Now that I have certain, um, financial transactions completed, I now have a little bit of spending money. I've sworn to not buy any new radios until the HF antenna is finished, which is a promise I have (mostly) kept. (I just couldn't pass up the Wouxun KG-UV8E that I found at the swapmeet a couple of months ago. Honestly, I didn't even try.) The antenna is mostly done, by the way. I'll talk about it when it's been used.
Anyway, I have a bit of spending money. So, I thought I'd replace my ancient set of Bencher paddles, which I got for my 16th birthday, as I recall, with something a little better. So, I wrote to Tony Baleno N3ZN, and asked if he had the key I wanted in stock. It turns out he does and it was only a matter of a day or two to get a custom engraved plate with my call. The key is a ZN-9RZ with a metallic white base and blue finger pieces and posts. It should be here this week. I can't wait.