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Author Topic: Wiring a Ameco K-1 with Bencher ez-1  (Read 2068 times)
OLDWORLDER
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« on: April 07, 2011, 07:41:26 PM »

How to I go about wiring the key?
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KA5N
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« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2011, 05:39:32 AM »

The K1 is a inexpensive straight key and the EZ1 is a wire kit to fit a paddle to a electronic
keyer or to a transceiver with a built in keyer.  The pair doesn't quite go together.  All the K1 needs is a pair of wires and a key plug which fits the transceiver.
Usually a transceiver will have a key jack which may have a single circuit or a circuit for dots and a circuit for dits.  The transceiver will (usually) have a control to switch from straight key to internal keyer.  With an external keyer you just select straight key input.
So what are you trying to do???  With a straight key your choices are limited.  The EZ1 will not make the K1 into a paddle or a keyer it will always just be a off/on switch.
Allen
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AD6KA
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« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2011, 10:42:35 AM »

The EZ-1 is just a cable kit with 1/4" and 1/8" STEREO Phono plugs,
and some cable.

If you are running a straight key, Ameco K-1, you could just go to Radio Shack
and buy a 1/4 MONO Phono Plug with XXX feet of wire installed and
no plug on the other end. Cut to desired length and hook  the
two wires, or one wire and the shield, to the two poles on the Ameco key.

Or roll your own with a mono 1/4 plug and whatever
two conductor cable you have on hand. I like to use shielded cale.
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VA7CPC
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« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2011, 11:40:27 PM »

Since (it sounds like) you already have the K1 and the Bencher kit:

There are three contacts on the plug:
. . . sleeve
. . . ring
. . . tip

Wire the base of the key to the "sleeve".  Wire the "hot" terminal of the key to the "tip".  Leave the "ring" wire unconnected.

Plug it into your rig.  Turn the rig's keyer (if it has one) OFF, or set it for "straight key" operation.

That should work for most rigs.  I believe the Elecraft K3 has some weird requirements for straight keys.

              Charles


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