I have a couple of projects in the works, trying to get them completed or at least in the prototyping stage before the end of the year…
- Firmware 1.3 for the MK-1. I have been working on this for a while now. While there are no major new features, I am adding automatic call sign recognition and storage. The /L embedded message command will send the last call sign you sent from the paddles, instead of the last word as it does now. I’m also working on an issue involving using the MK-1 with Logger32.
- I am working on a new USB rig interface. I’m working on the hardware design now, trying to balance features and cost. I’d give it a 90% chance this one will NOT be a kit, at least not in the traditional sense. It will have all of the features of the original USB Universal Rig Interface kit, but in a smaller form factor.
- The ID-O-Matic II does a great job as a timer, beacon or fox controller, or a very basic repeater controller. It lacks more advanced features like remote control, voice ID, USB interface, etc. I’m working on that.
I’m happy to announce some new products in the HamGadgets web store! I have added some products from CW Touch Keyer, a purveyor of fine touch-sensitive paddles. The prices listed include drop shipment direct from the manufacturer to US locations — DX customers will need to email me for a shipping quote for the time being.
I met Sumner, WA1JOS at Dayton last May. After playing around with his paddles a bit, I was surprised at how much I liked them. They really are a joy to operate, especially if you like a “light” touch — it doesn’t get much lighter than this! There is no mechanical motion, no noise, and no adjustment. They operate just like any paddle would, just with a little less hassle.