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Thread: CW Practice Iambic Paddles?

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Posted: 2022-12-28 02:57
I'm wondering if there's a Practice Iambic Paddle available for sale. Any leads greatly appreciated.


Posted: 2022-12-28 10:22

ebay eg.


$45 up . .

Read the reviews on eham :-



Or you could make one with some broken saw blades fixed into some wood with screws for the contacts.
or varios on youtube


If you just buy paddles you will need something to plug into.

A rig eg:-


or a keyer eg :-


Posted: 2022-12-29 20:10
Does your Xiegu allow keying without transmitting? If you already have paddles and a rig than use what you have.

Before that, can you copy all the characters or at least the letters and numbers? I tried learning CW when I got my ticket and could send 20wpm but couldn't copy so I gave up. Same thing happened last year. This time around, I made learning the characters my priority since I already knew I could send.

This website and moresecode.world helped me get to a proficient 10wpm in a matter of 2 months. Can do 12wpm with some struggle but time on the air will help you. I can now send 17wpm with a straight key but only do that with friends that know I need the spacing to copy. I had my first CW QSO last month and am now at over 100.

Everyone learns differently. Don't give up.

Posted: 2022-12-30 16:33
I hate it when people spit some random Ebay search urls without even checking if the results are in any way relevant.

The OP has not specified what he means by practice paddle. Do you want a paddle connected to an oscillator? Or a paddle that you can connect to a PC and check if you are keying the right characters?

I haven't tried it yet, but I am led to thinking that one of these Chinese Rockmite clones have a chip that allows you to connect a paddle as use the circuit as a poor man's oscillator. Ten Tec definately has electronic keyers that can also check for accuracy but they are very pricey.


Bear in mind these Chinese products tend to be rubbish but they are quite cheap and the components can be reused for spares.

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