Palm Pico Morse Paddle PP
The Palm Pico Paddle continues to set the standard for portable operating. The baby brother of the famous Mini Paddle, the Pico Paddle will be just perfect for the use with the new micro-radios such as those developed by Steve KD1JV.
We supply it with the optional magnetic base that allows it to be attached to your radio. Treat yourself to the best in portable paddles for a lifetime of pleasurable operating. Supplied in rugged carry case with paddle, base and lead.
- Paddle can be retracted into the housing and is thus optimally protected during transport.
- Rigid square cross-section housing, for maximum versatility and protection. Available in black or silver.
- Case size only 15 x 15 x 50 mm or 0.6 x 0.6 x 2 inch (WxHxD) - the smallest series production paddle in the world!
- Weight only 14 grams: with PP QuickMount complete only 27.3 grams.
- Two separate adjustment screws per paddle allow individual adjustment of spring tension and contact gap.
- Firmly seated with no play in the paddles.
- Gold-plated contacts ensure long life and reliability.
- Travel Case, Connection cable with 3.5 mm jack plug, PP QuickMount with integrated Allen key and instructions included.
The new connecting cables for the Pico Paddle are very thin, but robust and flexible. They have a length of 70 cm (2.3 feet) and carry one 2.5 mm (1/10 inch) plug on one end, the other end has a 3.5 mm (1/8 inch) plug for connection to the transceiver or keyer.
This mounting kit is designed to attach the Pico Paddle in a stable and ergonomically correct way to your Elecraft KX2/KX3. It is mounted to the front with two countersunk screws in the middle of the radio. If the key is not being used, it remains in the "park" position. To operate, the Pico Paddle is simply pushed out of its protective housing and rotated to the desired working position. The angle here is freely selectable. You can align the key to the right, but also set it right to the middle of the KX2/KX3. In the design of the bracket we were also thinking of the left-handed, you can just as easily swing the key to the left side. The Pico Paddle is connected by a highly flexible braided cable with a crimped 4-pin connector and is plugged into the front "Key2" jack of the KX3 - thus no cable in the way. See video below for details.
To attach the Pico Paddle perfectly on FT-817, the Mounting Kit MK-817 can be used. A PP QuickMount (without the anti skid pads) is screwed to an existing thread of the FT-817 with the supplied mounting materials. The Pico Paddle is then mounted "upside down". A suitable tilt stand is indispensable - e.g. we recommend the Palm "Peg Leg". The connection of the paddle uses a thin and highly flexible cablewith the very small "Pico Paddle special plug" (Palm Radio's own miniature 2.5 mm stereo jack) on one side, at the other end there is a 3.5 mm stereo angle plug mounted. The cable runs to the rear at the bottom of the FT-817 and is plugged into the "Key" jack of the radio, this allows comfortable CW operation without a disturbing paddle lead in the way. See video below for details.
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Received in record time, around 24hrs from order to delivery and that was during the Xmas break, I have used this company before and their customer service and reliability is top-notch.
Lovely bit of kit, slightly frailer than expected but I am very pleased with it, it's nicely made, very well designed and goes with my mtr-3b and ft817 a treat, though bear in mind that the paddle won't clamp firmly to the mtr with the same vigour as it attaches to the ft817. I'm sure that some simple modifications will resolve this but I'm happy using the paddle while detached from the mtr so not a deal breaker by any means.
I bought the Palm Pico Paddle to use with my MTR3B, and as backup to the Elecraft paddles for the KX3. I had wanted to get these for a long time, and thank Richard for offering them at the best price I've seen.
The Pico is even smaller and lighter than I expected; the weight is hardly noticeable! The paddle action worked fine for me as delivered, though I may tinker a bit with the included Allen wrench.
A bonus was discovering that any side of the paddles housing can be inserted into the base, which contains 2 strong magnets and some holes for attachment alternatives. This means that when you attach the base to an object, the paddles housing can be inserted into the base as required to maintain proper orientation; they won't be sideways or upside down if attached to the side or bottom. Brilliant!
I bought the single paddle pic. I love its design, if it had a metal chassis would be almost apple like in its neatness and great design.
I find it really easy to use personally but then it matches my technique well, almost prefer it to my Begali in fact.
Perfect for SOTA
Too Early yet to comment on operation but fitting to KX2 was perfection.
Fantastic service from Richard and Sotabeams, obtaining fixing bracket from Palm In record time over the New year. Super service as always.
Sold my original Palm Keyer with the FT 817 ....Bad Mistake.....Now purchased a replacement as original badly missed .....a great little piece of equipment....... a joy to use.
I bought this little key to work with my Elecraft KX1 for Portable working.
When you look inside you wonder how is this worth the price paid?
However, it is how it works and integrates with my set up that defines its value.
It is a joy to operate and precisely adjustable with the little Allen Key that is included. When Operating, it has a very nice feel and fits in perfectly with the ethos of working /P.
Fantastic Service yet again from Richard. I would highly recommend The Palm Pico Paddle and Sotabeams.
There are two ways to mount this to the MTR. I stuck the adhesive magnet to the right side of the radio. The mount is magnetic and easily sticks to the magnets. It's easy to take it off when you want. A Dremel tool was used to make a dimple in the plastic so it fits over the screw on the side of the radio.
The other way is to permanently screw the mount to the side of the radio. You will need to get a slightly longer screw to do this. You'll still be able remove the key from the mount, but you won't be able to use it on another radio because you need the mount.
This is an excellent little paddle, perfect for field QRP work. The magnetic base makes it uber convenient to use. It has a great feel, is easily adjustable, and the paddles are protected when not in use by retracting into the body. The convenient storage box is a plus, also, though my key is presently in service all of the time.
Easy to fit to the 817 (need the fixing kit) and a pleasure to use.