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NU0R
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« on: August 02, 2009, 08:26:53 AM »

Hi to all! --- I saw an ad on E-Ham for a keyer kit made by HamGadgets.com. It is called the Pico-keyer Plus. The kit sells for $17 I think and looks to be incredibly easy to build. It says it is programmable for contests etc., is iambic, and you can adjust the weighting. No, I am not selling this keyer. I am asking if any of you guys have any experience with this keyer. I am building a portable station and the main rig will be a Kenwood TS 130 SE, which has no built in keyer. I would appreciate any input about this keyer, either pro or con.  Thanks you, Bruce/NU0R
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N3OX
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« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2009, 08:36:43 AM »

It's very easy to build and it works well from my limited testing.

I don't use mine much .. bought it as a replacement for another keyer kit that I thought had died but I resurrected, but it'll find its way into a project at some point.

73
Dan
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Dan
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AD5VM
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« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2009, 04:15:30 PM »

the pico keyer is incredibly easy to build and use and modify for your application.

I've built probably six of them and put them in all manner of QRP rigs. Sometimes I use the included battery, others I hardwired the power to come from the rig, it comes with instructions and the couple extra parts to do this.
You can use the included piezzo buzzer for sidetone or configure it to inject it into the audio stage of the radio.

Can't go wrong.
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VA7CPC
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« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2009, 05:24:42 PM »

There's a whole pile of favorable reviews on this site:

http://www.eham.net/reviews/detail/3706

When a product has 73 reviews and a 4.9 out of 5 rating, it can't be all bad.<g>

           Charles
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KZ1X
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« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2009, 05:30:46 PM »

The guy who wrote the firmware is quite talented.  You won't be unhappy with your selection.
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KC9HOZ
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« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2009, 10:00:52 AM »

I'm very happy with the 2 I've purchased.  They went together in a snap (and I consider my soldering skills a little better than 'novice').

Scott
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N0XAS
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« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2010, 10:58:57 AM »

You know, every once in a while I stumble upon something like this and wonder how I missed it.  Yeah, they guy that runs HamGadgets.com is usually pretty easy to get along with.  Smiley  And if you do buy a kit from there and aren't happy with it, an email or phone call will almost always resolve the problem pretty quickly.

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Dale - N0XAS
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KC0SHZ
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« Reply #7 on: February 24, 2010, 11:49:08 AM »

The Pico Keyer was the first thing I soldered since Junior High (MANY years ago.)  Within 2 hours at the back of a pizza joint, it was up and working optimally.  

If you can't solder this together, you should avoid anything hotter than a cup of coffee.
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W6VPS
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« Reply #8 on: February 24, 2010, 12:41:26 PM »

'SHZ:

"If you can't solder this together, you should avoid anything hotter than a cup of coffee."
Great line...I'm still chuckling.
73
Paul/W6VPS
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