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QRPGuys Morse Code Paddle Kit Build.

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gil:

cockpitbob:
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.

gil:

--- Quote ---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.
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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.

Andywragg:
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.

 

gil:
Your images are not showing up Andy...

Gil.

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