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[TenTec] THE paddle for keeps...

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Subject: [TenTec] THE paddle for keeps...
From: mitch96@pobox.com (The One and Only!)
Date: Sat, 02 Oct 1999 20:37:31 -0400

John - G3JAG wrote:
> Do I detect a hint of a problem here ?? I'm very happy with my March
> paddle, but when I first set it up I had an "auto-dit" problem, even
> though the spacing was not that close.

 hitting the paddles too hard or too enthusiastically finds out if there
is a little unwanted
> "play" in the vertical pivots. If there is play, then the contact
> spacing becomes extremely critical. The contacts may in fact close down
> to zero gap if one of the pivots has side float in it.

                Hi John,
        You hit the nail on the head with the vertical pivot play comment. More
expensive paddles have no or very little play. that is why you pay so
much for these devices. Closer tolerances to provide better performance.
This is evident when you take a Mercury or hensley paddle, adjust it
then LIFT IT BY THE PADDLES. The adjustment stays. Some people adjust
their paddles once and forget it. 
It would be nice if we could just use two bits of hacksaw blade, a cork
and a base of wood, eh?

73, mitch ww4ml
lost in the ethers again..

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