For those who tried to chase me up on Mt Pilchuck today, I’m sorry for the problem I had with the keyer. After two contacts, random dashes, no dashes, and then strings of dashes started happening. It was intermittent, and the paddle wouldn’t do anything at times. I twisted, poked and prodded to no avail. Finally the radio didn’t recognize the paddle at all, and I surrendered. Holding the paddle sideways I worked it as a tiny straight key as best I could. It was slow, and it was ugly!
At home now, everything works fine. The cable and paddle are good, and the radio works fine - even after sitting on a bed of ice cubes here for a couple hours. It was about 36 degrees up there and sunny. The radio was sitting on a snowy ledge on the rock in front of me. My best guess now is that I got some snow into the rig through the key/paddle socket.
As a famous ham once said “After all… tomorrow is another day”!