Two other "LineMaster" foot switches are reviewed on eham.net:
These can be purchased new, or can frequently be found used at flea markets.
I bought one of each in Dayton last year - in new condition.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Dennis Vernacchia" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Saturday, May 04, 2002 3:40 AM
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Heil FS-2 Foot Switch
> I just replaced a very comfortable, durable and ergonomically
> footswith that lasted me over 10+ years of contesting.
> After considering many switches including the Heil FS-2,
> here's one you should consider and why I chose it.
> Linemaster Model Gem-V2
> 860 974-1000
> Circular - Easy to hit from all angles
> Perfect touch - you can lightly rest your foot on edge of it
> and not false trigger but then a light
> additional amount of additional pressure
> keys it and no "cramped" or "tired" foot as
> the hours wane on
> Great Weight and Non Skid corrugated base - Will not move around too
> so no worry about it not staying in position.
> Nice appearance with chrome ringed edge and easy hit circular top target
> I expect it will easily last 10+ years for heavy contest use.
> You can purchase with or without cable. I found the supplied cable listed
> on teh web
> page to be too heavy and cumbersome so I installed my own thinner and
> very flexible
> cable and saved another $6 on the price.
> The Gem-V2 will cost you just under $30 including shipping/handling.
> Note: Since they normally have a $100 minimum, I requested my switch
> as a sample for 60 day evaluation and had it mailed to me at my work
> That way you avoid the $100 minimum
> You may also want to check with your contest buddies or club members and
> order enough to meet the $100 minimum order.
> I have no pecuniary interest in Linemaster Co. Products
> 73, Dennis N6KI
> On Fri, 3 May 2002 10:16:54 -0500 "Dale L Martin" <email@example.com>
> > >
> > > Have any contesters tried the new FS-2 foot switch? My FS-1 just
> > went
> > > belly up after 10 years of faithful service. It would be simple
> > to fix
> > > as the microswitch just needs replacing. But it may be time to
> > try
> > > something new.
> > >
> > >
> > I've had a hard time with the commercially avaiable footswitches.
> > I change my body position a lot during a contest.
> > Constantly trying to keep track of where the footswitch is in
> > relation to my
> > new foot position was a hassle.
> > Years ago, I took a 3' long piano hinge, a couple of springs, a
> > momentary
> > switch and two pieces of 36"x6"x1" (LWD) lumber and made my own.
> > Works
> > great.
> > 73,
> > dale, kg5u
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> Dennis Vernacchia N6KI
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