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Author Topic: paddle cleaning  (Read 410 times)
W8VPW
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« on: November 09, 2003, 02:29:40 AM »

After purchasing a new paddle (kent twin paddle) I have found that it will sometimes stick and send one too many dahs or dits, any suggestions on cleaning or proper setting of contacts?
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« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2003, 03:11:39 PM »

Very light machine oil (sewing machine oil is good) on the pivoting/bearing areas.  Don't use anything abrasive on the contacts; plain old rubbing alcohol is fine for that.

That said, some iambic keyers have a built-in memory which enables the user to key a "dit" while a "dah" is being sent.  Such keyers are generally referred to as "Iambic B" keyers.  Keyers that don't have this feature are "Iambic A".

Check the manufacturer's information about the type of keyer you're using.
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« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2003, 03:12:59 PM »

Paddle cleaning..........?
Ouch!!!
Brings back memories of grade school.
I would assist the with cleaning the dust off the paddles occasionally, and those teachers back then never went easy on the contacts.  Smiley



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