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Author Topic: Paddle and Knob material  (Read 394 times)
WD7G
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« on: January 10, 2004, 02:11:03 AM »

I have made my own paddles for a Kent keyer using small slips of walnut. I created a gripping surface using checkering tools for gun stocks. Brownell's in Iowa carries these tools.

The grips looked very nice against the brass parts of the keyer, and were quite non-slip.
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VE7AOP
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« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2004, 12:17:00 AM »

I have three keys, all of them have flat, smooth plexiglass for paddles.  I would prefer a contoured paddle with knurling or dimpled surface.  To get a more positive grip or feel I have been using masking tape over the plastic.  This might make an interesting accessory item for someone like Morse Express - interchangeble or replacement key paddles for some of the more popular keys.
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N7DM
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« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2004, 03:16:28 PM »

"Now that you mention it...."    The little thin, closely spaced tri-angles on the Bencher were really hard for me.  I have a pretty good sized lunch-hook, and even after a couple of decades away from Bugs... I tend to move my fingers more than one that learned on an Iambic set-up.  I created two pieces of plexiglass...  1/4 inch thick.  About   3/4  by   1-1/2.  Using double sided scotch tape, I attached these to the OUTSIDES of the Bencher triangles... the  1-1/2 inch dimension vertically.  Then, I wrapped the new set-up with a layer of electicians tape.  Feels great!   Oh... for me... the spring tension was light. Two (2) wooden matchsticks live  jammed between the spring and the post... that increases the keying pressure a tad, and also is better...for me.
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K5PU
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« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2004, 11:08:22 AM »

Do you have a preference for the type of material used for the knobs and paddles on their keys/paddles?

I referring to the 'finger pieces', not the metal of the base/mechanism.

I'm just wondering if anyone has changed their fingerpieces from the ubiquitous 'plastic' type that is generally standard on off the shelf keys/paddles to something more unusual/exotic.

Was it just for asthetics or for a particular reason, a benefit for doing so?
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