The Universal QSYer for all ICOM radios including the IC-706 series, as well as the Yaesu FT-817, FT-857, FT-897, FT857, FT-100 and Kenwood TS-440 radios. Directly enter frequencies and perform and other functions. This keypad is indispensable to those operators who own very small radios (such as the IC-706 series, the FT-100, and the FT-817) that don't have their own panel keypads and those operators who are visually impaired. Frankly, if you are operating one of these radios in a mobile or portable environment without one of these keypads, you are working way too hard.
The keypad performs a number of functions. First, of course, it allows you to directly enter frequencies into the radio. You can enter the frequency as either kHz or MHz and the keypad will figure out which you intended. Thus, to QSY to 14.254 MHz, you can enter either 14254 or 14*254. You can also omit any trailing zeros. Thus, to go to the bottom of the 40 meter band, you simply enter the 7 digit followed by the enter key. The keypad also knows which mode to switch the radio to. If you enter a frequency in the SSB portion of the 20 meter band, it knows to switch the radio to USB. If you enter a frequency in the SSB portion of the 40 meter band, it knows to switch to LSB. For the CW band segments it automatically switches to CW. Enter a 2 meter repeater frequency, and it switches to FM. Enter a frequency in the FM broadcast band, and it switches to WFM. The keypad itself uses high quality full-travel (not membrane) keys and emits a pleasant beep whenever a key is pressed.
The keypad performs a number of other functions as well. When operating with an ICOM or Kenwood radio, It can immediately select any numbered memory in your radio. To go to memory number 15, for example, you simply enter A15. (This feature is not available on the Yaesu models because of the way Yaesu has designed it's computer control system.) It also allows you to switch between the two VFOs on most radios (not the IC-728 or some other older model ICOMs) with a single keystroke. Simple keystrokes also allow you to switch between the VFO and memory modes. When operating with a Yaesu radio, you can change the repeater shift from the keypad, or step through the various modes on the radio.
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