10th Anniversary Giveaway!

On April 30th, it will be ten years since the "W2LJ - QRP - Do More With Less" blog was born.

In appreciation for all who read this blog, I am going to give something away to one lucky reader. I have a new, mint condition, unused, complete sheet of fifty United States Amateur Radio stamps, issued in 1964 on the 50th Anniversary of the ARRL - Scott #1260. I am going to have the sheet matted and framed - ready for display on some deserving shack wall. All I ask is that you send an e-mail to w2lj@arrl.net - entitled "Blog Anniversary Giveaway". Include your name, call sign and mailing address.

Any Amateur Radio op worldwide can enter. I will package and ship the framed stamps to any destination that the United States Post Office will accept.

The names and call signs will be loaded into a software program such as RandomPicker on April 30th and a winner will be determined. The winner will be announced here, and then the framed stamps will be posted.

Good luck, and thank you for reading!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Pondering

I am pondering the possibility of acquiring a single lever paddle, possibly the Bengali Simplex Mono, with the palladium base.

I have always been more comfortable with single lever paddles, and have always used any iambic paddles that I have owned that way. I am not a squeeze keyer.

The Sculpture Mono would be great, but the price tag is too hefty for my wallet. Any of you readers have a recommendation for a good single lever paddle other than Begali? Maybe there's a good one out there that I am not aware of?

72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least!

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

The American Morse Bushwhacker is pretty good.
http://www.americanmorse.com/bushwhacker.htm

Also, the Sideswiper Net webpages feature some single lever paddles.
http://www.sideswipernet.org/keys/slideshow.php

Regards,
Alan G0RWB

George Sereikas said...

Larry, I haven't used a Begali Simplex Mono, but used to own a Begali Simplex Iambic. It is an outstanding key for the money. I have owned several Begali keys and currently have a Sculpture Iambic. You cannot go wrong. Honestly, they all operate verymuch the same, but the style, feel and form factor (and price!) varies. I would strongly recommend the Begali. Once you have used one, you will see why they are so well regarded. The workmanship and customer service is outstanding. Just my $.02. Good luck with your decision!

George
K2WO

Mike McShan said...

I, too, am a single-lever guy; my sending took a big upswing when I abandoned iambic keying. I will say that I also like the Bushwhacker paddle. It's certainly not as high-end as a Begali but is solid as a rock and works well.

73, Mike W5RST