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hombrew morse paddles

Now that I’ve got several morse code transmitters, I need a better way to key them than grounding a wire or toggling a switch. Looking online, I can see that like everything else ham radio, morse keys are ridiculously expensive for what they are, so I guess its good that I like building my own gear.

I started with a small scrap piece of red oak and some brass brackets and hardware.

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I used the steel ruler as the paddle lever. I drilled a hole in one end and mounted it between the two brackets.

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Next I drilled out the holes in the block and mounted everything for a test fit and continuity check.

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Once everything checked out, I took everything back apart and sanded the block and added two coats of tung oil to the wood.

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I put all the hardware back on the block and it was pretty much all done.

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I’ll need to find some rubber feet to add to the bottom to keep it from sliding around. I will probably cut down the length of the ruler and add some kind of grip to the end of the lever.

The next step is to build a keyer for it and test it out on the air.

 

 

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