Re: More paddles and keys ...
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Eric, yours is a beautifully crafted key! Wow! I am very impressed.
Today I cut out some finger pads for my DIY Dual Lever Paddle.
I attached them to the levers with 4-40 pan head brass screws.
They are made from 1/8" thick model airplane plywood.
The insulation pads were cut from plastic mayonnaise jar lids.
I think it has a "Steam Punk" feel to it. ;-D
It rests on 5/16" thick rubber feet.
On Mon, Nov 11, 2019 at 3:05 PM Eric KE6US <eric.csuf@...
Very nice work, Ken. I'm also a minimalist when
it comes to making keys. I made this left-handed bug about 3
years ago with a drill press, common hand tools and lots of
sweat. The base is a piece of 3" copper bus bar an electrician
friend gave me. The brass parts are round and bar brass stock
from a local supplier. The knurled screws came from old keys and
Ace Hardware. The spring steel spring for the dots is a piece of
0.010" feeler gauge. Silver contacts from an old relay. Lots of
aesthetic compromises when dealing with simple tools as you well
know, but it is a very satisfying key to use. As smooth as my
Speed-X 520 which, unfortunately, is right handed.
Ordered a QCX this morning. Looking forward to
using this key with it. Hope I don't have to wait for the slow
boat from Turkey that is bringing my QLG1 to make the return
trip to fetch my QCX.
On 11/11/2019 3:47 AM, Ken KM4NFQ
Thanks for you kind words David, K8WPE.
I started work on the DIY Dual Lever Paddle by drawing a
couple of diagrams.
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