CW Paddle for the KX2

I came across this KX2 paddle from the QRPGuys recently.  The price was right at USD 25.00, postage was USD 5.00, so quite a bit cheaper than the original one.  It’s made from soldered PCB material so it won’t be as robust, but it seems to work just fine so far.

It took about a week to arrive from ordering, I understand that they do their mailing on a Wednesday.

The instructions downloaded from the website were clear and straightforward, construction took about an hour.  Right at the start, it’s important to line up the PCB rear and sides nice and square before tacking together with solder.  Apart from that, the only fiddly bit was getting the screws, washers and spacers in place to hold the paddles in place.

At first it felt a but strange to use with the flexible paddles, but you get used to it pretty quickly.

I will report back when it has been used on a SOTA activation.  

It probably needs a cover for the paddles when it’s not in use to protect it from backpack rash.
For the moment, it is wrapped in some EPE foam.

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4 Responses to CW Paddle for the KX2

  1. VK3IL says:

    Glenn, I also bought one of these for my KX3. The main issue I have is where to keep the thumb screws so I don’t lose them! Any thoughts on this?

    • vk3yy says:

      Yes, I was thinking exactly the same thing! Maybe a couple of small circlips on the radio side of the thumbscrews to hold them captive?

  2. Paul Taylor says:

    Thanks for reporting, I have considered this unit. I saw this 3D printed paddle from Ben Hennessy on VK-Homebrew (f) the other day (hope this URL works):

    • vk3yy says:

      Hi Paul, Also saw the 3D printed one from Ben. That design originates from Thingyverse where the source files can be downloaded if you want to print one. It looks interesting. There are a few other paddles on Thingyverse as well, Google “Thingyverse morse”. Cheers.

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