K1EL Winkeyer in Maestro -- What are the implications for using a laptop remotely for keying?

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In another thread the use of Winkeyer is mentioned for the upcoming Maestro.  

 

Will there still be a remote CW keying solution when using a laptop that only requires plugging the paddle into the laptop or will it require additional hardware (i.e. Winkeyer solution)? 
This excerpt is from an earlier post....



Here is the full thread: 

https://community.flexradio.com/flexradio/topics/remote_is_cw_via_a_paddle_in_scope_for_the_remote_e...


Regards, Al / NN4ZZ  
al (at) nn4zz (dot) com
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Steve - N5AC, VP Engineering / CTO

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We would like a device that plugs into a USB port and connects to a paddle.  We were hoping to find something like this on the open market so we didn't have to build one.  So far I've not seen anything.  Know of anything?
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This has been our general experience -- nothing that is exactly right and therefore we have to go build one.
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Steve,
It may be that with the CW support in Maestro, having a custom key/paddle USB interface for the laptop is not as critical.  

I haven't put in an order yet for Maestro as I'm waiting to hear more about when the option to use it as a control surface along side SSDR on my PC will be available.  That would be my primary use for Maestro,  But for portable CW operation Maestro would probably work fine for me.   I'd use Maestro for the radio and an iPad for everything else.  

There are some applications where a key/paddle interface to the laptop is needed or better.
-  DXpeditions (they could use CWX but most also want a paddle)
- folks that only want to travel with one device
- folks that want to see more than 2 slices
- folks that want to use CW Skimmer (unless you add that to Maestro)

Maybe the USB to Serial to pigtail to paddle arrangement is good enough.

Regards, Al / NN4ZZ  
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Steve said: "We would like a device that plugs into a USB port and connects to a paddle."

So Maestro will have a USB port, Steve? Will it be usable for a mouse for click-tuning also? Or the Flexcontrol? I was not able to get an official answer to this question in a different thread earlier this week. Any info you can provide is appreciated.

Jerry

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No.  There is no USB port on Maestro.  This comment was about SmartSDR
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YAA - Yet Another Adapter:

http://www.robotshop.com/en/ftdi-usb-to-ttl-serial-cable-5v.html

USB to wire ends - TTL levels.