Speaking of Morse Code, I picked up my Bencher N2DAN Mercury paddle this past Friday evening at our monthly club meeting. It is beautiful, feels beautiful and looks beautiful on the shack bench. The only thing is that I have to look into getting new finger pieces. The current ones are a "glittery" blue. I don't mind the blue at all, but could do without the glitter. Does anybody know of anyone who makes nice wooden ones?
The Silent Key who owned this had a weird Molex connector coming off of it, and the cable itself was only about a foot long. I unsoldered that, put on about a 2 foot section of three conductor cable and the standard (now standard) 3.5mm stereo plug.
I immediately worked a few NPOTA stations and it feels just as good as my Begali. It's like using a touch key. The movement is so slight as to be indiscernible. I now have two sports cars sitting on my bench. I don't have a lot of other keys - a few straight keys and a few bugs and few other miscellaneous paddles. I fear that none of those guys will be seeing much action anytime soon!
72 de Larry W2LJ
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