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Using a mechanical Bug or SK with a Maestro?

GERRYV Member ✭✭
I am confused by what I am reading. Can I or Not use a Bug or SK with a Maestro. I am considering buying one but, hesitant if this condition exists. If so, is there a workaround for it?
Gerry, W0GV

Best Answers

  • Neil D Friedman N3DF
    Neil D Friedman N3DF Member ✭✭✭
    edited June 2021 Answer ✓

    A straight key with the Maestro is no problem. As a bug is also a make/break key, it should work as well. However, you need to go into a menu to switch between iambic keying and a straight key.

  • John KB4DU
    John KB4DU Member ✭✭✭✭
    Answer ✓

    If it’s a real mechanical bug, it plugs in and is seen as a straight key.

    GERRYV Member ✭✭
    Answer ✓
    Thanks to both for the quick response
    GERRYV Member ✭✭
    Answer ✓
    Thanks, look forward to ordering but, if I am reading the website correctly, maestros are not available until Fall.


  • Mike-VA3MW
    Mike-VA3MW Administrator, FlexRadio Employee, Community Manager, Super Elmer, Moderator admin

    If I remember correctly, there is a slight bug when using a straight key with the Maestro vs the radio.

    It will be in the settings and you may have to do a Reverse on the Maestro if I remember correctly. (it has been a while).

    But, yes, it does work.

    GERRYV Member ✭✭
    Thanks for the advise, it helps me a lot.
  • Pat_W5WTH
    Pat_W5WTH Member ✭✭

    I switch back and forth from a SK and paddle all the time with my Maestro. There is an iambic “Enable/Disable” button in the CW menu. It’s easy to get to and works fine. No problem.

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