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Ham Radio Activity => Telegraphy => Topic started by: VE4AKI on December 29, 2017, 17:49:06 UTC

Title: Brown Brothers Paddle
Post by: VE4AKI on December 29, 2017, 17:49:06 UTC
Hello all and best wishes to all in the new year.
I recently picked up another paddle for my collection. It's a Brown Bros. paddle of the early type sold in the late '60s. it's a UTL twin lever which means it was sold without a base. I have fabricated my own base and painted it with grey hammered finish. In researching this paddle I have come to think some of the adjustment screws may not be original. After some adjustment and use I think I like it better than the later design. I am attaching a photo of the finished paddle. Thanks for looking
Title: Re: Brown Brothers Paddle
Post by: GM0LVI on December 29, 2017, 18:30:33 UTC
You've done a really nice job on the base. Well done!
Title: Re: Brown Brothers Paddle
Post by: KA0USE on January 09, 2018, 07:41:06 UTC
i REALLY need to get a new brain.
how my brain works- i like the nautical theme- plank owners, ranks, etc. there's a masthead, very nautical. i'm thinking of all things being nautical, so-
i read about this paddle thing trophy and think it a paddle for a canoe!
i cannot believe i am allowed to walk in public.
and until earlier this past summer i did, in fact, own a very nice canoe, and yes, i did have paddles for it. they were not brown, nor did they have bases. they did look nice, though, even though they were not ash, hickory, yew or cedar. they were aluminum/aluminium with plastic blades.

i have a headache....
Title: Re: Brown Brothers Paddle
Post by: VE2TH on January 19, 2018, 23:46:22 UTC
Hello Charles,

Best wishes to you and yours for the new year.

Great idea for your CW Key, it is very nice JOB, well done.

It gives me an idea, about my Yaesu FT-817. I have this one for over 10 years now, and I read on the Yahoo group FT-817 (poll) that many hams have the same problem with the top cover of the radio.

Paint chip or flake right on top. So I need to know more about the "GREY HAMMERED FINISH, as it looks like the same finish of my top cover.

Do you have the brand of that paint ? and also do you know if they different color ? As the top cover has about the same finish but a bit darker.

Thanks for any help it would be very much appreciated.

By the way I heard you on 20 meter, last week  around the QRP frequency. So I will look for you for a good QSO.

Best 72 Michel VE2TH
Title: Re: Brown Brothers Paddle
Post by: VE4AKI on January 20, 2018, 17:09:58 UTC
Hi Michel. Thanks for the kind words. The paint I used was a Tremclad product called Hammer finish charcoal grey. I think I got it at Canadian Tire. It is a good match for the finish on some Kenwood transceivers, close but not identical. I have used it for a number of projects for the shack. I also used it to paint the wheels on my old Mazda Miata hi hi. I'm not sure but I think it may come in other colors. I have heard you as well and I think we have worked in the past. I monitor 14060 a lot so will listen for you. Hope this helps------------------Tom VE4AKI
Title: Re: Brown Brothers Paddle
Post by: VE2TH on January 23, 2018, 21:32:47 UTC
Hello Tom

Great, I have found the Tremclad hammered paint at Canadian Tire, for my ft-817ND top cover, and I'm in the process to sand it with a soft sand paper.

I can't wait to see that job done, but I take my time to do a nice Job, like your paddle base.

Will let you know of my progress, once finish.

72, Michel VE2TH

Title: Re: Brown Brothers Paddle
Post by: VE2TH on February 06, 2018, 00:22:57 UTC
Hello Tom,

Great success with Tremclad hammered paint for my ft-817ND cover.

It looks like new.

Thanks for sharing this product with us, it may apply for any other projects

72, Michel VE2TH
Title: Re: Brown Brothers Paddle
Post by: VE4AKI on February 11, 2018, 17:37:40 UTC
Hi Michel. Glad it worked out for you. I've also had good luck with Tremclad semi-flat paint for painting aluminum. Once the piece is ready to paint I wet sand it with 400 wet and dry paper, wash it in very hot water, dry it quickly and paint it with automotive primer BEFORE it cools off. Once the primer is dry use the semiflat Tremclad. This combination seems quite durable and matches very well to a variety of
commercial finishes such as MFJ. Would love to see photos of any of your homebrew projects. When the bands are poor I'm usually in the shop building something.
73 for now---------Tom