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General Category => Morse Code => Topic started by: Rowsey1108 on July 20, 2018, 07:06:17 am

Title: Straight Key Cable
Post by: Rowsey1108 on July 20, 2018, 07:06:17 am
Good morning,
  I'm working on getting a cable for my straight key & Yaesu FT-818 and my Youkits HB-1B.

My straight key is the J-45 (J-37 with leg clamp) military style key.

The Yaesu FT-818 states I need a 3.5mm 3 pin jack.

I've searched the web, YouTube and searched ham radio retail  sites. I can't seem to figure this one out. Thanks for your input.


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Title: Re: Straight Key Cable
Post by: Rowsey1108 on July 20, 2018, 10:51:42 am
Key cable configuration photo.


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Title: Re: Straight Key Cable
Post by: vwflyer on July 20, 2018, 06:02:58 pm
The photo hasn't shown up. Perhaps it needs approved.

I imagine, though, that they are referring to one of these...
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Stereo-3-5mm-Headphone-Earphone-Replacement-Audio-Jack-Plug-Solder-Connector/152458137263?hash=item237f368eaf%3Am%3AmEMMQomgl3aXhXEzuz5jN1A&var=451774951316&_sacat=0&_nkw=3.5mm+stereo+plug&_from=R40&rt=nc&_trksid=p2380057.m570.l1311.R4.TR10.TRC0.A0.H0.X3.5+mm+stere.TRS0.TSS0

I've also taken old earbud cables and use those. Some of them have really small wires inside and so are too fragile but the ones with decent sized interior wire make good key cables.
Title: Re: Straight Key Cable
Post by: Rowsey1108 on July 21, 2018, 11:11:58 am
Thank you. I'll look into it.


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Title: Re: Straight Key Cable [for Yaesu FT-817 & FT-818]
Post by: Sparks on July 21, 2018, 11:22:16 pm
Quote from: Rowsey1108 on July 20, 2018, 07:06:17 am
• I'm working on getting a cable for my straight key & Yaesu FT-818 and my Youkits HB-1B.
• My straight key is the J-45 (J-37 with leg clamp) military style key.
• The Yaesu FT-818 states I need a 3.5mm 3 pin jack.
• I've searched the web, YouTube and searched ham radio retail  sites. I can't seem to figure this one out. Thanks for your input.


I have to find a solution for my still unused Yaesu FT-817ND, and I assume the two are similar in this respect.

The question is also discussed here, with some solutions suggested:

http://forums.qrz.com/index.php?threads/ft-817nd-keyer-setup-question.227962/ (http://forums.qrz.com/index.php?threads/ft-817nd-keyer-setup-question.227962/)
https://www.eham.net/ehamforum/smf/index.php?topic=39354.0 (https://www.eham.net/ehamforum/smf/index.php?topic=39354.0)
https://www.quora.com/Amateur-Radio-How-do-you-convert-a-two-prong-Morse-key-to-a-3-5mm-plug (https://www.quora.com/Amateur-Radio-How-do-you-convert-a-two-prong-Morse-key-to-a-3-5mm-plug)
Title: Re: Straight Key Cable
Post by: Rowsey1108 on July 22, 2018, 05:15:29 am
That's good information, thanks.


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