W2FS Kenwood D700 Keyboard Interface Kit
Type on your Kenwood D700 with a PC Keyboard!
It's Available Again, though without the box.
(Note: This interface DOES NOT work with the D710. For information about why it does not work click here.)
|Are you tired of entering text into your Kenwood D700 by turning the panel knob until the right letter appears and then hitting the -> key? Tired of entering text by repeatedly pushing the buttons on the microphone? Did you know it takes 18 pushes of the # key on the microphone to enter an '@' sign in someone's email address? Here's the solution to your problem. Insert this device in the line between your micrrophone and the microphone jack on the radio, plug any standard PS/2 PC keyboard into it, and simply type your text into the radio. As you type, the text will appear on the radio's screen just as it does when you enter text using the tuning knob or microphone.|
Sending messages with this device is simple. Pressing the F2 key on your keyboard will take you directly to the message entry screen. Type in the callsign of the station the message is going to and hit the keyboard return key. Then type the message. Hit the keyboard return key to send or the escape key to abort sending. Note that you never have to even touch the radio in order to send an APRS message. If you find yourself sending the same text over and over again, you can record it into one of four non-volatile memory slots, each of which can hold up to 31 characters.
But wait! There's more. You can also review the list of heard stations by hitting the F3 key. Scroll up and down through the list using the cursor keys on your keyboard. Hitting the keyboard return key will display the details about any station. The same actions can be performed on the message list stored in the radio by pushing the F4 key. You may never need to touch the front panel of the radio again.
The device is offered as an easy to build kit. The kit includes all parts, including the PC board, all electronic parts, and all hardware. To use the kit you will need to supply a standard CAT5 network patch cable (straight through) with RJ45 connectors on both ends. This is a standard sort of networking cable that would be used to connect a NIC card to an Ethernet jack. The interface is powered directly off the microphone cable.
The Kenwood D700 Interface Kit, is available for $45, plus $5shipping anywhere in the world. . Assembled and tested units can be purchased for $65 plus $5 shipping. U.S. purchasers may pay by personal check or money order or via PayPal. Foreign orders may be placed via PayPal.
For more information e-mail: John Hansen, W2FS
Orders by post should be sent to:
John A. Hansen, W2FS
49 Maple Avenue
Fredonia, NY 14063
To Purchase a D700 Keyboard Interface Kit ($45):
To Purchase a D700 Keyboard Interface(Wired and Tested), ($65):