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Author Topic: Plans for "Single Paddle Key"  (Read 636 times)
KM5WX
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« on: July 22, 2002, 10:13:58 PM »

Somewhere along the way in recent history I read over instructions on how to homebrew a single lever paddle using a hacksaw blade or similiar material. Anybody know how or where I may find the plans?
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WA0KZL
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« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2002, 06:43:24 AM »

A simple hacksaw blade will work very well as a single lever key.

Use the hacksaw blade as the grounding post, a contact on the right side as the"dit" and one on the left side for the "dah" contacts. (IF you are Right-handed)

Supports and adjustments to each can be fashioned to meet each operators own requirements or his construction abilities.

I built one (once), used a piece of 2x4 pine for the base, the contact points (brass screws)were mounted on wooden dowels screwed into the base and the hacksaw blade was fitted and glued into a split piece of dowel for its anchoring point. The paddle end of the lever was another piece of wooden dowel, slotted and glued to the end of the hacksaw blade.

Wire it up with speaker wire (or what-have-you), attatch an appropriate plug to match your keyer and you will be in business....

I used it for several years and still enjoy messing around with it ..
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