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Author Topic: mag mount for the Palm-Mini Paddle  (Read 1203 times)
WA4IIF
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« on: January 09, 2010, 09:53:16 PM »

I have the Palm Mini-Paddle and the Quick-Mount with Quick-Mount magnets.
 
Are there any potential problems using the Quick-Mount magnets to attach the Palm Mini-Paddle to the side of my ICOM-703 Plus?

Here are my concerns: once it's on, (1) difficulty removing the magnetized mount from the transceiver side and/or scratching the chassis in the process, and (2) magnetic force interference between the magnetized mount and IC-703 Plus circuits (solid state or otherwise) or software?
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« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2010, 04:59:50 AM »

Take a look at the Palm Paddle Portable Key Base in the "Articles" section of my website.  Works great.

Phil - AD5X
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AE4RV
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« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2010, 05:40:43 AM »

Great articles, Phil. Thanks.
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« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2010, 08:56:09 AM »

Phil:

Thanks for the base plate idea. Do you have any thoughts about me using the mag mount to connect the paddle directly to the side of my rig?

Chuck
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« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2010, 02:47:43 PM »

"Do you have any thoughts about me using the mag mount to connect the paddle directly to the side of my rig?"

I played around with rig-attached keys for awhile, but decided it was never as convenient as when the key is separate.
Phil - AD5X
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« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2010, 06:33:41 AM »

I wouldn't be worried about the magnets affecting the radio in any way.
Also there shouldn't be any concern about scratching as the magnets are
inside the base and I if I recall correctly there are small pads on the bottom of the base itself that should protect the radio.

I took a similar approach to Phil's and created a legstrap mount for
my Palm using a stainless steel Cross Country ski scraper and some
nylon straps with buckles. See the link below for details.

http://www.qsl.net/ve3wmb/palmlegstrap.html

I have another version of this that I use for table top portable that
just uses the scraper along with the same rubberized shelf liner that
Phil used in his design.

Michael VE3WMB
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« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2010, 02:53:30 PM »

I use the Palm-Mini Paddle with magnetic mount on my FT-817 in the car and it works great!

The magnets allow you to reposition the paddle easily as required.  It has rubber pads (as mentioned) which prevents any damage.

I have the Ft-817 mounted on the centre console between the front seats, with the paddle sitting on top of the rig.  My arm rests on the centre console arm rest and the paddle is perfectly placed for comfortable sending.  Then my hand doesn't have to move far to the tuning dial.

The Palm-Mini Paddle is great for sending smooth morse code.

Regards
David
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« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2010, 07:41:53 PM »

Thanks to all for your comments.
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