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BaMaKey TP-III Morse Paddle

Hi Heinz,
As always a very simple and ingenious solution!!
It is more flexible than mine, but I´m planning to change my writing board by one made with thin steel and painted with epoxy powder paint.
Definetely It is better solution be able move the paddle right to the board to put it into the backpak to avoid levers damage and also to find the best angle depending the case, as you said.
Thanks for sharing Heinz I will show mine when finished.

Hi Jorge,
thanks for sharing your evaluation of that nice key and for allowing me to use it for the first time during our activation in EA2/NV-053.

Jorge, it is always a pleasure to go out with you, chat and feel in good company to face any adventure in the wild.
Excuse me the off topic, but just let me put an example of one of these silly adventures.

When we arrived in that summit, we faced a non common difficulty; the summit was fully occupied by horses.

We managed to find a clear spot and here you see Jorge ready to start the activation:

I separated and found another place for my station. When the activation was over and I joined Jorge back again, he was a bit disgusted. The paddle worked excellent for him, but those horses approached him during the activation and tried to chew the bright green supporting rope around his pole!

He needed to stand several times shouting and waving to throw them out!

Looking forward to our next adventure together.
73 de Ignacio


Hi All,

Received very quickly from Markus DL6YYM this nice mini paddle :+1:

Like Jorge @EA2LU I received the same gifts and XYL jumped to the sweet corner :candy: :rofl:

Many thanks to Heinz @HB9BCB for the idea !! :+1:

I find a steel washer but a bit bigger ø54/20x3.5mm

The Paddle does not move at all and I can reduce the notepad size now :wink:

Of a very high quality of manufacture and after the disappearance on the market of the famous Mini Palm I think that we will have to rely on this BaMaKey TP-III. I had no adjustments to make, it was perfect at the first time.


73, Éric


Hi guys Éric and Jorge…!

Thanks for sharing your feelings with your new BaMaTek TP-lll paddles… I agree with everything you guys have said. By far the best paddles I have used in over 45 years of hamming…

I glued a piece of metal to the IKEA breadboard that holds the paddles and the little rig. The 4 magnets on the bottom give a rock solid feel…

Here´s a pic:

73´s Siggi TF3CW


$199.00 USD for one shipped. Did anyone in the States ever get an answer on a CONUS distributor? 200 bones for a key is spicy in my book.


Re Possibility of a U.S. Dealer:

According to Markus DL6YYM, the current situation is as follows

  • Attempts made by BaMa Tech to find a dealer in the U.S.A. have failed
  • BaMa Tech continues to strive to make the shipping conditions of group orders as accommodating as possible. So the motto is that asking doesn’t cost anything.
  • Unfortunately, the supply chains of required materials and standard components are severely restricted due to the current situation on the world market, which in some cases leads to horrific price increases. So we can only hope that this does not have too drastic effects on the availability and prices of future product series from BaMa Tech.

73, Heinz

I’m game.

Here another happy user of this little jewel!
Thanks Heinz for sharing this key.

As others stated it is robust, well built, nice looking, clever designed and soft enjoyable touch.

It arrived fast in a week.

I hope they can keep gathering the raw materials and distributing to the ham community as it is an excellent choice for portable ops.

In order to hold it to my paper log I use a small metal pad that I just put in the back side of my paper log (without any glue), then the magnetic force from the paddle in the top side holds the metal without loosing and this way the key is kept in place.

After the activation I can release both the paddle and the metal pad to store them.

VY 73 de Ignacio


Mine is the No. 150 - all in gray … it is just great!

But - The key has a decisive disadvantage:

If I now morse crap… I can no longer blame it on the key :thinking:

73 Armin


Did you make the pads to record the data? Love the set up with the paddle.
John Paul // AB4PP

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Paddle support - Increase in the coefficient of friction

My universal flight deck, which is used with the KX3/KX2/MTR3B either directly attached or also separated from the TRX, has a paddle support raised by 12 mm with a width of only 26 mm. This is chosen because the flight deck also serves as a cover on the MTR3B.

The underside of the BaMaKey TP-III is covered with a clear protective film (part of the design), which results in just enough frictional force on the slightly too narrow and smooth steel support on my flight deck.

A significant increase in the coefficient of friction could be achieved when the steel support was also covered with a thin adhesive tape (e.g. 3M Scotch all-purpose tape, transparent).
This simple measure works very well, even if the paddle is exceptionally strongly angled so that only about “2.5 magnets” can be effective. (Patent application still pending, hi).


Two pretty little helpers are now available for the BaMaKey TP-III (or other paddles with magnets):

  • Clamp holder
  • Knee-strip

You can find these on the BaMaTech homepage under key accessories.


Thank you for your note Heinz!
I’ve ordered the Clamp holder later that day and received it just few days later.
And yesterday I made my first activation with it on DL/BE-003, and it worked great in a big pile-up.
Kudos to Markus DL6YYM, for those great products!
73, Mario DJ2MX (9A4MX,N0MX,E73DX)


Now everything is clear, Mario.
I thought to myself that the fun that could be heard in your keying could not only be because of the TP-III-red to TP-III-red QSO, hi.