The release of firmware version 1.30 for the MK-1 has been quite successful. There does, however, appear to be an issue with the AMP OUT signal when used with some contest loggers. I am working on that problem now, and will announce the fix once it’s available.
I recently began shipping new firmware for the ID-O-Matic II. Version 3.3 includes support for receiver audio muting, as well as a change to the courtesy tone. Now instead of a variable length tone, you can specify a single Morse character to use for the courtesy tone. I’ve also begun work on what I’m tentatively calling the ID-O-Matic III (that name may change), but will leave the details of that for later.
We are getting ready for our trip to Dayton next month! We’ll be in the same location as last year, BA482 just down the aisle from ARRL in one direction and Begali in the other direction. If you will be attending the Hamvention (http://www.hamvention.org) this year, please take the opportunity to stop by and say hello. We’ll have some specials going on during the show, and will probably have a couple of new product prototypes along. Given the rather hectic schedule around here for the next few weeks, I can’t say for sure what we will and won’t have ready to demo in Dayton. There is also a pretty good chance we’ll be at Ham Radio Friedrichshafen (http://www.hamradio-friedrichshafen.de/ham-en/) in June. More information on that as it becomes available.
If you are planning the purchase of a MasterKeyer, now is definitely the time. Due to increases in materials, parts and labor costs, I will have to raise the price of the MK-1 this month. I’ll hold off a little, but on Monday the 11th expect to see a higher price on the MK-1.
Now, if it will only warm up a little more we may be able to get the bikes (both motorized and non-motorized) out for some serious riding!