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Reviews Categories | Keys & Paddles | ZACH Magnetic Iambic Paddle Help


Reviews Summary for ZACH Magnetic Iambic Paddle
ZACH Magnetic Iambic Paddle Reviews: 7 Average rating: 5.0/5 MSRP: $170
Description: The ZACH Magnetic Iambic Paddle summary: Short arms with a 1:1 leverage ratio, made from a lightweight alloy, four precision 624Z ball bearings, 925/000 silver contacts, finely adjustable contact gaps, magnetically controlled return force (repelling neodymium magnets used). Micro-threaded screws with position fixed using another security screw are used for all adjustments.

This twin lever iambic paddle is manufactured using NC machinery for excellent precision. The base is a solid (3.937" x 2.362" x 0.393", 2.2 pound) chunk of brass, topped with sanded finish, patina and a protective coating. This key uses a fully encapsulated construction, a separate block of 1.574 x 1.574 x 1.181" houses all mechanical elements - contacts and bearings are completely protected from dust and moisture. There are no separate posts to hold the precision adjustments for the contact gap and the magnetic tension - just one block of metal which will not vibrate no matter how hard you hit the paddles, and which won’t slide around on your table. The connection is accomplished with a cable with standard flat USB connector. An oval insert plate with engraved call sign is standard option (to be placed into the oval slot on the top). The ZACH Magnetic Iambic Paddle comes in a neat custom made wooden case with cable and two (1/4" and 1/8") jacks.
Product is in production.
More info: http://www.lc-variable.eu/index.php/morse-keys
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W0CP Rating: 5/5 Sep 13, 2016 19:03 Send this review to a friend
superb quality and value  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I have collected eight quality paddles over the years. This one is very cool and it has been in use since I got it. Here's what you need to know. The feel is excellent from slow to very high speeds, the design is unique and interesting, the quality is high - this is a precision paddle. The value is very high. The paddles I own that are comparable are double the cost of this one. The only negative for me was the payment process.
 
WB0OEW Rating: 5/5 May 16, 2016 18:59 Send this review to a friend
Excellent  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Nothing new to add really, just wanted to say mine arrived today and I like it very much. About 20 days from order to arrival. This is my first magnetic paddle and this was a nice way to try one out. It is small, classy, smooth action, easy to adjust and sturdy weight. I like a very light touch and this one does the job. The contact gap has a wide adjustment range and stays in place when locked. I can't tell much effect from adjusting the return force but it's fine. Included a nice bonus wooden case, wooden paddles, both 1/4 and 1/8 inch plugs and my call engraved on name plate. Excellent value for the money.
 
N9SW Rating: 5/5 Feb 8, 2016 09:11 Send this review to a friend
Excellent paddle  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
solidly built, just heavy enough to not easily be moved on the operating table. Adjustments stay put, and do allow very close spacing for QRQ work with some finesse in adjusting, easier for more normal spacing. Comfortable to use for long periods, and an attractive addition to a paddle collection. Worth the money!
 
OK1DTM Rating: 5/5 Oct 3, 2015 09:06 Send this review to a friend
Excellent  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
These paddle is better as any I have ever used. They have a very solid feel and are infinitely adjustable with the magnetic "springs".Connection is also very simple and the adjustment is very easy, all adjustable parts can be fixed in its position with the security screw. Is beautiful just looking at them sitting on my desk.
 
KD5HEH Rating: 5/5 Sep 21, 2015 16:02 Send this review to a friend
Expertly Engineered Paddle  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
What first grabbed my attention was the super high tech look it had, which is unlike that of any other key. It feels ergonomically perfect. My middle finger latched onto the narrow but solid base, putting my thumb an index finger at the perfect position and height to operate the natural wood paddles. The paddles do not get slippery like plastic or coated paddles. There are 4 thumb screws for adjustments, and 4 more to lock those adjustment screws in place. I was able to make the contact spacing extremely close without any bounce at all. The radio connection is made via an included cable with a USB connector on the key side and your choice of 1/8 or 1/4 inch connector on the the radio side. It is easy to make an extra cable from a standard USB cable and a stereo plug. The key has a very sturdy feel to it, plus the mechanical parts are enclosed. The engraved insert on the key with your call sign on it plus the custom wooden box are really nice extra touches. This is now my favorite key.

I purchased it via PayPal and the transaction and delivery went smoothly. It took about 3 weeks from when I ordered it to delivery. The guy that makes these keys in the Czech Republic was very attentive and he went out of his way to make sure that I was happy with everything.
 
N2DE Rating: 5/5 Sep 4, 2015 17:05 Send this review to a friend
Outstanding Bargain  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
This key has all the ingredients of a superb high performance paddle: light-weight arms with perfect geometry, professional high-precision machine work, finely adjustable magnetic returns. It has a dust-proof fully encapsulated design, and the sand blasted crinkle finish of the main components looks beautiful. Your call is engraved on the paddle, and it even comes in a nice custom-made wooden box - and all this for an unbeatable price!

The order and payment by PayPal went smoothly, and the package arrived in about 10 days by mail.

In actual use this key is an absolute pleasure. It is heavy enough to stay put, the wooden finger pieces provide a little flex and are warm to the touch, the magnetic returns and silver contacts are absolutely precise up to the highest speeds that I can muster (and I have no doubt to any speed that is humanly possible)

At this price it clearly is an unbelievable bargain, and you should order one before Slavek realizes how much he could charge for this beautiful precision instrument and still give the big names a run for the money ...

 
OK1RR Rating: 5/5 Aug 16, 2015 07:14 Send this review to a friend
Amazing!  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I am a happy owner of the original Mercury by N2DAN (#095 from 5/96). Almost 20 years of daily use of this unusual key affected my look on other keys and paddles. Although I can play almost any paddle, no matter if single or dual lever, I am known to be very critical to almost every paddle construction. My operating habits are very usual with palm edge and pinkie fixed to the operating desk, the paddle is manipulated with thumb and index finger. I prefer bigger, heavy paddles well sitting on my operating desk.

I was quite surprised with the smooth action and precise control of the arm movement. The adjustment is very easy, all adjustable parts can be fixed in its position with the security screw resulting in adjust-and-forget state. It is also easy to adjust a very little return force. The lightweight arms with reduced angular momentum do not exhibit any vertical movement. While operated, the paddle produces only little noise but has very nice tactile feedback, similar to finest Begali paddles. The tested initial version had big, thick and edgy acrylate finger pieces which are now replaced with wooden, custom made finger pieces with pleasant to touch surface. Although the paddle is not extremely heavy, sits very well on the operating desk.

Nice, professional look with a slight accent on the 'tech' aspect, hardly measurable contact closing resistance (even with my Fluke 289), insensitivity to temperature changes and mechanical shock, mechanical robustness, corrosion resistance are the characteristics of the ZACH Magnetic Iambic Paddle. And all at very competitive price!
 


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