That's me .... W2LJ .... incredibly slow on the uptake at times.
For FOBB and again yesterday for the Skeeter Hunt, I ended up using my Whiterook single lever paddle instead of my American Morse Dirt Cheap Paddle. Not because I don't like the DCP, in fact I love its action and feel. The problem was that every time I would go to pick the paddle up with my big, hammy hands, I would inadvertently squeeze it and start sending unwanted dits or dahs.
This paddle is too good to not use - so tonight I had a "V8 moment" where I hit my forehead as the obvious solution occurred to me. And actually, I ended up killing two birds with one stone.
I carry my ear buds in an old Velamints tin. It occurred to me that the tin could do double duty - carry my ear buds AND serve as a base for my paddles.
I punched a hole through the top of the tin and secured the paddle to the top lid with a #4 screw, lockwasher and nut.
Now the tin does double duty, perfectly! And when I put my big mitts on the tin, I am no longer accidentally squeezing the paddle levers and generating unwanted Morse. Not a good thing in the middle of a sprint (or anytime for that matter!).
72 de Larry W2LJ
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