was Mr Ham and Mr electronics in th is area. He was a colle ge electronics instructor , an avid DXer, and a great operator and builder. I'm honored to have his key in my meager collection.

A n AZ SQRPions paddle, the Mini was designed by good f r iend Jerry Haigwood W5JH (SK). It was a very popular kit and also a very good paddle f or portable use. I ' ve pretty much beat mine to pie ces, and may rebuild it someday. I 've used it a lot and have enjoyed it over the year s.

I cant recall where I picked up the K8RA P-2, perhaps I bought it outright.  It's is a ver y nice paddle . The fin ger piece spaci ng was a bit close for me, so I added foam tape to the outside of them and YEA, i t became a very very nice paddle.  Unfortunately K8RA is now an S K, but his paddles will live on forever.

Now on to my fav orite s, t he Begai and the UR5DX .

I've h ad the Bega li Simplex for many y ears and have used it just about every day - g reat paddle, wo n derful workmansh ip , and one of the very best paddles available.  Also the factory provides terrific c ustomer (service seldo m needed)   Piero has been super supporti ve of QRP and especially FDIM .  He's donates a couple of his hi gh end paddles for several years now.  Ca n't say enough good about the Simple x , and it' was his least exp ensive offering when I bou ght it.

I ' ve ha d my UR5DX UR5DX UR5DX CT 73MD L is a plea sure to use (feels like the Begali) and is beautiful to behold (see att achments)  I n use for abt a year and a half now, it ha s become my goto desk paddle .  I love the looks and it feels at least as good as the Simple x. I bought it the easy way - on the eas y way Ebay .  Yuri maintains a store ther e.  

Usual discl aimers.

S o, just curious, what padd les/keys are in your collections, w hich do you l ike the best, use the mos t ofte n ? Are you happy w ith one or two and don't have an addiction to gathe ring the m like I do?

--
72 WAØITP
I love this radio stuff.
Back to the bench, Winter is too valuable to waste.
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com


Favorite Paddle, Key?

WA0ITP
 

Just wondering abt the diversity of paddle and keys within the group.  Some of us have collections and some have a tried and true workhorse.

I fall into both groups, having 7 or 8 paddles, and two really good straight keys.  The paddles are 2 Benchers, a Palm Mini (Thank you Bert!), W5JH Black Widow, K8RA P-2, Bunnell Navy Flameproof, A Standard straight key, AZ SQRPions mini paddle, a Begali Simplex, and a UR5CDX  CT73MBL.  Most have stories behind them, provenance they call that in the world of antiques, I think.

The Benchers were obtained at hamfest for ridiculously low prices and I couldnt resist. Iv'e used them for years and like them a lot.

The Mini Palm has such a nice feel that I use it on the desk and bench as well as in the field.  It sports an homebrew base machined by a loong time good friend and co worker.

Jerry Haigwood, W5JH (SK) all around good guy, and a past Ocon presenter, designed, kitted, and sold his Black Widow.  I was fortunate to obtain one from an estate that needed some parts, and K5JS graciously sent me those, except for the magnets.  I ordered those and after assembley discovered that the Black Widow is indeed a nice paddle.

The Flameproof heralded my entry into the SKCC.  I made many contacts with it and it has the best feel of any straight key I've ever used.

The Standard came from the estate of W0DIA who was Mr Ham and Mr electronics in this area. He was a college electronics instructor, an avid DXer, and a great operator and builder. I'm honored to have his key in my meager collection.

An AZ SQRPions paddle, the Mini was designed by good friend Jerry Haigwood W5JH (SK). It was a very popular kit and also a very good paddle for portable use. I've pretty much beat mine to pieces, and may rebuild it someday. I've used it a lot and have enjoyed it over the years.

I cant recall where I picked up the K8RA P-2, perhaps I bought it outright.  It's is a very nice paddle. The finger piece spacing was a bit close for me, so I added foam tape to the outside of them and YEA, it became a very very nice paddle.  Unfortunately K8RA is now an SK, but his paddles will live on forever.

