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This is a cheap solution to get a programmable keyboard. I bought a used "Preh Commander MC84 WX" with 84 Keys for just 15€ at store in town where it was not used anymore. I used to make a custom UFC.

 

Programming was a little tricky as it is a PS/2 Version. It works fine with a USB adaptor, but for programming you must use the PS/2 interface but the software only support 32bit.

 

So I made it this way

 

1. Created the layout with WinProgrammer software from the vendor.

2. Compiled it with a converter tool from the vendor to a legacy file type

3. Created "FreeDOS" USB bootable stick with the DOS Version of their app

4. Started my computer in FreeDOS and wrote the layoutfile to the keyboard.

 

As you can see in the pic I attached you can freely create a layout. There is also a 128 key version available (see ebay link). In my case it does not need to look nice and I do not need any labels on the keys (the programming app has also a label creation module) as I am using it in VR. With the transparent caps I think I modify them with to get a more haptic feedback. At the moment I used different size of caps to help navigating blindly across the layout.

 

 

 

Take a look at ebay for those keyboards:

 

https://ebay.us/wdNnpV

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Im waiting on this one to turn up from China: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32820663508.html?spm=a2g0s.9042311.0.0.71484c4dYfDqRK

As I fly Hornet I wanted

5 rows to allow for the 5 UFC buttons which will go RHS and 7 for the mode buttons at the base of the UFC.

Besides the scratch pad, Im going to use some for the IFEI buttons and things like the radio channels, Torch NVGs radio calls and stuff I dont like to scratch around for.

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That's a pretty smart idea :thumbup:

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Mine finally turned up very happy with the form factor and it takes multi key commands nicely so I can use all the DCS defaults

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I ended up having to use Autohotkey to get the key strokes to space out but very happy with this.

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Hornet, Super Carrier, Warthog & (II), Mustang, Spitfire, Albatross, Sabre, Combined Arms, FC3, Nevada, Gulf, Normandy, Syria AH-6J

i9 10900K @ 5.0GHz, Gigabyte Z490 Vision G, Cooler Master ML120L, Gigabyte RTX3080 OC Gaming 10Gb, 64GB RAM, Reverb G2 @ 2480x2428, TM Warthog, Saitek pedals & throttle, DIY collective, TrackIR4, Cougar MFDs, vx3276-2k

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honestly I think its a bit homebuild for a commercial product, I'd really want it to look a bit more accurate if youre gonna spend that kind of cash

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i9 10900K @ 5.0GHz, Gigabyte Z490 Vision G, Cooler Master ML120L, Gigabyte RTX3080 OC Gaming 10Gb, 64GB RAM, Reverb G2 @ 2480x2428, TM Warthog, Saitek pedals & throttle, DIY collective, TrackIR4, Cougar MFDs, vx3276-2k

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