I have been keen to continue my journey with CW, the only problem was that I didn’t have a keyer or paddle on the FT-991. After much deliberation and numerous missed opportunities I found a used CT-22 Iambic Paddle on eBay. It was offered at a great price and I won the auction.
The details provided on eHam.net:
CT-22 dual lever paddle has matte-black base that measures 3-1/8″ square and the paddle stands 2-1/8″ tall to the tip of the fingerpieces, and the total weight of the paddle is 1 Lb 6-1/4 Oz. The paddle combines a double-polished natural brass, clear plexiglass fingerpieces, matte-black steel base, SILVER CONTACTS. Spring and bearing tension are easily adjusted on each side, and the contacts can be set for very narrow spacing. Each paddle has a brass plaque stamped with the serial number and year of manufacture. Each paddle is supplied with pre-connected shielded cable and both a gold 1/8″ plug and a 1/8 to 1/4″ adapter.
The paddle arrived yesterday afternoon well packaged and looking great. I plugged it into the FT-991 and there were no problems.
I decided it needed a clean up before I start CW in earnest, so out came the cloths, many Q-tips, some screwdrivers and the beast was stripped down and cleaned. I am totally amazed at the improvement….
The next step is to lightly oil the moving parts and then follow the book “Zen and the Art of Radio Telegraphy” (which I can highly recommend). All being well, I will have enough time in the coming weeks to break through my mental barrier and embrace CW.