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Author Topic: Palstar CW50 A electronic keyer---  (Read 660 times)
VE3GNU
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« on: April 03, 2010, 04:28:43 PM »

I would appreciate input from anyone who has bought or used the above keyer.
There are only 3 Eham postings on it so far, yet it has been available for some 4-5 years.
Replies via email are OK as well.
Thanks in advance.
Ernie
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« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2010, 07:18:40 PM »

I use only my rigs' built-in keyers, so I'm not biased . . .

The Palstar keyer seems expensive for the functionality it delivers.   It does handle grid-block keying "out of the box", but most hams are using solid-state rigs, and don't need that feature.  If I read the specs right, it doesn't have any memories, or any "auto-increment" numbering -- both features that are important for contest use.

But it's priced similarly to the LogiKey keyers, which seem to be the "gold standard" for keyer quality and function -- memories, auto-increment, many other features 'out the wazoo'. 

So few people buy the Palstar keyer.  And few people review it.

If you want a high-end keyer, either the LogiKey units, or the K1EL keyer, should fit the bill.  If you want a basic keyer, the PicoKeyer kit has good reviews and a very low price.

                Charles

PS -- Check the K1EL keyer specs carefully.  It's unbeatable as a computer-driven contesting tool, but I don't know how it compares with the LogiKey units for "paddle-only" operation.

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