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Reviews Summary for TICK Series of Keyer ICs
TICK Series of Keyer ICs Reviews: 6 Average rating: 5.0/5 MSRP: $50
Description: Microprocessor controlled keyers in an 8 pin package.
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AA8KY Rating: 5/5 Jan 5, 2010 13:30 Send this review to a friend
The Tick Chip  Time owned: more than 12 months
The best keyer I have ever used! I met a developer in a CW QSO nearly 10 years ago. I got his QSL info and ordered a chip. I built the keyer and liked it so much I ordered another chip and built a second. I need to change the batteries because of old age, they just never use any current! And there are 2 memories, beacon, tune, paddle switch, straight key mode, speed adjust. Everything you need in one small chip. I sure would like to find out their address so I can order chips so I can build keyers for friends. Never any problems. Haven't even used the second one, and I basically do all CW!
KX2S Rating: 5/5 Dec 26, 2006 11:49 Send this review to a friend
Tick4 great upgrade  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have been using the Tick1 for several years as a stand alone keyer fro my Cubic Astro 103.
Lat time the battery went dead and was replaced it seems the chip took a hit and wouldn't adjust speed. So after a little research I found that Kanga now carries the Tick keyer chips. Purchased a Tick 4 and plugged it in. Has all the features of the old Tick 1 plus hold the parameters on power down. Best little keyer I have ever had and in expensive too. Here is the latest site link as the one listed is dead.
N7TM Rating: 5/5 Dec 30, 2000 23:45 Send this review to a friend
Very cool!  Time owned: more than 12 months
I think the TiCK series of keyer IC's is a great product. Many years ago on a Christmas Day, I built a Heathkit keyer. It took all day. There were lots of parts. There were integrated circuits, resistors, capacitors, a transformer, and more. I'm so impressed that all of this has been packaged into an 8-pin IC. The TiCK chips are found in many QRP transmitter kits. I've got several TiCK chips built into various QRP rigs. I also built a standalone TiCK keyer that I use with various boatanchor transmitters. This Christmas I received a TiCK 4 chip as a present. The TiCK 4 is neat because it saves various user parameters (such as keying speed) in non-volatile memory. In other words, the parameters remain set across power-up cycles. The TiCK 4 also has two keyer memories that work well. Unfortunately, the two memories are not saved when the keyer is powered down. The TiCK series is certainly worth the money!
KB8X Rating: 5/5 Dec 27, 2000 13:35 Send this review to a friend
Easy basic keyer kit  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
The Tick-1 board kit arrived within two weeks and went together in a single evening. The kit instructions were easy to follow and when completed, the tiny keyer came to life with no problem. I was tempted to put it into the OHR 100, but decided to build it into a small portable box as a stand alone keyer to use with various QRP rigs. It would be very simple and perhaps, in some ways, easier to install it into the rig itself. I plan to buy another of these kits to install into my favorite QRP radio (OHR 100). For $18.50 (including shipping)I have been VERY pleased with the little keyer. It provides the user with a fine project for beginners and a nice basic keyer for all. While the Tick-1 does not have message memory, it does offer many other nice features. I prefer to send even contest exchanges manually and do not miss all the annoying buttons(hi). You may check the specs and other keyers(with memory)offered by Embedded Research at
K3VO Rating: 5/5 May 22, 2000 21:27 Send this review to a friend
Love it  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I bought the Tick 4 at Dayton this year and had it
built by Sunday night.
This is a great product and well worth the money.
I am usisng it with my TS-940
N9VV Rating: 5/5 Oct 21, 1999 18:54 Send this review to a friend
SuperTiCK-3 is one great keyer  Time owned: unknown months
I built the SuperTiCK-3 as a warm-up kit before my K2 arrived. I really enjoy using the SuperTiCK on my old OHR-100A. Many of the new rigs (DSWxxx, NC series now includes the TiCK internally, and ,K2 for example) have built-in keyers so this is of interest to persons with older gear. The keyer works flawlessly. The Kit includes a super low current voltage regulator and draws less than 10ua idle current for memory backup. The keyer uses a common 9VDC batt during normal use. Takes about an hour to build. The EMB Enclosure kit is worth every cent and includes all the necessary hardware and nifty box with a perfect spot for the 9VDC battery. There is a 3VDC Lithium batt that powers the memory for an indefinite period. It must last one heck of a long time under normal op condx. The memories are easy to program and I especially like the feature that keeps the timing that I used when keying. The sidetone from the menu program is loud and easy to hear thru headphones. That overcomes one deficiency of the MK series from Whiterook where the sidetone is so low and minute that I can't hear it with phones on. The TiCK also has both A and B timing modes so that those of us who are squeeze challenged will have the right selection. The TiCK -3 and TiCK-4 seem to be pin-for-pin compatible so you can upgrade for about $15. Very fine IC design and the kit with micro voltage regulator is tops for older rigs without internal keyers. Great value. Fun to use. Very stable and reliable.
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