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Author Topic: BY-1 sending mistakes  (Read 1398 times)
VA7CPC
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« Reply #15 on: July 10, 2017, 09:14:27 AM »

FIR -  Verblen had it right.  $500 and up for two SPST switches  Roll Eyes

Well, they really look pretty! <g>  And they're $500 worth of "perfect".

But at the low end:

Mount two J-38 keys (or Ameco K4 knock-offs) base-to-base, on a vertical bracket.  Adjustable bearings and tension, silver contacts. 

Get a vintage paddle.  The home-brew designs are often up on eBay, and inexpensive (they're not "collectible").  Here's a good example of a very nice early design (this one _is_ collectible):

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Autronic-Morse-Code-Telegraph-Key-Ham-Radio-Keyer-Electrophysics-Corporation-/222576229416

Speculations:

When KC5ILR figures out a design for a paddle, in plastic, with ball bearings, it will be interesting:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Lightweight-Micro-Orange-Morse-Code-Telegraph-Key-MADE-IN-USA-/162563579171

I don't know if there are any "3-D printer" paddle designs.  It would save a lot of fabrication work, and plastic-on-steel-ball bearings (like the Black Widow, which used brass-on-steel-ball) would work fine for a paddle.

As sometimes happens, you can trade-off money for imagination.

.        Charles
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