I have now had a chance to actually use my new KXPD1 paddle and must say, I was pleasantly surprised. It works remarkably well.
I was operating from a chair in my back yard. I had my KX1 on my lap, resting on a pile of note paper, that’s all. No table to lean on, nothing but me and a chair. Perfect portable operations.
I found I needed to set my software in the rig to Iambic B and the CW speed to 14. Once that was done, operating was effortless.
Another advantage I found in operating with this setup was that I was able to practice receiving without writing down what I copied. This is a fantastic skill to master. I must confess I wasn’t able to sustain it though; it is very tiring mentally. But I will continue to develop this ability as it does allow you to travel and operate even more frugally. If I can dispense with the need for something like a table, operating portable will be so much more enjoyable.
Back to the paddle.
The spacings as built are fine, in my opinion. I found no need to reduce the gap on the paddles at all. The rubber grips are perfect and give the levers a nice feel. My fingers didn’t tend to slip or slide off during long periods of sending, which is great. They gave me a sense of confidence that I haven’t felt until now.
So overall, I am very satisfied with the paddles. They make a nice addition to the KX1.