Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Went with the DCP

I broke down and ordered an American Morse Equipment DCP Paddle kit.  The XYL doesn't know it yet, but this will be her birthday gift to me.  I figure this way I eliminate two birds with one stone - I get something I really want / need AND I eliminate the need for her to go out shopping.

I'll let her know that when she sees a package from American Morse to just wrap it and hand it to me on the appropriate day.

I chose the DCP for several reasons.

1) Price point - with shipping, we come in under $50.
2) Size - only 2.5 Ounces, and very small footprint - 1 1/2 x 1 7/8 x 1 3/16 Inch
3) Reputation - American Morse has a good reputation and deservedly so. They use the best materials.
4) Reviews - Favorable reviews on eHam.  I know, reviews on eHam aren't always reliable; but they DO let you know when something out there is garbage.

Now I have to figure out what I am going to get my wife.  Her birthday is two days after mine - but I have a good idea of what she wants, so it should be fairly easy.

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


  1. Larry congrat's on your choice and with the reasons you outlined in the blog how could you go wrong....but do give a review of the key once you have it for some time and using it.

  2. Ditto...always looking for a good lightweight quality key to take on the road. Looks very nice!

  3. Anonymous12:01 AM

    I have two keys from AME. They are both excellent. I am certain you will enjoy your DCP. 73, Frank KA8SYV

  4. Larry,

    I have one and it works remarkably well. Ideal for portable work.

    It is very small and that is somewhat of a problem. Can be attached to a base plate.


  5. Hello Larry, light weight is a great avantage on holiday with a plane. I built myself a light weight paddle from wood and PVC in 2007, which I use with my FT-817 with on board circuit for a paddle. Last year we went to the Azores and had great fun with it. Good luck with the paddles. 73, Bert