Quantcast

KX3 - New Begali CW Paddle Prototype

classic Classic list List threaded Threaded
3 messages Options
Reply | Threaded
Open this post in threaded view
|  
Report Content as Inappropriate

KX3 - New Begali CW Paddle Prototype

stan levandowski
Yesterday I got to examine and use the prototype Begali "KX3 paddle".

  I think a more accurate way to describe it would be to say it is
"KX3-Friendly".

  It is *not* a direct replacement for the KXPD3 as
  many of us had expected.  It has been designed in modular fashion so
that
  it can become "friendly" with *any* rig.

  I have to say, this is one cool product.  The more I studied and
  played with it, the more I liked the entire concept. It's simply
ingenious.
  And cute to boot!   I understand that the theme behind the concept
  was to produce a high quality, virtually indestructible key that would
travel well and
  play well with *any* manufacturer's trail radios and portable rigs as
well
  as shack-installed radios.

They are going to call it "The Adventure".

  So what they created was an ample "docking base" into which the
  paddle slips for "home station use".  There is a cord with a 1/8"
stereo
  plug.  At home, the paddle can sit on the operating desk, connected to
a
  shack-installed radio just like any other paddle.

  For KX3 use, the paddle slips out of the base and is mated to the KX3
with two 4-40
  slotted, stainless thumbscrews. The Adventure has a short cable that
terminates in
  a 1/8" stereo plug which goes into the left side KEY jack on the KX3.
  Thus the front key input on the KX3 is not used.

  I can foresee many handy ham homebrewers coming up with all sorts of
custom brackets to
  secure the paddle to their non-KX3 trail radios and portable rigs.
  The dual thumbscrews provide the mechanical mount and the 1/8" stereo
  cord assures compatibility with all trail and portable rigs.  In fact,
I
  understand that they plan to offer a bracket option to allow this
  paddle to be attached directly to the KX1 also.  The paddle "module"
itself is really small
  and light enough for backpackers.

  The mechanical design is rugged.  It does not look like much could
ever go wrong with it. This is a magnetic return key and
  the magnets are on the bottom.  The prototype has brass posts but the
  production version will be gold.  The paddle fingerpieces are metal
  and the production version will also be metal.  This paddle felt "just
  like a Begali" -  smooth, consistent, and substantial.  It felt very
much
  like my Begali Traveler Light on which I have metal fingerpieces.
  Unlike the KXPD3 which comes out of the KX3 "straight", the Begali
  has an elegant upward sweep.  The penalty for this European flair is
  that the Begali extends outward from the KX3 a little more.  The
  prototype also had swivel and tilt so it would accomodate left or
  right handers, and the upward sweep could be reduced for use in the
  docking base.

I was dying to take a picture but decided it would be crude to ask.  I
was thrilled just to have it as a guest in my house for the afternoon!

  I understand that they have worked out the design for a single lever
  paddle for those of us who prefer it.  I got the impression that
  production could begin within 6 to 8 weeks.

  I asked how much one would cost me...and the answer was "not cheap".
But I guess I already knew that ;)

I certainly intend to purchase the Adventure but I'm keeping my KXPD3
also.   The KXPD3 gives me the option to keep it plugged into the KX3 at
all times, set to my usual 22 wpm.  I can use the side KEY input for a
bug or straight key.  This way I'm ready for "anything" that pops up,
from a legitimate FISTS number exchange to a surprise DX CQ from someone
with little patience for my slow and choppy straight key fist.  When
you've got a long call like mine, some speed helps a lot ;)  If there is
any downside to the Begali Adventure, it's losing the use of one of the
two menu-customizable key inputs on the KX3.  I wish this were not so.
But I realize that any design process is really just an exercise in
managing compromises.

  For the record, I am not employed by the Begali Company.

  73, Stan WB2LQF
______________________________________________________________
Elecraft mailing list
Home: http://mailman.qth.net/mailman/listinfo/elecraft
Help: http://mailman.qth.net/mmfaq.htm
Post: mailto:[hidden email]

This list hosted by: http://www.qsl.net
Please help support this email list: http://www.qsl.net/donate.html
Reply | Threaded
Open this post in threaded view
|  
Report Content as Inappropriate

Re: KX3 - New Begali CW Paddle Prototype

pkhjr
Any idea of cost?  Can you post pictures?

73 Tex
ka5y
Reply | Threaded
Open this post in threaded view
|  
Report Content as Inappropriate

Re: KX3 - New Begali CW Paddle Prototype

stan levandowski
In reply to this post by stan levandowski
Sorry Tex, but I didn't want to be crude and press Ulrich for a cost
after his initial response to this question was, simply,"not cheap!"
Nor did I want to risk embarassing him into having to admonish me for
snapping a picture of a product in development.  I'm just a "half-fast"
CW op who is friends with Ulrich and Piero and I want to keep it that
way ;)

So for now, best cost estimate is simply, "not cheap".  If you use the
current Begali catalog of product prices as a guide, a good guestimate
might be an "exchange rate"  of about two and a half to three KXPD3s for
one Begali Adventure.

73, Stan WB2LQF

On Fri, Jul 20, 2012 at 12:31 PM, pkhjr wrote:

> Any idea of cost?  Can you post pictures?
>
> 73 Tex
______________________________________________________________
Elecraft mailing list
Home: http://mailman.qth.net/mailman/listinfo/elecraft
Help: http://mailman.qth.net/mmfaq.htm
Post: mailto:[hidden email]

This list hosted by: http://www.qsl.net
Please help support this email list: http://www.qsl.net/donate.html
Loading...