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Hombrew Handheld PTT Switch suggestions ?

Discussion in 'Home Brew' started by tuner, May 7, 2017.

  1. tuner

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    Hello Gents ,
    Looking for some Hand operating PTT switch ideas . I'm thinking of using a door bell momentary switch or maybe a nurse call switch etc. I would love to hear of some more ideas please :)
    Thanks for the Look .


     

  2. sp5it

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    It just a switch and something you can hold or just press comfortably. I prefer foot switch myself.
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    Indeed any momentary push button switch in a comfortable to hold case will do. It's all up to individual preference.
     
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    Does it have to be handheld? If so a small hand mic from a compact radio will work. Fire a relay with it if necessary. Maybe a remote starter button like this one.

    How about a cw key on the desk? I know a guy that had a foot switch with light spring he sat on the desk and keyed with his hand. He had bad knees and hips so it was easier for him that way.
     
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    Very good idea 543 thanks ! I ended up buying a horn button . I give that a go and see how it works . The cw key is a good idea too ! :)
     
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    Google something along the lines of "arcade game button" for more options.
     
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    Here's another cheap suggestion, use a digital piano sustain pedal. The cheap ones are square and small in size. These are just the right size to sit on the desktop or you can try it as a footswitch to see if you like using it in that manner.

    These switches are spring loaded non latching momentary on and have a 1/4 in. plug ready to go if you have a Heil mic cable with PTT pigtail, or rig one up yourself of course.

    You can buy these pedals locally at music stores and online for $15 or less.

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    Yes I thought of using either an Atari Joystick or a Sega controller .I ended up with a horn button.I shall give it a go very soon .
     
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    That's great ! I will have to look for one thanks !
     
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    Great ideas ! Thanks !
     
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    Strance Brew , I have to ask , what is that character on your Avatar ? Lol
     
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    Daffy Duck (unsuccessfully) trying to fly.
     
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    Would have never guessed.
     
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    All this time, I thought it was Marvin The Martian! Lol

    Next footswitch I buy is going to be a Linemaster. Cast iron, so I can put da hamma down! Ha!

    73,
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    I think it's the aerial view that throws a lot of people off, the big yellow part is his beak not his body. Between here and another forum people have been wondering what that thing is for well over a decade now.;)
     
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