[CQ-Contest] Contesting keyboard

Jeff Stai wk6i.jeff at gmail.com
Tue Jun 28 15:13:05 EDT 2016

If your current keyboard requires pressing an Fn to get to the F keys, look
around for a setting that inverts that, so that the F keys don't require
Fn, but whatever the other function is does. I've found a setting like that
is sometimes hiding someplace.

My keyboard is currently the wireless Microsoft Arc. Since I use more than
one keyboard I like the small size. And even though there are only six
"official" F keys available without an Fn press, you can remap a lot of the
unused punctuation keys to a function, and the Home/End/PgUp/etc. are also
usable. In fact I find I use the remapped punctuation keys around the Enter
key more than I use the actual F keys.

Hope this helps - 73 jeff wk6i

On Tue, Jun 28, 2016 at 10:55 AM, Michael Adams <mda at n1en.org> wrote:

> I used a Steelseries Merc Stealth gaming keyboard for a while, because of
> the programmable buttons, but gave it up due to realizing I was more
> dependent on the Ins/Home/PgUp/PgDn/End/Del key block (not present on that
> device) than I thought.
> Now I use a Logitech G510 keyboard, plus a G13 "gameboard".  The layout of
> the programmable keys isn't as ergonomically friendly as the Merc Stealth,
> but the G510 does add a discrete USB sound device that might be of use in
> some situations.
> All of those keyboards are corded, but I have had no RF issues with them
> (although I do, out of habit, put ferrite beads on every USB cable in the
> shack).
> They're probably overkill for most contesters, but they spare me from
> wasting brain cycles trying to remember some keyboard shortcuts, and make
> it possible for different programs to have the same keystrokes to do the
> same jobs.
> Now, if all you're trying to do is work around a pesky laptop keyboard,
> where you think you have to press Fn+F1 (instead of just F1) to call CQ,
> you might not need the extra keyboard.  AutoHotKey can handle key remaps,
> although you might have to do some research/experimentation to determine
> the codes needed to meet your particular situation.
> --
> Michael Adams | mda at n1en.org
> -----Original Message-----
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> Martin , LU5DX
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> To: n6bk at yahoo.com
> Cc: CQ-Contest Reflector <cq-contest at contesting.com>
> Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Contesting keyboard
> Hi Bob,
> I use a Steelseries APEX 350.  It doesn't have Cherry MX switches, it is
> not wireless, but it has plenty of macro keys: a total of 88.
> But actually, since every key is programmable you can have more than that
> if needed.
> It uses the Steelseries Engine, through a GUI that makes the programming
> of the macro keys very easy.
> You can create different profiles and have them ready for each contest, or
> logging software.
> You can do SO2R very comfortably, Instead of having to press two or three
> key combinations for certain functions, you just need to press one.
> 73,
> Martin LU5DX
> On Mon, Jun 27, 2016 at 6:52 PM, Bob Kupps via CQ-Contest <
> cq-contest at contesting.com> wrote:
> > Hi can anyone recommend a good keyboard for contesting?
> > Ideally I would like it to be wireless, mini, backlit and have single
> > purpose function keys (ie not requiring pressing a fn key first). But
> > all suggestions welcome.
> > Thanks! Bob HS0ZIA
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