QRPGuys Single Lever Paddle w/Base – $25
This project is a small, single lever 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 single lever design with a stainless steel lever, 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 3.