The MP-817 was specifically designed with the FT817 transceiver in mind, but it has a much wider use than that (all transceivers that have built-in keyer circuits) and indeed would be ideal
for normal base station use. It is a marvel of German engineering and craftsmanship. The paddle can be recessed in its powder-coated housing for travel,
slid into the operating position (as above), or removed to make adjustments to tension and paddle travel.
This paddle is perfect for travelers, backpackers and outdoor-QRP-fans.
NOTA : I use this paddle since June 2007 with IC-703 for portable operations (SOTA : Summits on the Air).