Electronics 1958 - 2000
gap of ten years, TW is 'back in business' with a brand new
product, the TW MagPad. The following information about this exciting
development comes directly from Tom Withers.
The TW MagPad is a precision
paddle at an affordable price, manufactured to the exacting standards
that you would expect from a long extablished and respected company. In
1960 TW Electronics Ltd commenced the manufacture of a range of VHF
equipment for the Radio Amateur, From the outset, quality was paramount
and, as winners of two major Manufacturers Awards, TW was proud of its
reputation for innovation, reasonable prices and after sales service.
MagPad has been designed by Tom Withers G3HGE, a CW operator for over
60 years and the driving force behind TW Electronics Ltd. The
TW MagPad could
be your key to more accurate and effortless sending. Every paddle is
personally tested by Tom and comes with a signed certificate. The
pictures above are of the final production version.
* Heavy brass finish steel base. Brass chassis,
bearing plate, levers and pillars.
* Micro fine contact adjustment. 4.5mm contacts
plated with 3 microns of 24k gold.
Tension is provided by Neodymium magnets giving a
and adjustable range of tension from approx. 10-60 grams.
Pivots are 3mm diameter silver steel mounted on four high
quality miniature ball races.
TW MagPad has laser cut
finger pieces, professionally engineered turned components, micro
threading of the contact screws and a pouch for the Allen key..
The TW MagPad is supplied with its adjustment tool and is covered by a
lifetime guarantee. It can carry your callsign on the bearing top
plate (no extra charge). The TW MagPad weighs 1 kilogram (2.2pounds).
orders or enquiries by email should be sent to:-
or by post to
Tom Withers ,
Woodpeckers , West Stow , Bury St Edmunds ,
Suffolk IP28 6ER .
Regrettably, because of the ever
rising price of brass and the increased costs on other items and
services, the price of the 2011
is now £123:00. First
Class post &
packing to a UK address is typically £6.00 for the UK (payment
via cheque to T.H.A.Withers
or cash or via PayPal) and
typically £10.00 for Europe but
for any overseas orders, please enquire about
post & packing charges, payment accepted only by cash or PayPal.
The current model has a slightly heavier contoured base, chamfered and
polished finger pieces and a highly durable lacquer is now
protect polished brass items against tarnishing
(new photos will be added a.s.a.p.).
on the button to watch a video about the TW MagPad (Video courtesy of Sandy G0VQW).
on the TW
The designer of the TW MagPad, Tom Withers G3HGE, donated one
of these magnificent keys to be used as the star raffle prize
at a First Class CW Operators Club (FOC) dinner
which was held in Milton Keynes during November 2012. This MagPad had
no special markings but it did have the Serial Number 00200 and was won
by Bob GU4YOX. The photograph above left (courtesy of Nigel G3TXF)
shows FOC Committee Secretary Roger G3SXW presenting Bob with his prize,
while the photo above right
(courtesy of Bob GU4YOX)
shows the MagPad in place in Bob's shack.