So the Mini palm paddle won the Oscar and was chosen. It seemed to be a nice size and from the measurements would fit in my Pelican carry case were as the Bengali key would be to large and it was a heavier key as well. The original plan was to have the palm paddle as a stand alone key but as we all know plans change....I began to think about mounting it on the KX1. This would mean some changes to my storage plans as well as some additional thought had to be put into where and how to mount the key to the KX1. As I looked at the Palm paddle and the KX1 the only place it seemed to fit was the left side and just ahead of the D.C power connection. The right side space was used up with the headphone jack and antenna hookup. The plan now was to go the hardware store to pickup some 4/40 nut's bolts and washers to mount the key to the side of the radio. As I said earlier "plans change" While at the hardware store I was directed to a two side tape called No more nails. The tape is good to -40 C to +120 C, water proof and virtually sticks to just about anything. Using the tape meant there would be no drilling in the side of the KX1. The base of the Palm key adhered with the tape very well to the side of the rig.
|Paddle based attached to KX1 base.|
|Exposed pins on connecting cable|
|New shortened cable|
|Both connections had exposed wires.|