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Reviews Summary for Whiterook MK-44
Whiterook MK-44 Reviews: 24 Average rating: 4.3/5 MSRP: $16.95
Description: Pocket Mini-Paddle. Low cost & highly portable.
Product is in production.
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WA6MOW Rating: 5/5 Mar 6, 2015 15:24 Send this review to a friend
Cheap and it works.  Time owned: more than 12 months
I use it for portable ops. Just for fun I decided to use it as my fixed station paddle. I use poster putty which is a simple way to prevent your keys from moving. I can get along with it just fine and probably could use it permanently if I did not have a fascination with ham gear. I'm always trying something new.
WA7CS Rating: 3/5 Jan 17, 2015 13:53 Send this review to a friend
Backwards!  Time owned: more than 12 months
I bought this paddle about ten years ago exclusively for a Rockmite. I can recall being pleasantly surprised that the dit and dah wires worked at my first guess. Now, today, I decided to try the Whiterook on a different rig. Lo and behold, the action was reversed! Turns out that when the Rockmite was wired-up I got the paddle lines reversed.. After all this time,
I never noticed that the Whiterook paddle was bass-avkwards as well. Other than that, it works fine and has served me well.
KC1CGR Rating: 5/5 Mar 12, 2014 06:48 Send this review to a friend
Small, light weight and easy to use  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
This key is excellent for at home or in the field. It is a very simple and very easy to use design and is responsive and quick to use. The key distance can easily be adjusted using non-conductive washers, if desired, but I found that the from factory configuration was just fine and more than responsive to 15wpm sending. A standard 3-pole 3.5mm jack allows for easy hookup to any keyer.
WA7DUY Rating: 2/5 May 11, 2013 14:00 Send this review to a friend
Needs improvement  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I just recently acquired this MK44. It is extremely light weight but I find it impossible to adjust. You turn the plastic square taht the 2 levers are bolted to. So far I have been unable to adjust it so that one side is not shorted. If I should manage to get it adjusted it would be easy to knock it out of adjustment. The feel is also very soft and mushy.

While it is cheap and light weight I find the lack of adjustment to be extremely frustrating.
WA6MOW Rating: 5/5 Feb 20, 2013 07:31 Send this review to a friend
Durable and it works!  Time owned: more than 12 months
This little paddle is great for portable or fixed ops. I use poster putty to hold it secure. There are no adjustment but this little guy is perfectly usable the way it is. Why spend the money on a Palm Paddle when this paddle gets the job done for less than a third of the price.
W8ZNX Rating: 3/5 Jun 22, 2007 14:49 Send this review to a friend
usefull cheap tool  Time owned: more than 12 months
ive gotten
lots of use
out of this key

kick around
portable mobile ect
camping backpacking
dinghy camp cruising

would not take
an expensive key

for field work
its a sturdy
serviceable tool
no more no less

Mac dit dit
K0HPS Rating: 5/5 Dec 15, 2006 03:37 Send this review to a friend
Great backpacking paddles  Time owned: more than 12 months
The best backpacking paddles I have yet to try; very light weight, reasonably rugged, easy to use and a very fair price. I use the leg strap when I'm sitting up and hold it with one hand while sending with the other when I'm in my sleeping bag. If you look me up on QRZ there's a picture of me using my MK-44 at 10,000 ft.
KU4QW Rating: 5/5 Nov 13, 2004 06:48 Send this review to a friend
Great Paddle  Time owned: more than 12 months
This is the 3rd key I bought from whiterook, I use them all 3...But this one I use a lot. It's really light so you have to mount it some how, I took someone's idea and took the bottom off and cliped it in a small clip board, works great that way. This is such a great match for small qrp rigs with a keyer built into them, like the Norcal 40, or Sierra
VE3JXF Rating: 5/5 Dec 23, 2003 01:07 Send this review to a friend
Love it!  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
Hi - Its not brass & chrome & I'm brand new to HAM & thought a paddle might be the best way to learn CW - So, bought this one - Cheap - nice. Easy to use, forgiving & before I got it I've never heard CW except in movies & I've mastered 12 wpm in 2 weeks. Ok the paddle is sloppy from the .003" spacing guys I've read about, but it seems to me at 12+ wpm that its timing and rhythm that is the important ingredient.. Its light, its red, its tiny - I use one of the YL's hair elastics to hold it to a DVD case to be in harmony with the design philosopy - works for me!

EA1BP Rating: 5/5 Sep 23, 2002 17:46 Send this review to a friend
Its so tiny...but Its great!!!! I LOVE IT  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
The first impression when I got my MK-44 was...Wow! Because it was very very small. The stamp of the parcel was bigger than the paddle!! Hi I really like it!!
I didnt expect to find a Bencher, Vibroplex,...or any kind of those paddles...I look for a portable and easy to use paddle and thats what I find with this.
Its perfect to put in the box of my FT-817 and ready to go anywhere, anytime...I have my portable transceiver, portable antenna, and I think this is the best portable paddle you can find (Light, small and easy to use). What do you want for 16.50 $ ???? (Be honest)
This is the best meaning of simplicity and economy !!
Good product, better results!

73 from EA1BP/QRP
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