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Re: [CQ-Contest] Paddle Opinions?

To: Zack Widup <w9sz@prairienet.org>, CQ-Contest@contesting.com
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Paddle Opinions?
From: Dennis McAlpine <dbmcalpine@earthlink.net>
Reply-to: Dennis McAlpine <dbmcalpine@earthlink.net>
Date: Thu, 18 Oct 2007 10:31:25 -0400 (GMT-04:00)
List-post: <mailto:cq-contest@contesting.com>
I, too, have been using a Brown Bros paddle for many years and it has been a 
joy to use.  But it is suffering from too many Field Days, CQ WWs, etc. and is 
now in need of replacement.  

At a recent FOC gathering in D.C., we had an exhibit of a number of different 
paddles and I had a chance to try them all, including one little paddle made 
from a paper clip (it worked well, too).  We did not have the Chevron paddle 
from the U.K. but did have most of the others.  I was particularly impressed 
with the Begali paddles with their magnetic return (we had two of them on 
display, a Signature and a Sculpture), and both were a joy to use.  I have kept 
my eye out for one on the various web sites but apparently those that have them 
don't want to get rid of them.  Maybe, it's time to break down and go for a new 


Dennis, K2SX

-----Original Message-----
>From: Zack Widup <w9sz@prairienet.org>
>Sent: Oct 17, 2007 10:45 PM
>To: CQ-Contest@contesting.com
>Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Paddle Opinions?
>I also have been using an old, by now rather beat-up, Brown Bros. paddle 
>for years.  I love it.  It "takes a beating and keeps on bleating." :-)
>Seriously, it has withstood many head-first dives off the table onto 
>concrete pavement during portable operations and didn't even show signs of 
>being damaged.  I have the model with an iambic paddle and a straight key 
>on one base.  I don't have to go digging for the straight key on SKN that 
>73, Zack W9SZ
>On Wed, 17 Oct 2007, Leigh S. Jones, KR6X wrote:
>> I use an old, beat-up Brown Brothers twin-paddle key purchased
>> second-hand that has been durable through 35 years of journeyman
>> guest operation and Field Day operation.  They are no longer
>> available as new.  I often see paddles that could be excellent
>> replacements, but have never had a reason to buy one.
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