K-Pod & macros
Some of the buttons on my K-Pod aren't working reliably either.toggle quoted messageShow quoted text
If you'd rather not buy and configure another hardware device, you can instead use software for often-used front-panel commands and macros.
Two programs I use are DXLab's Commander, which has user-defined controls, and VA2FSQ's Win4K3Suite. The latter can be used with DXLab and/or N1MM+, as well as many other programs (more than one at a time if desired).
For those using DXLab, many macros have been shared on the Groups.io DXLab website:
VA2FSQ's program has 20 macros available. See page 50 of the manual at
I have one similar to the one that NK7Z uses for working split-frequency CW pileups:
And to clear it:
I have these two macros both in DXLab's Commander and in Win4K3Suite.
Check out the commands in the K3S and P3 Programmer's Reference Manuals.
73, Jim N7US
If you want to preserve your rubber buttons, use an external keypad...
for my solution to this...
I now have 64 keys that will launch any macro programmed into the P3/SVGA... My favorite is the CW DX macro... I SPOT a CW station, (using the keypad), then hit the "SPLIT + 5" button, and the macro moves the CW station to the left side of the P3, sets the bandwidth for the P3 to 6 KHz., and finally makes VFO-B the transmit frequency control, while showing the 6 KHz. above the DX station on the P3... Takes about half a second to run, and all with a single button press...
I almost never touch the front of the radio anymore... If I have some action I do a lot, I just program a macro for it, assign it to a key on the keypad and I never touch the radio again for that function...
73, and thanks,
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ARRL Technical Specialist, RFI
ARRL Asst. Director, NW Division, Technical Resources
On 11/7/20 8:54 AM, Szab Istv n wrote:
The rubber buttons will wear out earlier or later that might be a concern only. If you are concerned buy now spare component and you will be a happy old timer radio owner after decades.