FUN on the Bus with the FUNKeYer!
What the heck is it? The FUNKeYer is a simple Morse code keyer with a bit of a twist. It does NOT require a soldering iron to build it. It also has a two FUN Morse code game modes and another two modes where it acts as a simple keyer. I have designed it with machined pin sockets for inserting the parts, pre-soldered the sockets AND cut and pre-bent all the parts for easy insertion without (hardly) any tools at all. Builders with nimble challenged fingers will find a small pair of needle nose pliers quite useful..and builders with *ocular noseeum the teenie tiny numbers and letters syndrome* would find a small lighted hand magnifier a welcome sight. A small flat bladed jewelers screwdriver to nudge pins into holes can also come in handy...BUT you WILL NOT need a soldering iron!
The 4 modes of operation are:
THE main mode for FUN on the Bus
Mode#1: The FUNKeYer 2 BUTTON KEYER
When you apply 9 volt battery power for the first time, the FUNKeYer starts up in Mode#1. It spins its wheels until you press the middle white button tactile switch which serves as the memory switch. Let it spin a bit as it is randomizing internally. Press the button and the FUNKeYer will beep once to tell you it is now in Mode#1. The side tone frequency will be set randomly between 500 and 2000Hz. It also picks a random 7 letter secret word from an internal table. Now you can send dits and dahs to your hearts content on the red topped tactile switches and the FUNKeYer will complete each dit and dah perfectly as per the speed setting on the trimmer potentiometer. Take away the power and reapply and it will automatically power up in Mode#1 with the same side tone frequency and secret word.
FUN: With 55 FUNKeYers built and running on the bus, the audio of all the side tones and call signs and secret words will cram the cilia in your ear with signals like a pileup at a Dxpedition! Pick a signal and follow it for a bit to sort the secret word and call sign out from the din. Move on to another station... who can dig out the most stations?
Mode#2: The FUNKeYer straight key keyer
If you find it challenging to send Morse code using the coordination of two fingers then Mode#2 might be more to your liking. Power the unit down, then PRESS & HOLD all three push buttons while you reapply power will cause the FUNKeYer to change modes. Once power is up again, release all the buttons and the FUNKeYer will sound out with 2 quick beeps telling you it is now in Mode#2. This is the straight key mode. It still has a random side tone frequency and secret word but now the dah switch works as a straight key. Pressing the memory switch causes the FUNKeYer to send the secret word......then add you call sign to make a BBQSO. Use the 2 button paddle mode or the straight key mode. Give a sharp listen for the neighboring sounds and secret words and try to pick out the calls and words that go together from the audio pileup....
Mode#3: 2 button keyer is back to being a regular 2 button keyer with the side tone frequency = 700Hz and the memory button = CQ CQ CQ DE
Mode#4: straight key is again similar to Mode#3 but with straight key operation instead of 2 button keyer operation.
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