QRPGuys Iambic Mini Paddle w/Base – $20
This project is a small, iambic paddle with an integral base. It measures 2.0” wide and 2 3/4” long. You construct it from the individually routed PCB pieces, and after soldering forms a strong mechanical assembly. All the electrical circuitry is embedded into the pieces and forms the needed connections upon assembly. The paddle is a dual lever design with all stainless steel levers, contacts, and assembly hardware. Everything is included in the kit except the cable running to your transmitter, or transceiver. The kit also includes a 3.5mm stereo plug that you can attach to the cable of your own choosing. You also have the option of connecting to the PCB mounted 3.5mm jack with a male/male stereo jumper to your equipment. There are on-board jumpers to select traditional or reversed dit/dah orientation. The tools required are a soldering iron with a small tip, rosin core solder, #1 Phillips screwdriver, needle nose pliers, tweezers for the hardware, and a flat surface to work on. Allow a couple of hours or so to build. On a difficulty scale of 1 to 5, 5 being the most difficult, this is rated at 4.