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Keyboard CW (K1EL K44 CW Keyboard and Reader Kit)

John - ZL3TRR
John - ZL3TRR Member ✭✭
Before I get comments re I should learn Morse by ear, I wish to state I have a hearing problem and wear two hearing aids  and want to try CW.

I have a K1EL  K44 CW Keyboard and reader Kit which I want to connect to a Flex 6500.

Has anyone done this before or can offer a Keyboard CW option with the Flex 6500?

It must be able to send and read .

Help would be appreciated . 73

Answers

  • KD0RC
    KD0RC Broomfield, COMember ✭✭✭✭
    edited April 2020
    Hi John, if you are running SmartSDR, there is a CWX feature that allows you to use your keyboard to send CW.  CW Skimmer can be purchased and installed which will do the decoding.  I know that does not utilize the K44, but it is an option that just requires a bit more software.
    73,
    Len, KD0RC
  • John - ZL3TRR
    John - ZL3TRR Member ✭✭
    edited April 2020
    Hi Len, Thanks for the Information and I will have a look at that.  Keep safe  73 John 
  • Rick - WC8D
    Rick - WC8D Member
    edited April 2020
    Hi John,

    I have K44 and it works well with my 6700. It's a little annoying in that the K44 will not work directly with a USB keyboard. You will need an adapter. Otherwise, no problems.

    Rick, WC8D
  • Joe N3HEE
    Joe N3HEE Member ✭✭
    edited April 2020
    FRLogger has a great CW keyboard and now has a built in CW decoder that works pretty well.  Give it a try.  It's free and easy to use.  http://ws7m.net/index.php/logger
  • Mark_WS7M
    Mark_WS7M Member ✭✭✭
    edited April 2020
    Thanks Joe,  The decoder will improve from what it is now.
  • James Kennedy-WU5E
    James Kennedy-WU5E Member ✭✭
    edited June 2020
    try K9DUR smartsdr software 
    http://k9dur.info/smartsdr_utilities.php
  • John - ZL3TRR
    John - ZL3TRR Member ✭✭
    edited April 2020
    Thank you Joe and Mark.  I will give FRLogger a try 73 John 
  • John - ZL3TRR
    John - ZL3TRR Member ✭✭
    edited April 2020
    Yes I found his interesting website previously . I like . 73 and keep safe. John 
  • John - ZL3TRR
    John - ZL3TRR Member ✭✭
    edited April 2020
    Rick, What cables go where to flex ? and what settings in smart sdr ? 

    look forward to reply  or you can contact me direct via QRZ.com 73 John 
  • AK1MD
    AK1MD Member ✭✭
    > @"Rick - WC8D" said:
    > Hi John,I have K44 and it works well with my 6700. It's a little annoying in that the K44 will not work directly with a USB keyboard. You will need an adapter. Otherwise, no problems.Rick, WC8D

    Hi Rick, could you please provide instructions how to connect the K44 with the Flex Radio 6700? What kind adapter will one need?
    Thank you, 73, Alex AK1MD
  • AK1MD
    AK1MD Member ✭✭
    I am interested finding out how to connect a K44 CW reader with the Flex Radio 6700?
    Appreciate any help.
    Thank you, 73, Alex AK1MD
  • +1 for CW Skimmer. It works well providing the sender has a good fist and sending good spacing. I do agree you should learn CW since nothing decodes as good as the human brain but CW Skimmer will help you to confirm what you think you hear.

    For sending I use CWX built into SmartSDR or N1MM+ macros for contests. CWX has a live mode which allows keyboard CW.

    73

    Dave wo2x

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