Yesterday was jackpot day at the post office. Parts for the AD5X QSK mod to the Ameritron ALS-600 amp and the replacement encoder for my holey K2 along with the front-panel U3 were in my monthly mail forwarding bundle from the U.S. Hoorah!
So, after some overdue brush-cutting this morning I plan to spend at least an hour or two in the workshop seeing if I can get this encoder to work with the K2. The Ameritron mod can wait a while. I'm also in the middle of refurb'ing an old Thinkpad X24 someone gave me. I found a used keyboard ($16!) and replaced same on this little PIII laptop and am putting the finishing touches to a dual-boot Linux install on it. I plan to dedicate it to the Softrock SDR / WebSDR server instead of the power-hungry desktop machine it runs on now.