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Reviews Categories | QRP Accessories | N0XAS PicoKeyer for the Rock-Mite / Hi-Mite Help


Reviews Summary for N0XAS PicoKeyer for the Rock-Mite / Hi-Mite
N0XAS PicoKeyer for the Rock-Mite / Hi-Mite Reviews: 2 Average rating: 5.0/5 MSRP: $6.95
Description: This chip directly replaces the original Rock-Mite or Hi-Mite keyer chip. While preserving the normal Rock-Mite or Hi-Mite operating mode, the PicoKeyer-RM adds a whole set of new features to make these rigs even more fun to operate!

* Two 100-character message memories with embedded commands for word repeat, pause, etc.
* Auto-repeating "beacon" mode for calling CQ, etc with adjustable delay between repeats
* Hands-free tuning mode with steady carrier or 50% duty cycle
* Adjustable weight
* Adjustable sidetone pitch
* Mode A, Mode B, Bug or Ultimatic modes
* Straight key mode (with messge memories)
* 5 to 60 WPM speed
* Auto-incrementing QSO/serial numbers in memory messages
* Left/right hand paddle switching

Product is in production.
More info: http://www.hamgadgets.com/
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N5DUX Rating: 5/5 Dec 29, 2008 13:14 Send this review to a friend
Must have  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have built several Rockmites and HiMites. I absolutely love these little addon chips. I recently completed a RM-20 that I had put on a backburner and forgot about. When I turned it on, I was disappointed to find that I only had the basic chip. I forgot that the PicoKeyer was an add-on for my previous Rockmites - they're that useful.

I love the Memory Keyer which is indispensable for QRPp work. The "Tune" mode is also a god-send. You can change the sidetone on the RM and even run in beacon mode. Hats off to Dale at HamGadgets for this little wonder, it's a perfect compliment to the Rockmite and definitely a must-have addition.
 
WA6L Rating: 5/5 Oct 31, 2008 15:08 Send this review to a friend
Crazy not to buy it!  Time owned: more than 12 months
If you own a Rockmite transceiver or are planning to build one, you absolutely have to get this keyer chip. For just a few bucks you get a built-in keyer with more features than the average Ham will ever use.

It is a direct and easy replacement for the PIC that coms with the Rockmite kit. The only extra step is installing a 10K resistor between pins 1 and 4 of the chip. This is either an easy 2-minute soldering job or you can just stick the leads of the resistor into the IC socket next to the pins.

Building and operating a Rockmite is a load of fun, and this little addition makes it even better. You get two 100-character memories, beacon mode, adjustable sidetone, auto-tune, and more. My favorite feature (worth the price alone) is the ability to stick a straight-key into the jack on the Rockmite, and have the keyer auto-magically detect it.

Thanks and 73,

John, WA6L
 


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