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Author Topic: New Keyer solering dumb question  (Read 1338 times)
KA2ZEY
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« on: November 05, 2010, 12:30:21 PM »

I just purchased the Kent TP 1 keyer and I had forgotten that I need to solder the 1/4" stereo connector. I know green is ground and goes to shield but which of blue and red goes to tip and ring? I called Alpha Delta and they didn't seem to know.

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WB2WIK
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« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2010, 01:39:05 PM »

You can wire it either way, depending if you're right-handed or left-handed.

For right-handed users, the left (dit) paddle connects to the plug "tip" and the right (dah) paddle connects to the "ring" of the plug. 

Left-handed users generally wire them the other way around.
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KA2ZEY
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« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2010, 03:05:23 PM »

Thanks! I also see I misspelled solder.
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W7ETA
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« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2010, 09:59:22 AM »

Much more important that you can solder than spell soler.

73
Bob
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K0RS
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« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2010, 01:30:33 PM »

There isn't necessarily any standardization between radios for the tip and ring connections.  Consult your rig's owner's manual for the appropriate wiring for your particular application.  Some newer radios can have the dit/dah, tip/ring, switched in the software via a menu setting.
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G4FUT
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« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2010, 12:51:07 PM »

Older rigs, e.g.my FT101 and TS530 require sa "keyer" as opposed to a "key" . I use my Kent for those rigs which have an in-built keyer.
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« Reply #6 on: November 11, 2010, 11:19:31 AM »

G4FUT makes a good point.  I think everyone here was assuming your rig has a built-in keyer.  The TP-1 is a key, not a keyer.  A "keyer" is an electronic circuit that generates dots and dashes and requires a key to be plugged into it in order to operate.  The keyer then in turn plugs in to the radio.  Newer radios frequently have keyers built in...all you have to do is add the key.  Many older rigs, typically tube-type and hybrids, require an external keyer and a key.  On rigs with tube finals, be cognizant of higher voltages (up to maybe 50v) on the key line that can damage external keyers.
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