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Securing cw paddle

I have a Palm iambic paddle.

I hold the body in one hand and operate the paddles with the other.


I use a 7" tablet for logging, with a leather cover. At the bottom end, I put a small metal strip, the magnet of the Palm Pico paddle holds it to the tablet. So I’m holding the tablet with the attached key in my right hand and keying wit the left hand.

73 Jens

I use a small WT8 straight key. I have velcro on the base of the key and velcro on the top of my lithium battery pack. The battery pack is about the same size as a slim paperback book and forms a stable platform that I can sit next to my rig. So long as you have a space on your rig, clipboard, battery pack, etc. the velcro should work. Effective, almost zero weight, quick to attach/remove, works in the wet.

Though, often just hold the key in my left hand.

I did briefly try a Palm Paddle with magnetic base which sat on top of my FT-817 quite nicely. However, if the soft case is on the 817 this didn’t work and I didn’t want to have to take the cover off every time I used the rig.

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I started with the hold the paddles with left hand, sent with right method. Now I fasten it to the board with 3M Industrial plastic “Velcro”. The interlocks are mushroom shaped. It holds the key EXTREMELY tight and firmly. Zero movement. I also hold the pen between my fingers to write and send. It is very automatic for me. I jot down the callsign and then immediately respond with their callsign and RST. While they are sending my report I write the QSO time and my RST. It works for me but your mileage my vary. Just try a few different styles. I’m sure you will find one that works for you.
Tim - K5DEZ


This is my take on CW paddles. Hi Mound Manipulator with HB weather shield and Velcro ended boot laces attaching the key to my right leg.


Now that you have been truly immersed in ideas, here comes another one. I went to the market and found a clip board with a wire clip on it. I removed the clip and re-positioned it to the right side as I am right handed. I then mounted my Whiterook model MK-33 on a 1/8th inch plastic base that was the same size as the base but longer on one side than the key. I then cut a groove in the longer side of the plastic base so the clip on the clipboard would hold the key stable. I have been using this for several activations and had great luck with it.
good luck with whatever you decide to do. They all sound like great ideas.

I strap a KX2 to the left leg. The Begali Adventure is mounted to the KX2. On my left hand is a phone that I use for logging with Outdlog, and sending out spots using SOTAGoat

Ariel NY4G

I’ve several SOTA rig go-kits: KX2 package, ATS4a kit, (3) MTR2 kits, (2) MTR3-kits with various antennas + mast choices …depending on the summit, WX and how long I plan to stay and play radio. I’m a big fan of the neodymium magnets as a fastening method for my paddles with the exception of the KX2 which has the finger screws. (Red rescue tape on finger screws …easier to loosen and red heat shrink tubing on cold aluminum paddles nicer to touch keeping fingers warm!)

On the MTR2 below my homebrew paddle is held on with magnets

Same here on the MTR3b below my homebrew paddle is held on with magnets

Here same magnetic attachment but with different homebrew paddle.

Same here on older MTR3a below with painted Palm Pico and silver button finger pieces.

Magnets hold 3D paddle to plastic case lid on MTR5

Finally on a very early kit-built MTR2a my wood paddle held on to Altoids tin with magnets

Yes I know way too many QRP rigs to chose from before going on a SOTA
but the wife has 5-saddles for one horse? …So! 73, Steve/wGOAT