Wednesday, September 18, 2019


As seen on eBay:

I had a set of Palm paddles.  They did not look like that - AND they came from Germany, not China.

I know that Palm has since gone out of business, but seriously - using their name like this smacks of the unethical in my book. If you want to say, "Based on the Palm Design" - I suppose that's acceptable, but don't advertise this so that someone who doesn't know any better might be fooled into thinking they're buying the genuine article.

From what I hear from Bruna Begali on Facebook, there are a Chinese manufacturer or two who have "borrowed" the Begali design for their keys. If you're going to shell out bucks, make sure you're getting the real deal and not a counterfeit. Yes ....... a counterfeit.


72 de Larry W2LJ
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  1. There is nothing to be said for companies who ride on the coat tails of the company who did the research and put in time an money to produce a quality product. The China knock off's are not even close to the real deal and I hope most people have caught onto this and don't toss their money down the drain.

  2. Anonymous2:24 AM

    Hi Larry,

    Palm Radio did not only produce twin-lever keys. They also had single lever keys in two different sizes (normal and pico).

    That said, you're right, they were a Germany-based company, which produced in Germany. So this is definitely counterfeit.

    72 de Dirk DB6EDR

    1. Dirk, I was referring to the red plastic. To my knowledge, Palm never used red - did they? Only black and perhaps gray, too? I might be wrong about that - but those red handles just caught my eye immediately.

      72 de Larry W2LJ

  3. Sadly, the online platform in question is packed full of such counterfeits, and one has to be additionally careful not to be sucked-in by flags proclaiming 'US-based', or 'UK-based seller', when scrolling to the seller details reveals it's actually a Chinese seller. We want Chinese stuff to be available, of course, but not on an underhand selling basis.