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[CQ-Contest] Bencher Paddles & Customs/TSA

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Subject: [CQ-Contest] Bencher Paddles & Customs/TSA
From: Jimk8mr@aol.com
Date: Tue, 15 Aug 2006 20:44:14 EDT
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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  
inspectors at the Toronto airport back in about 1980.
However, if you are still lugging a Bencher around the world, I'd recommend  
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  
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 machine 
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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