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Reviews Categories | Keyers & CW Keyboards | Eico 717 Vacuum Tube Electronic Keyer Help

Reviews Summary for Eico 717 Vacuum Tube Electronic Keyer
Eico 717 Vacuum Tube Electronic Keyer Reviews: 2 Average rating: 5.0/5 MSRP: $50.00 (Kit, 1967)
Description: Vacuum Tube Keyer from 1960s that included variable sidetone volume and pitch. Review is in July 1967 QST.
Product is in production.
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VE3CUI Rating: 5/5 Mar 7, 2010 04:40 Send this review to a friend
A Wonderful TOOB Keyer...!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
My 717 was acquired just last week from a fellow "VE3"-type Ham. What a wonderful machine! It really complements my Drake Twins here ("Studio 'B'"), and is a lot of fun to use.

I had initial mis-givings about two of the tubes used in the circuit---i.e. the ECH81---perhaps falling into the category of "unobtainium" (apologies to "Avatar", Hi), but a bit of research reveals that there are TWO possible candidates that should serve admirably as direct plug-in substitutes.

Other keyers from the era of the 717---most notably the 9TO series from Hallicrafters---seem to have eclipsed the popularity of all other such vintage units...but the EICO is a true gem that can proudly hold its own with that company. It's a real find, and deserving of a lot of respect from CW aficiandos of every stripe, IMHO...!

~73~ de Eddy VE3CUI - VE3XZ
FORMER_K0RO_TRAMPLER Rating: 5/5 May 16, 2009 16:39 Send this review to a friend
Great for its time...and later!  Time owned: more than 12 months
This was the keyer up with which I grew in the 1970s, and I had no idea how good it was. The variable pitch for the sidetone was a treat. It never occurred to me as a punk that not all keyers had such features. Our keyer was cosmetically modified with black and that mustard-brown plastic to match our Galaxy GT-550 set up. We ran it with a Viborplex paddle, and it is still runing strong in the shack of my brother, N2JT.

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