TenTec Release the 610 USB Keyer/Audio I/F

In a previous post, I mentioned the TenTec 610 USB Keyer/Audio Interface. I called it “elusive,” but apparently it’s now been released. The TenTec website notes, “When the 610 is used with a CW paddle, it will decipher the CW being sent and turn it into keyboard codes that are sent to the PC.”

If they can do it, I can do it, and I think this would be a cool application for the Bare Bones Arduino microcontroller that we built at our ham club’s meeting last month. I’d like to take this a step further and use it as a general text input device on my Mac.

The cost of the 610 is $169. This still seems a bit high to me, but it also includes an audio interface, so that you can use standard headphones and microphones for remote operation. The audio interface must perform the A-D and D-A conversions needed when using conventional headphones and microphones.

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