Now on to my favorites, the Begai and the UR5DX.

I've had the Begali Simplex for many years and have used it just about every day - great paddle, wonderful workmanship, and one of the very best paddles available.  Also the factory provides terrific customer (service seldom needed)  Piero has been super supportive of QRP and especially FDIM.  He's donates a couple of his high end paddles for several years now.  Can't say enough good about the Simplex, and it' was his least expensive offering when I bought it.

I've had my UR5DXUR5DX UR5DX CT73MDL is a pleasure to use (feels like the Begali) and is beautiful to behold (see attachments)  In use for abt a year and a half now, it has become my goto desk paddle.  I love the looks and it feels at least as good as the Simplex. I bought it the easy way - on the easy wayEbay.  Yuri maintains a store there. 

Usual disclaimers.

So, just curious, what paddles/keys are in your collections, which do you like the best, use the most often? Are you happy with one or two and don't have an addiction to gathering them like I do?

--
72 WAØITP
I love this radio stuff.
Back to the bench, Winter is too valuable to waste.
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com


Re: 80 METER NET REPORT

w2sh@...
 

Thank you Wayne, NQ2RP,


And I apologize for having booted your callsign down to an ante-penultimate place in the alphabet.


Best 72,


Charles, W2SH

 


From: 4SQRP@groups.io <4SQRP@groups.io> on behalf of Wayne Dillon <wayne.dillon@...>
Sent: Friday, February 2, 2018 1:15 PM
To: 4SQRP@groups.io
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] 80 METER NET REPORT
 
Seconded!
Wayne - NQ0RP

On Fri, Feb 2, 2018 at 11:50 AM, <w2sh@...> wrote:

Although I managed being far down in the 40m and 80m net reports, there's no question but that 80m was the better band.  NØYJ was barely a 449, and everyone else was readability 5 and strengths ranged from 5 to 7. 


As often noted my extra 70 minutes of darkness helps my sig on transmission and your sigs on reception.  Your reception time makes it difficult to make my early QNI attempts heard above the multiple QNI efforts from stations within the 4SQRP heartland, so I only succeed when the din has mellowed.


I do think that it would be best for any NCS to adhere to establishing an initial list of as many QNI requests as possible before embarking on bilateral QSOs with successful QNIers.  A while ago I sent WQØRP a suggested net procedure in considerable detail, and might offer it again for use on these nets.


Importantly, I'm extremely grateful for this renewal of the 4SQRP HF nets; for quite a bit of time the Second Sunday Sprints were the Club's only on-the-air activity.  BIg TUs to Bill and Johnny!


72,


Charles (aka Chas), W2SH   




From: 4SQRP@groups.io <4SQRP@groups.io> on behalf of Johnny Matlock <jomatlock@...>
Sent: Wednesday, January 31, 2018 10:14 PM
To: 4SQRP@groups.io
Subject: [4SQRP] 80 METER NET REPORT
 
Good Evening all:
Another very good 80 meter net!! 
Please bear with me, I'm not used to working thru pile ups, but this is  good problem!! 

Check In's Were:

KV6Z BILL 
N0YJ BERT 
WA0ITP TERRY 
W0OTM MARSHALL 
WA9PWP PAUL 
W2SH CHAS 
 KG0YR DAVE 

Welcome to the two new check in's, W0OTM AND KG0YR. 

It was nice to hear all of you on the Net tonight.
Thanks to you all and I hope to see you at Ozarkcon in April! 
72 
Johnny AC0BQ




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QRP -  EFFICIENCY AND SKILL, NOT POWER. 
 
God Bless from Wayne Dillon - NQ0RP



FYBO-Hope to hear you this morning

Dean LaClair
 

QRV at the "little cabin in the woods"
K2 and KX3 ready to go, hope to power down to 1watt. It Zero here right now. Brrrr, got the heated jacket ready
72 all es GL
Dean K2WW

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