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Subject: [CQ-Contest] Foot switches
From: n4zr@contesting.com (Pete Smith)
Date: Mon May 6 10:42:12 2002
At 08:57 PM 5/3/02 -0500, Kelly Taylor wrote:
>Also, anyone ever come up with
>a useful function for additional switches on the fs?

TR Log lets you use a footswitch for a variety of functions.  you could 
wire the main switch to the ptt line of the rig, and then use the secondary 
switch for any of those, including a dupe check, starting a CQ, moving the 
rig frequency to the next higher unworked station on the bandmap, swapping 
radios, etc.

73, Pete N4ZR

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>From Gus Samuelson" <gussam@newcomm.net  Mon May  6 15:03:39 2002
From: Gus Samuelson" <gussam@newcomm.net (Gus Samuelson)
Subject: [CQ-Contest] Foot switches
References: <002101c1f30f$183574a0$0100a8c0@joe>
Message-ID: <007f01c1f506$d34c81e0$1606020a@gus>

Try You nearest Singer Sewing machine centre or look for an old
Dictaphone machine foot peddle
 both are very durable
have two switch contacts spaced well enough so that  even big feet
can handle 'em .... re-wire and le voila there it is.
Have had one for about 15/16 years never had a problem with it

Gus Samuelson/VO1MP

----- Original Message -----
From: "Kelly Taylor" <ve4xt@mts.net>
To: <cq-contest@contesting.com>
Sent: Friday, May 03, 2002 11:27 PM
Subject: [CQ-Contest] Foot switches

> Hi all,
> I noted with interest Richard's query about the FS2 footswitch and Dale's
> piano man solution. Interesting.
> I noticed the FS2 has the hinge at the heel. Although it seems to make
> sense, it's always seemed more fatiguing to my legs to have the switch in
> that position than to simply use my toes since the other way requires
> muscles all the way up to the knee.
> Has anyone ever experimented with non-footswitch, non-VOX alternatives? As
> touch typist, the heel of my hand never strays too far from the keyboard
> like Dale, I've been frustrated by having to reposition the footswitch in
> the middle of a run.
> Perhaps it's worth trying something that can serve both as an ergonomic
> (to keep the heel of your hand in the right position) and as a PTT device.
> hate VOX. Or perhaps a shoe like some bank tellers wear that contains a
> switch to set off the holdup alarm. Not sure if those are even in use
> anymore.
> Perhaps a pressure sensor on the back of the operating chair. LBTT, as it
> were. (Lean Back To Talk.) I often tend to lean back when CQing anyway.
> Then again, there's always the clapper. Clap once, PTT on, clap twice, PTT
> off!
> OK, that last one was TIC (tongue in cheek). Also, anyone ever come up
> a useful function for additional switches on the fs? Mine (a Wollensack
> dicating machine unit from Fair Radio Sales) has the main body of the
> footswitch as one (in my case, PTT) switch and two switches at each side.
> seems neat, but it also seems that any additional functions would have to
> closely related to the act of PTTing, since you're likely to do that by
> mistake anyway when you go for the other switches.
> Any thoughts?
> 73, kelly
> ve4xt
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