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Re: [CQ-Contest] Paddle Opinions?

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Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Paddle Opinions?
From: "Paul T. Antos" <wb2abd@roadrunner.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Oct 2007 08:11:00 -0400
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Good points by by responders to this thread.

It is especially true that you should probably stick to iambic if that's what 
you've been using. I don't really use iambic features, but I need an iambic 
paddle. If that's what you've been using, stay with that style.

I picked up the cheapest Begalli available at Dayton last year, only because I 
played with it for a half-hour and figure the longer fulcrum gives it a superb 
feel. I still can't believe I spent money on a new key! It replaced a Kent, 
which fits better in my trucks' ashtray than a Bencher ( for /M of course).

If you're serious about contesting, however, use the keyboard and learn all the 
stuff you can do with the keyboard ( tune VFO, swap VFO, RIT, etc. ). I've 
gotten quite used to not reaching for the radio, or anything else,  unless 
absolutely necessary. Paddles are used only when I futz something up on the 
keyboard, or need to respond to an unusual situation. Speaking of which, I did 
some serious damage to my left thumb. Although I'm right handed, I was 
unpleasantly suprised at how badly things go on the keyboard. Just as bad as 
using an alien set of paddles.

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