As many of you know, I’m a huge fan of the cootie key or sideswiper. I’ve been using one for years and all of my keys can easily be used as either a paddle or cootie.
Knowing that cootie keys are not the most popular way of sending CW, I’ve set out to produce a key that is wired as a paddle but is equally at home as a cootie, and most of all, it’s very affordable. It features my exclusive Torsion Bar action and unique laser cut lexan finger pieces with W1SFR cutouts.
With a simple stereo to mono adapter or by simply shorting the contacts underneath, you can switch back and forth from a classic paddle to a cootie quickly and easily. The key is fine brushed brass with a stainless steel base and has enough mass (even though it only has a footprint of 3″x3″) to stay put during use thanks to the rubber feet. A 3.5mm cable is included as well as a stereo to mono adapter.
Handmade with great care, this key will last a lifetime.
Typical waiting time is 2 weeks. Keys are sent via USPS Priority Mail and professionally packed to ensure safe delivery.
Here’s a video of my first version of this key. It doesn’t show the new finger pieces or the stainless base seen above in the photos.
TBCP (Torsion Bar Cootie/Paddle) $168 + $12.50 USPS Priority Mail Shipping