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Review Summary For : N3ZN. ZN-Minimite Iambic mini paddle.
Reviews: 7MSRP: 275.00
Iambic Mini paddle made by N3ZN.
Weighs 13 ounces and has a footprint of only 1.75inches by 1.75 inches.
Product is in production
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K6XX Rating: 2023-05-28
Same Superb Feel at less than half the weight. Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
After enjoying N3ZN's ZN9-RZ for a year and considering it the best paddle I've ever used, I stumbled upon the MiniMite at Dayton. I had no intention of purchasing another paddle because the ZN9-RZ is fantastic. However, after seeing the MiniMite and noticing that its "feel" was indistinguishable from its heavier brother, the MiniMite (with its four-foot mounting plate that prevents it from walking across the operating bench) will save me a pound and a half of luggage weight at WRTC this year--without any downside.

Heavy is generally good for paddles, but not when travelling by air. The MiniMite is solid and stable, despite its relative light weight. I bought it for one important trip, but it will remain in the shack as a worthy backup.

I'm not sure why, but my sending is more accurate with these N3ZN paddles than with any other.
K0XM Rating: 2019-02-05
Great Paddle Time Owned: 3 to 6 months.
I purchased the MiniMite as a Christmas Present, and have not regretted it for a minute. I use it mobile and it makes operation a dream while on the air. You cannot go wrong with ANY of Tony's keys.
NI0C Rating: 2016-02-17
Perfect portable paddle Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
On my last vacation trip, I carted along my ZN-SLR for use with my little KX1 transceiver. Although the Elecraft KXPD1 paddles work in a pinch, I wanted something better to use. But the SLR added three pounds to my luggage and took up some space, too!

After I returned from my trip, I purchased the Minimite, and practiced with it. It is a keeper! The KX1 and Minimite will now travel together with me in a Pelican 1170 case on future NPOTA trips.
K1EY Rating: 2015-11-12
Fantastic Little Paddle Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
I first saw these at the Huntsville Hamfest, I was very impressed at the build quality and feel of these paddles. I should have bought one on the spot but waited. This is just the right size and weight plus has threads for an 8-32 screw to secure it to surface if you feel the need. Tony was very nice and even hooked up a reverse cable since I use my right thumb for DAH. I received this today and am so thrilled I'm even using it instead of my Begali in the shack even though it will be paired with my portable QRP rigs. Do not hesitate to get one of these or the slightly larger and heavier QRP, you will be very happy.

72 and enjoy
KY6R Rating: 2015-09-16
Shockingly Great! Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
I still can't believe how fantastic such a small key feels. I expected it would be fine portable, but I like it so much - I don't know whether to use it all the time or try its bigger brother - because Tony makes some of the best keys in the world.

Plus - check out the colors and finishes. Hoo Haw!
VE9AA Rating: 2014-10-25
miniMITE great for a MINI COOPER Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
Communication w/ Tony was A-1--better than any ham product I have purchased in past 3 decades.
Packing was the best I have ever seen for a ham radio device. It was triple packed. Canada Post wasn't damaging this paddle any time soon !
Works FB. Smoooth. Love it.

I have it mounted in a 2009 MINI. (pix on CWops Yahoo page and MCC Yahoo page. Tony may put the mounting picture on his web page in the future, and he already has photo of the custom paddle on the miniMITE page (yellow one, far right, w/ callsign)

I will say even though he does give dimensions on his web site the paddles were smaller than I had envisioned....which in my case was a HUGE bonus as I was installing in a MINI COOPER. Base is a little light for shack use - - again, this is not intended for the shack. Might be OK for FD or expedition use, though only if you have light fist. (or you can weight or stick it down somehow. I have a heavy fist, so might not be the best judge for portable use....

All in all, very very pleased. Will be buying a larger one for my desk once I save up some loonies. Thanks Tony !!!

73 de Mike VE9AA & VE9AA/m
VK3CWB Rating: 2014-03-13
Simply magnificent! Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
This mini iambic paddle feels every bit as good as the bigger iambic keys Tony makes. It can be adjusted to a feather light touch, and takes up no space on the ham desk. It has a screw hole underneath for mounting on a heavier plate or on a table. It is perfect for field use.

It is by far the lightest, top quality, precision iambic key I know that is available for field use. It weighs only 13 ounces!

Manufacturing is the usual very high and super impressive quality that we have come to know from N3ZN.
This key has to be seen and has to be used to be believed.
It comes in any colour range that Tony has available. Check out his web site.
Tony is a great communicator and will work with you to suit your needs.

This mini key is an absolute joy to use! It is in all honesty simply magnificent!