[VHFcontesting] Linemaster Foot Switches

Les Rayburn les at highnoonfilm.com
Thu Feb 3 12:32:41 PST 2011

After having a foot switch failure during the January VHF Contest, I went looking for something beyond the cheap, plastic foot switches commonly sold at ham radio stores for this application. A friend suggested the “Linemaster” line of industrial foot switches, with a specific recommendation for their “Clipper” model. 


These high quality foot switches are made from solid, cast iron metal, with specially designed micro switches that can withstand the roughest possible treatment. Many of their models are sealed for use in dirty environments, and rated with cycle lives in the millions. The cost for brand new models is very reasonable ranging from $40 and up. Even better, these switches are common items on sites like Ebay.com and sell for very reasonable prices. 

I just purchased both a single Clipper footswitch and a “dual footswitch” to handle keying and sequencing for my 6 Meter, 2 Meter, and 432 stations. While I haven’t tried them in out in contest conditions yet, I fully expect these to be available in my estate sale decades from now! If you want a foot switch that can take the punishment and not give out on you during a contest, look for the Linemaster line. 


Les Rayburn, N1LF
121 Mayfair Park
Maylene, AL 35114

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