I switch back and forth between a Begali Graciella and a N3ZN ZN-5A.
Both are excellent. IMO, the N3ZN paddles are the best bang for the buck.
I also own a gold Bencher that has sentimental value, as I won it for
First Place in the last CW receiving contest held at Dayton (1990) and
it is engraved as such. As a paddle, it has way too much play in the
finger pieces for precise CW at a decent speed.
Brad Pioveson W9FX wrote:
> I hope that this isn't too far off topic! Knowing that contesters are among
> the top CW ops in our hobby, I cannot think of a better qualilfied group
> from which to seek info and opinions. I hope you'll share yours.
> With the 2007-2008 season about to open for serious CW contesting, I'm
> treating myself to a new set of paddles. For the record, I'm neither a
> purist nor a sadist! I currently use WriteLog or, as the need arises (or,
> the computer dictates), will resort to CT for the vast majority of my CW
> contesting. But, there is the occasion when one has need for a good set of
> paddles - especially if I'm out and about in the camper or roving and for
> those times when the PC or laptop isn't playing well.
> There are, of course, lots of choices these days, and, to be honest, I fell
> in love with the Begali 'Sculpture' at Dayton this year. But the cost of
> Begali products is a bit prohibitive. I'm replacing, or, at least,
> temporarily retiring my Bencher BY-2 paddles.
> Fully understanding that likes/dislikes in paddles (or scotch, women and
> cigars...) can be completely subjective, I'd appreciate knowing what you
> like (or, don't) and, if you can tell my why you feel strongly about any
> particular brand/model.
> 73, Brad, W9FX
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Barry Kutner, W2UP Newtown, PA
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