I always take my Bencher paddle carry-on to prevent damage, and yes,
security people always ask questions. So what ? They ask what it is. I
tell them it's for sending Morse Code. Sometimes they swab it. Sometimes
they don't. Then they let me go. Never takes more than 2 or 3 minutes.
What's the big deal ?
On my recent trip to WRTC-2006 in Brasil, I took all cables, adapters,
accessories, paddles, etc. in a single carry-on bag. It was totally stuffed
with bizarre looking stuff. Except for DFW, getting through security never
took more than 3 minutes. DFW took about 10 minutes of swabbing. No big
deal. I feel better that they actually are seriously checking funny-looking
On 8/15/06, Jimk8mr@aol.com <Jimk8mr@aol.com> wrote:
> The multiple reports of Bencher paddles being examined by customs and
> security people is no surprise to me. I had one attract the interest
> of customs
> inspectors at the Toronto airport back in about 1980.
> However, if you are still lugging a Bencher around the world, I'd
> you look into a K9LU Bulldog paddle. I began using one for
> mobile contesting
> a few years ago, to avoid the potential problems of a Bencher
> flying around
> in case of an accident. It is much smaller, lighter, and for use as an
> auxiliary way of sending CW where a computer does most of the work, it
> does just
> fine. It weighs a couple of ounces, and packs quite nicely into
> a generic
> prescription drug container. In that packaging it won't fool an X-ray
> but would probably not attract attention of human screeners.
> I use the version with a magnetic base. There is also one with a suction
> base. That may be somewhat larger, but is still far smaller and
> lighter than a
> I highly recommend the Bulldog paddle for traveling.
> 73 - Jim K8MR
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