OK, I absolutely agree.
I wish I could get back to participating on the big contests like CQ WW CW, but I’m afraid several thing are currently going on keeping me out of the ham radio hobby for most of my time.
Hopefully, I will recover some time for myself sooner or later and I’ll have the chance to get back to the good stuff like contesting, going out to the mountains, SOTA activating…
Sorry for having drifted off topic.
Let me get back to it by showing you a home made paddle I built some weeks ago and have recenty fine tuned. It works great for me. It’s been designed to be held with one hand while operated with the other hand, but I have managed to fit it between other heavier things in my shack and it doesn’t need to be held in hand anymore. I made it with junk box stuff, so at zero cost.