[ct-user] Paddle input- Why?
Fri, 01 Jun 2001 17:34:41 +0000
Bill Fisher W4AN wrote:
> 1) It is something else on the desktop to wire up that doesn't have to be
Doesn't the paddle have to be there? As I said, my keyer and paddle
occupy the same footprint. The keyer input wires are 4" long. Wiring
it up is two wires (key lead and ground to the rig) vs three leads for
the paddle to computer. One cable, one fewer wire.
> 2) It is NEVER the same speed as CT.
So? It's only used for non-canned message fills.
In fact, the requests here seemed to indicate the desire for it being
set to a lower speed. In fact, that's how I set mine.
> 3) You can use your paddles to break CT keying.
You can use the Esc key. In fact, one hand can hit ESC the other
operate the paddle.
> 4) You don't know what you've been missing.
I still don't know what I am missing.
73 de Brian/K3KO
> On Fri, 1 Jun 2001, alsopb wrote:
> > I'll plead ignorance this issue.
> > Why does the CT program have to have paddle input? Can't a separate
> > keyer in parallel with the key jack perform the same function?
> > Are some people out there entering the call into the call field via
> > the keyer?
> > I guess I just type in the call/exchage and use the separate keyer
> > only for fills. It certainly can be set at a lower speed.
> > As for the extra hardware required by a keyer, Heck, I have a Curtis
> > keyer chip mounted on top of the paddle. It runs for years on a 9 volt
> > battery.
> > It seems that short of implementing artificial intelligence, it would
> > be difficult for the program to sort out field info entered from the
> > paddle vs other "fill" type info.
> > If you have to toggle it on and off via something like ALT-K, it would
> > seem to be a bigger pain than it's worth.
> > I'd really appreciate knowing why this is "needed". I understand
> > other contest programs have a paddle input function. What does it
> > exactly do other than sending CW?
> > 73 de Brian/K3KO
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