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Adding a Key Jack to iPortable Pro

See that plug on the front of my iPortable Pro 2? That is not a factory addition, but I think it should be standard. As a CW enthusiast, it became an annoyance to have to go to the back of the case to switch keys. I’ve been working on this idea in my head for quite some time, and I finally had a few minutes to make it happen.

The process is really simple. Using a 3 conductor wire is a plus, but I don’t have that so I used two sets of twisted pair and further twisted the two pair together using a drill. Then you just connect the Tip, Ring, and Sleeve together of the plug and jack. Drill a hole in the panel, and then attach the jack to the panel, and plug in the plug into your rig.

The parts I used:
– about 2.5 feet of 3 conductor wire
– one 1/4″ stereo jack
– one 1/4″ stereo plug

The full wiring is easy as 1-2-3.
The full setup with my two main keys front and center.