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Reviews Summary for Elecraft HexKey
Elecraft HexKey Reviews: 13 Average rating: 4.4/5 MSRP: $179.95
Description: High performance Iambic paddle, gold plated silver contacts, molded acrylic finger pads, magnetic tension adjustment, adjustable contact spacing, powder coated steel base. Unique Elecraft serial number (Exxxx).
Product is in production.
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K7QO Rating: 5/5 Jan 20, 2005 18:03 Send this review to a friend
An Iambic Paddle of real value  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I have the paddle for 3 days now and have been on the air more than in the past year!! The only paddle that I have that is better is the Hensley and it cost me more than 2.5 times what the Elecraft paddle cost. I recommend the Elecraft without reservation.

It is much quieter than the old Mercury paddle with the hollow base and the powder coated base means I don't have to use surgical gloves to pick it up for fear of ruining the chrome plating.

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if you want to see a paddle from every angle up close and personal. Also found a quick dust cover to use and connecting cable. Serial #E095 in AZ.
W2RBA Rating: 5/5 Jan 20, 2005 16:46 Send this review to a friend
Excellent and solid  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I've had a number of different paddles in 40 years as a ham from a single-lever Vibroplex to a Bencher BY-1 and BY-2, to a Palm portable and a Vibroplex Iambic (to name a few) paddle but this paddle is the best yet. As noted in the previous review, the base weighs four pounds and is far less likely to move unless you literally *slap* the key; the mechanism seems quite simple, really, but then again *all* paddles are really quite simple when you get down to it. But all paddles aren't the same -- and this one allows minute adjustments which allow almost a whisper to activate it! It's really solidly built yet as sensitive as you wish and Bencher is to be congratulated -- and Elecraft too, for aligning themselves with Bencher. Serial E018 is definitely a keeper.
K8DD Rating: 5/5 Jan 20, 2005 13:16 Send this review to a friend
One great paddle  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
After trying the Bencher Mercury at Hamvention 2004, when Elecraft came out with the HexKey from Bencher, I took a chance on it. It appears to be the smoothest paddle I have used - it took awhile to get it adjusted, it would be nice if it had finer threads on the adjusting screws, but that is not a real negative at all because once you hit the "sweet spot" in the adjustments it is almost hard to make mistakes. The HexKey is not a portable paddle (weighing four pounds) that you would take into the field but I would say this is real quality paddle worth $300 that you can own for under $200. Serial number E00100 is a keeper.
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