half an hour's practice and I reckoned I could give it a go on the air.
DJ3EF was the poor guy on the other en of my feeble attempts!
so, first impressions?
a bit of practice and I'll get the hang of it, definitely less painful to use than straight key, but its a bit too springy. and if I release the handle it can swipe across and thump the other side.
I need to damp it's travel.... maybe a little foam rubber?
for a 1st prototype, I'm very pleased, but work still to do!
I'm thinking about another direction, with a solid vertical bar with a switch on each side. that'd loose the springiness, but the switches would need to be very free moving........
on the air yesterday and today?
OK1PGS/AM was my first aeronautical mobile contact. just an exchange of calls and sig repts, so I don't know what he was flying, and he doesn't have an email addy on QRZ.com to ask him.....
the long distance stuff?
delighted to break a pile up and get my first into Tajikistan