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General Category => Technical Corner => Topic started by: gil on February 25, 2017, 09:15:37 AM

Title: QRPGuys Morse Code Paddle Kit Build.
Post by: gil on February 25, 2017, 09:15:37 AM
Title: Re: QRPGuys Morse Code Paddle Kit Build.
Post by: cockpitbob on February 25, 2017, 09:58:59 AM
Hi Gil, nice vid.
It looks like the QRPGuys improved their design.  I built one almost a year ago and it had a smaller base and no jack for the cable.  I had to solder wires directly to the boards.
http://radiopreppers.com/index.php/topic,1090.0.html
For mine I made a larger base so I could attach Velcro to the bottom (Scotch Fastener Extreme -  the really strong stuff) so I could stick it to my clipboard.

The new base extends past the tips of the paddles.  How do you like that?  I made my base a bit smaller.  It seems the larger base might protect the paddles from bending during travel.  I'm just not sure I wouldn't like to get my fingers a bit lower on the paddles.  Either way, I love mine.  Its sponginess takes a little getting used to, but it's small, weights nothing and works quite well.
Title: Re: QRPGuys Morse Code Paddle Kit Build.
Post by: gil on February 25, 2017, 10:04:52 AM
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It looks like the QRPGuys improved their design.  I built one almost a year ago and it had a smaller base and no jack for the cable.

It's a different model and they still offer the one you built. I still have your 3D printed bases waiting for a future build. This one is a bit too wide for my taste. We'll see how it fits on top of my MTR. I plan on sticking some 3M Dual-Lock on the bottom of the base and on my MTR and 1-Watter...

Gil.
Title: Re: QRPGuys Morse Code Paddle Kit Build.
Post by: Andywragg on March 08, 2018, 05:48:28 AM
I finally got my QRPGuys CW paddle assembled this weekend just gone. The paddle screws supplied were way too short for the task, but I managed to scrounge something suitable out of my parts bin. I've emailed them about it so they are aware.

I've started my intermediate license training and also started to re-learn morse  and did some training with one of the club 'elmers' achieving 80% copy rate at 20wpm for exercises 1 and 2 in the morse book. I also had a go at sending earlier (12wpm) this week but I found out that I was in the wrong mode for the frequency i had dialled in. Pity they don't tell you that you need a morse oscillator to send slow morse over 145.250 and use FM.
Any how - lesson learned. Here's some pics of full rig using a borrowed FT817.

 
Title: Re: QRPGuys Morse Code Paddle Kit Build.
Post by: gil on March 08, 2018, 06:39:22 AM
Your images are not showing up Andy...

Gil.
Title: Re: QRPGuys Morse Code Paddle Kit Build.
Post by: Andywragg on March 08, 2018, 03:18:52 PM
Pah......Photobucket want to start charging me to link my photos to other sites.


Title: Re: QRPGuys Morse Code Paddle Kit Build.
Post by: Andywragg on March 08, 2018, 03:20:41 PM
Last one
Title: Re: QRPGuys Morse Code Paddle Kit Build.
Post by: Sparks on March 08, 2018, 11:40:41 PM
Photobucket want to start charging me to link my photos to other sites.

There are many free alternatives:

https://www.lifewire.com/free-image-hosting-sites-3486329 (https://www.lifewire.com/free-image-hosting-sites-3486329)
https://www.thebalance.com/top-free-image-hosting-websites-1357014 (https://www.thebalance.com/top-free-image-hosting-websites-1357014)

P.S. I notice a paperclip adjacent to your two last posts. However I cannot see any photos.
Title: Re: QRPGuys Morse Code Paddle Kit Build.
Post by: gil on March 09, 2018, 05:07:47 AM
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P.S. I notice a paperclip adjacent to your two last posts. However I cannot see any photos.

Fixed.
Gil.