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Reviews Summary for PicoKeyer Plus from N0XAS
PicoKeyer Plus from N0XAS Reviews: 25 Average rating: 5.0/5 MSRP: $17.99
Description: The PicoKeyer Plus has all of the features of the original low-power PicoKeyer, however, the speed pot and push button switch controls are now mounted on the circuit board. Voltage regulator components and board solder pads are provided for external power so you can choose to build it without the on-board battery. A custom plastic enclosure is also offered for that finished project look.
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KB2CBQ Rating: 5/5 Apr 16, 2013 16:32 Send this review to a friend
What a SUPER little kit!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
This is a very reasonably priced kit with many features. I home brewed a keyer many moons ago and as soon as I completed this kit, it was on the air. The old unit, which was 4 times larger and only provided dit and dah went onto the "excess equipment" shelf! The kit and the instruction sheet were extremely explicit and the unit was completed and being tested within about an hour from receiving it. I have built other kits, some from scratch, but this is the absolute FIRST kit or project that I completed that worked immediately! This is worth every penny paid for the kit and in my mind the value is much more! I camp a lot and the smaller the necessary parts for mobil operation on qrp the better for me.
AE5J Rating: 5/5 Feb 22, 2013 20:19 Send this review to a friend
Great little keyer  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I am impressed. This is a great keyer that has 95% of the functionality of my treasured LogiKeyer K-5. I'm using it with a Yaesu FT-817 and it appears as if it was designed for it. The K-5 is a truly great keyer, but is a bit too large to make a neat package for the 817 in portable use. The PicoKeyer is perfect. Great product, great service, fun to assemble, incredible bargain at the price. Be sure to get the enclosure. Well worth the money.

And cute to boot!
KF7RCM Rating: 5/5 Jan 27, 2013 07:53 Send this review to a friend
Fun little project and works great  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I tried to streach out the assembly time on this little project to have fun. Even so it only took me about 45 miniutes to build. Very flexable for such a small keyer. Once you get the hang of programming it, it's a snap to use. Definatly flip for the enclosure for it.
GM0WNR Rating: 5/5 Nov 8, 2012 13:03 Send this review to a friend
Neat, great value kit.  Time owned: more than 12 months
Great little keyer, this is my second one, no problems with either. High quality pcb and components. Literally falls together and both worked first time, construction time @ 20 min (including coffee). The 1st. kit was inserted in a small home brew rig and was used as a variable speed keyer only, but the 2nd. was constructed as a stand alone memory keyer. One read over the instructions and I was up and running and after @ 30 minutes I had the memories programmed up. I was originally going to install a switch to key the transceiver to allow tuning of my doublet, but I am happy to use the menu to tune the rig. Can't say enough good things about this kit, if you want to buy an equivalent keyer from the "usual suspects" you are literally talking about a price of several times the cost of this kit. For the small outlay of a nice wee project box (or alternately buy the box from the manufacturer), you have a lovely bespoke little bit of kit for the shack. The life of the battery is at least a year (so far) with normal use. In short, if you like the smell of solder and you are on a budget you need look no further, this fulfills ALL my requirements.
N4YX Rating: 5/5 Oct 5, 2012 07:16 Send this review to a friend
Big Bang for the Bux  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
This is the best price/performance ratio available today for a "does all" programmable iambic keyer. I have many popular keyers including the MFJ-495, MFJ-451, Accu-Keyer, 9TO, K1EL's K42 and this little HamGadgets PicoKeyer Plus is a superb performer. I use the K42 both mobile and portable (iambic paddles & keyboard) and this new PicoKeyer Plus will be traveling with it for some of the paddle work. Iambic B together with Autospace work seamlessly together.
OZ1BXM Rating: 4/5 Jul 18, 2012 04:58 Send this review to a friend
Good keyer - minor flaws  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
The PicoKeyer-Plus is without doubt the best keyer in my schack. It is a pleasure to use, and provides exactly the memory space (4 memories each 60 characters) you'll need for everyday use. When you manipulate the paddles, the "feel" (i.e. timing) is just right in iambic mode A, and much better than I was used to when I operated the CMOS Super Keyer III.

And now for the flaws: 1. The kit is rated as suitable for beginners. I don't think so. The PCB is small and the components are packed closely. The PIC is sensitive to ESD, and the buzzer cannot take excessive heat when soldered in. I would rate the kit "intermediate". 2. The user manual is OK but can be improved. The instructional part of the manual explains the menu system in plain words - but I still found it difficult to grasp the concept. After some time, where you practice keyer operation, you get the grip. But I am still missing a better explanation of the menu levels, preferable with the aid of sketches or flowcharts.

Despite the minor flaws described above I won't hesitate to recommend the PicoKeyer-Plus to other hams.
W7KKK Rating: 5/5 Jul 3, 2012 16:25 Send this review to a friend
Nice Keyer and Enclosure  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I built one of the earlier versions a few years back for an older rig but someone else needed it when I bought a rig with a keyer so I gave it away.
Just getting active again I found myself with an older rig that did not have a keyer and I went looking for the PicoKeyer again and found they updated things with the Plus model and brand new software that makes it even nicer to use. And the price is still right too!
Just a side note the little enclosure that he sells is very nice. Looks much better than the can I put mine in a few years ago too.
Great value and a very easy to build kit for the rookies too.
N4OI Rating: 5/5 Jul 2, 2012 04:53 Send this review to a friend
Great Keyer for Boat Anchors  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I purchased the basic PicoKeyer Plus kit (no enclosure) and installed it inside my newly rebuilt TenTec Century 21. Works perfectly! The board is so lightweight that I just suspended it from its key jack mounted through the back panel. My C21 is now an up-to-date CW rig with a full-function keyer and Begali paddle. Back in the day, Novices never had it so good!

GI4ONL Rating: 5/5 Jul 1, 2012 06:47 Send this review to a friend
Excellent for the price  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
My only complaint (slight) is the audio level from the small sounder. I intend to use the keyer when portable on SOTA trips and think it will be difficult to hear. It takes a little practice to get the hang of the commands etc but I don't think this product can be beaten value for money wise.
CT1HXB Rating: 5/5 Jun 15, 2012 06:16 Send this review to a friend
Great keyer  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Great keyer for the price. Fantastic costumer support.
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