Finally I just received last week my Elecraft KXPD2 keyer paddle that was back ordered since my purchase back in last May at the 2016 Hamvention. A nice addition to a mobile kit of course. Even if I do not use CW very often, I do appreciate to have a complete kit, and also to have an optimized setup by choosing excellent quality components. The KXPD2 is now part of my gears in my portable setup.
The major difference between the KXPD3 and the KXPD2 is of course the size. The KXPD2 is less smaller than the previous paddle version previously designed for the KX3.
Of course, by having shorter paddle means also that the mecanic pressure should be different than having longer paddle. But Elecraft did a great job on this. Even with shorter paddle, the pressure needed still extremeley smooth. The pressure needed is also extremely well adjustable. I already had the KXPD3, and with the KXPD2, I can tell you that I cannot see any difference on the pressure needed to trigger a DIT ou DAH. The mechanical parts are also well deisgned…. Elecraft did an excellent job on this one.
They also addressed the previous major issue they had with their KXPD3. The KXPD2 offer now an excellent contact mechanical system to avoid loosing DIT or DAH for many reasons already known. The 2 contacts for DIT and DAH on the KXPD2 now rely on 2 small soldered steel wires. So that way, the paddle contact system do not rely on moving parts like it was on the previous initial version of the KXPD3.
Caution must be taken with the 2 small steel wires. They are not so well protected against “loosy” fingers when the operator attach or remove his
paddle. The operator must avoid putting his fingers too much closer the paddle body where the wires are located. By moving a wire by accident, it could makes contact with the ground, and the KX2 will be stuck with a repeated DIT or DAH! Even an error message could appear on the KX2 display when turned «ON» : «ERR KEY». If you see this message on your transceiver display, you have probably a «short» contact on your paddle: check your wires! 🙂
The paddle body is also made with rugged and transparent well machined «lexan» style component. Like the previous model, the paddle is getting attached the same way to the transceiver body, by using 2 thumbs screws : easy to attach, easy to remove.
Again, there is an adjustement point per paddle related to the distance between the paddle and the contact point. The adjustment is very precise and let the operator use the paddle the way is really feel confortable with it.
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Jeff | VA2SS