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Author Topic: Paddle recommendations?  (Read 1208 times)
K3GHH
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« on: July 27, 2013, 04:27:08 PM »

The old pickup had a cloth bench seat and column shift, so my home-shack Bencher paddles worked fine just sitting on the cloth upholstery. The new truck has bucket seats and a floor shift lever, exactly where my right hand naturally falls... Any recommendations for a good set of iambic keyer paddles? I'll have to fabricate some kind of mount or support, probably so they sit to the right of the shift lever and about at the same height.

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K6LCS
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« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2013, 07:15:31 PM »

How about one strapped to your thigh?

http://electronicsusa.com/mk.html

I do not own any of these ... just remembered the concept from a pilot friend of mine.

Clint Bradford, K6LCS
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« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2013, 11:55:53 AM »

I use a palm mini paddle fastened to the bracket that holds the rig control head.  The way it's positioned my hand rests comfortably on the seat during use.  When not in use the paddles retract into its housing for protection.  Having a "sensitive" paddle that you'd use on your desk I've found to be both bulky and when you set it up gap and tension to be used in a high vibration environment, a waste of a good paddle.

http://www.mtechnologies.com/palm/mpaddles.htm


Mark K5LXP
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« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2013, 03:30:34 PM »

I use LTA paddles in the car and like them because of the stiff action and the olive wood finger pieces. The wooden finger pieces are nice because they don't feel too hot or too cold like plastic or metal can. Unfortunately LTA is out of business. If I were to buy new paddles they would be Bugali because they are very easy to adjust and don't have a myraid of springs and locknuts and things to come loose and get lost in the vehicle.

My installation:
Directly in front of the six speed stick shift lever there's a little cubby hole and on top of that is mounted a piece of wood with eight rubber feet to secure the paddles from moving about. The stick shift lever is in the way when in 1st gear but otherwise it's clear keying.

2012 Kia Soul
TS-480 at 200 watts
Tarheel 40A screwdriver
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