Went with the DCP

I broke down and ordered an American Morse Equipment DCP Paddle kit.  The XYL doesn't know it yet, but this will be her birthday gift to me.  I figure this way I eliminate two birds with one stone - I get something I really want / need AND I eliminate the need for her to go out shopping.

I'll let her know that when she sees a package from American Morse to just wrap it and hand it to me on the appropriate day.

I chose the DCP for several reasons.

1) Price point - with shipping, we come in under $50.
2) Size - only 2.5 Ounces, and very small footprint - 1 1/2 x 1 7/8 x 1 3/16 Inch
3) Reputation - American Morse has a good reputation and deservedly so. They use the best materials.
4) Reviews - Favorable reviews on eHam.  I know, reviews on eHam aren't always reliable; but they DO let you know when something out there is garbage.

Now I have to figure out what I am going to get my wife.  Her birthday is two days after mine - but I have a good idea of what she wants, so it should be fairly easy.

72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least!
Larry Makoski, W2LJ, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from New Jersey, USA. Contact him at [email protected].

4 Responses to “Went with the DCP”

  • Peter KG5WY:

    Small footprint is good for the table, but I imagine it would have to be screwed down to prevend sliding around?

  • Del aj4em:

    sorry, but your wife gets to pick her present now.

  • Ernest Gregoire, AA1IK:

    This is a very nice paddle. I have one but I had to mount it on a 4 inch square piece of plexiglass to keep it stable. A clever ham can figure out a way to mount it ‘on the radio’ itself in need be.

    You’ll like this paddle, I’m sure!

    73 de AA1IK

  • W2LJ:

    Hey Pete,

    Small footprint because when I’m out in the field, more likely that not, I tend to hold the paddle base in my left hand and actuate the paddle keys with the fingers on my right hand. Yes, probably not the best way to do it; but it works well for me. And if I’m at a picnic table I can still hold the paddle down with my left and still key with my right hand.

    Definitely not good for a long contest; but for casual operating it’s good enough. If I decide to, I can always purchase a base for this so that I can use a leg strap if I decide I want to. I’ve never used a leg strap – I should try that some time.

    Larry W2Lj

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