[CQ-Contest] Footswitch Nostalgia & The Future
dx35 at hilding.com
Tue Jan 4 22:54:25 EST 2005
All this talk about footswitches has triggered old memories...
I thought Jim Neiger's eyeballs were going to pop out the first time we met
circa 1963 or so. He came over to my parent's house (rig in the
bedroom/college days). Not having "full" break-in, he watched me pump up
and down on the footswitch in between sending partial letters of my
callsign in a pileup. It was always breaking, moving around all over the
hardwood floor...scratching it..an old battered up small military surplus
footswitch, 'twas, and no idea whatever happened to it.
HOWEVER...I now have several footswitches...two being the 3-pedal X-Keys
switches...the ones you can program to do keystrokes, etc. In TR, I can
tune my RX RIT up or down with my feet while still typing, although need
more practice to be sure. These footswitches *are* "The Future",,,for a
lot of slick foot-operated hot-key combo triggers, etc. - either PS/2 port
or USB versions.
For those using the Awesome Morse Runner program, one of these puppies will
allow you to do the same thing...tune the RIT with your feet and not have
to move your fingers to the up/down arrow keys :-)
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