I have a 1-metre length cable between my Palm Pico and KX2. If not too cold, I use the Velcro leg strap (see photo) which works fine whilst sitting or standing. In cold weather I have the paddles inside my winter jacket side pocket on the metal plate. I rest my ring and little fingers on the plate to stop it from moving about when keying.
I made these of a relay
they work great and cost nearly nothing
See my QRZ page for more info.
The paddles and keys from americanmorse.com are well made and not expensive.
Try to visit my page ok1qo.com - wow - jambic, elekeyer with 4 memories, straight key! You are welcome!
73 de OK-land, Jan ok1qo
That is AAA cell to give a size comparison. £16.03 from a chap in CZ. I was a little concerned about the action as it uses micro switches, it works just fine.
FB Can you put a link for this CZ paddle please ?
73 Eric F5JKK
PS: the thread Replacements for Palm Keys was closed at 83 ! why ?
That’s the shop on eBay, looks like they have sold out. Has a website too.
Many thank’s Sean - 73
Hello all, we have also magnetic paddle MK2, with better gold plated contacts and 3.5 mm jack. Will be available soon, work in progress… I hope 20 PCs will be done next week…
73 Ondra OK1CDJ
Paddles from OK1QO are GREAT !!
Thank you for your compliment, Ondra!
Folks, see my “ok1qo dot com” for info and for contact.
We (ok1cdj and ok1qo) work parallel and in PEACE!
73 de Jan ok1qo
A single paddle is not necessarily simpler. If you look at the one palm radio used to make, it was more complex than a dual paddle. It had two modes: side swiper (wired like a straight key) and single paddle (left and right contacts wired to dits and dahs). And a mechanism to switch between them.
Obviously a Chinese copy - but …?
It’s typically Chinese disregard to intellectual rights. Buy it and be damned!
American Morse Equipment should be considered by those who desire an ultra small and lightweight CW key. I personally like my AME Porta Paddle-II, an Iambic paddle kit. They have a single paddle version called the Mini-B Paddle. It is a quality made device with a LIFETIME GUARANTEE! The base is drilled/tapped so it can be mounted to another base. Mine is mounted to an inexpensive clipboard, along with my KX2 and a log book. Makes it super-convenient to use on my lap for my SOTA activations. Reasonably priced as well.
I use the Te-Ne-Ke paddles. Very small, lightweight, easily strapped to your leg or mounted to your clipboard, nice design and almost a touch paddle feel to them:
Waste the money, It is a poor 3D print of the original Palm.
For a few more bucks you get a american morse paddle, for example.
I am using that also. I like it because I can hold it in the palm of my hand, and put my hand in a mitten instead of mounting it
Thanks for publishing your work on Thingiverse. I enjoy making 3D printed paddles, and have made quite a few of them for friends. This is the first one I’ve made using your files. It came out pretty well!
Some notes: I didn’t use a ball plunger for holding the key in open/closed position. Instead I used 5x2mm rare earth magnets (3 required). I just drilled out the holes and glued them in. Works great and I had them on hand.
For the center post I used a copper washer. I also skipped the audio jack and soldered the lead directly to the contacts. I used the lead from an old dead pair of earbuds and used the Y fitting for strain relief. A bit of hot glue, job done.
The key works great! I used Velcro to attach to my clipboard, but it was a bit wobbly so I printed a simple bracket and screwed it down. Nice and secure. Summit trials this Friday if I can still hike after eating 1/2 my body weight in turkey and stuffing =)
TU es 73!!
This is great ! It looks very nice. I am going to make some changes to simplify - i love the magnets. I may integrate that in the next release.