20140206

Adventures in Morse Code

As a bit of a communications nerd, I have been wanting to learn morse code for a while now. Tried and "got too busy" many times. Finally, I got around to putting these recordings on a flash drive and hooked it up to my car. Now, as a captive audience during the commute to class, I'd listen to them. After a few listen times listening through the tracks, I started looking for purchasing or making an iambic paddle. As I currently don't have (easy) access to many tools, making one was slightly out of the question. Looking around online for a cheaper iambic paddle is hard. Many of them are more expensive than what I want to pay for a first paddle, in case I "ran out of time" again. On the other hand, I didn't want to get one that I'd want to replace if I did stick with it during the short term. I eventually went with the American Morse Dirt Cheap Paddle. I tend to agree with most of eHam's reviews.

Positives:

  • Well made
  • Inexpensive
Negatives:
  • Need to mount it on something, to protect the connections.
Other comments:
  • It does not come polished. This does not impact the function. Some of eHam's reviews say that they found some burrs that were uncomfortable, but I didn't find anything.

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