Re: Simple, small paddles?

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From: Gene Marshall (genem@hpswtgm.cup.hp.com)
Date: Tue Jun 21 1994 - 10:48:29 EDT


Craig writes:
> I've been thinking about experimenting with some small snap-action
> microswitches that I have laying around. I've had a couple of people tell me
> that they work pretty well as paddles, especially the ones with the long levers
> which extend beyond the body of the switch.

After reading the QST article, I built a set of these paddles (with long
levers) into a plastic Kodak film can (the small ~2" long can). I carved
out a small piece of packing foam to keep the u-switches (glued
back-to-back) centered in the can. To operate, I just uncap the can and
pull them out about half way to expose the leavers.

It sure is small and light for backpacking, but operating is 'different'
than the Bencher - that's for sure!

You'll have to get used to the different feel, mainly pulling your
fingers further away than you would on a key. It's great for a QSO here
and there, but don't hurry to make one of these for field day!

73,
Gene

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