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Reviews Categories | Keyers & CW Keyboards | K1EL K42 CW Keyboard Help

Reviews Summary for K1EL K42 CW Keyboard
K1EL K42 CW Keyboard Reviews: 46 Average rating: 4.9/5 MSRP: $92.00
Description: The K42 is the Swiss Army knife of CW keyers, it will provide many hours of CW operation and enjoyment. A
CW keyboard interface, CW reader, iambic paddle keyer, LCD display, and optically isolated keying outputs
are all presented in one compact box. In addition, the K42 will operate many different modes including
QRSS, HSCW, and conventional CW up to 140 WPM.
Product is in production.
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NU6I Rating: 5/5 Apr 20, 2018 12:59 Send this review to a friend
the best  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
not much can be added to all those positive reviews.
I have tried many keyers and readers over the years,
this one is remarkable.
K1MLP Rating: 5/5 Jan 28, 2018 04:18 Send this review to a friend
Superb  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I purchased the assembled version, getting to old to bother. I am strictly a CW person but wanted this for contests, dxepiditions etc. This can do so many things it really blows my mind. The boys at K1EL do a great job and build a great product, I highly recommend it....
KC8Y Rating: 5/5 Jan 27, 2018 15:59 Send this review to a friend
SUPER!!!!!!  Time owned: more than 12 months
This K42 CW Keyboard keyer is great :) 5++++

Because of my handicap, I use a keyboard-just have to get use to the memories.

I see they have the K44 available, now.

Ken KC8Y
K6WHP Rating: 5/5 Jan 26, 2018 19:48 Send this review to a friend
Up to four of these now!  Time owned: more than 12 months
Reviewed this unit back in 2010 and I seem to have a "jones" for these as I collected FOUR at this point in time! There are revisions that add niceties but the functions are basically the same. It's just I am a sucker for these when I see an unbuilt kit on eBay or at a swap meet.

The other three go out to my Field Day mates in June so otherwise SSB guys can pick up ten point per Q at our QRP operation. They all swear by them and it's gotten several "Baofeng Techs" into CW and the attendant joys!
WU6R Rating: 5/5 Nov 23, 2017 07:14 Send this review to a friend
Fantastic Keyer!  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
A great kit and a great keyer. I loved building it -- vey high quality, great build directions, very thorough setup and operating directions. I had a few questions during the build process and the customer service was very prompt and very helpful.
AB4IQ Rating: 5/5 May 14, 2017 11:27 Send this review to a friend
Fun Kit  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I've had my Amateur license for 45 years and apparently born with 10 thumbs. I ordered the kit on a Friday and received it the following Monday in the mail. After doing an inventory I started to assemble the board stage by stage and did do the checks as in the manual. Fired it up and all was well. Since I have another station I ordered another one. Well it didn't do to well. Emailed K1EL and he said do an Alt/Ctl/Del and it fixed it. Both work great and solved my 10 thumbs issue. Kit is very well thought out and great boards.
K6LO Rating: 5/5 Apr 22, 2017 19:01 Send this review to a friend
First Class Kit!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
A chronic hand condition has made paddle operation really uncomfortable for me. I am comfortable using one of the old Microsoft egronoic keyboards and decided to type my CW for a while. Enter the K1EL K42 kit. What a well thought out and comprehensive kit it is! The keyboard interface is great. I have not hooked-up the decoder so I cannot speak to that, but the key board interface has me on CW again, and I really enjoyed putting the kit together. Super quality from the instructions to the parts. Awesome!
N4XAE Rating: 5/5 Apr 3, 2017 09:00 Send this review to a friend
Well engineered  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I finished up with the K42c and the performance is excellent. On weak signals or crowded bands, the K42 zeroes in and begins to copy. It has sharp band pass filtering and can separate two signals slightly different in pitch. Steve, K1EL, does a good job of supporting his product via email as you might expect , his name appears on the schematics. He is thoroughly familiar with all aspects of his design. We had several questions upon start-up and Steve responded promptly with answers concerning trouble-shooting, theory and operation. Design and layout are excellent and you will end up with a piece of gear that will last you many years. You won't find these for sale used and probably for good reason. When completed you will have a high quality reader/keyer. Only complaint is audio output could be a little louder, but this is adjustable through the replacement of a fixed resistor. All in all, I am very satisfied with this product and think it's an excellent tool for anyone considering CW. 73
W3KHQ Rating: 5/5 Feb 19, 2017 10:15 Send this review to a friend
A fun project  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Here in Pennsylvania January is one of those months your normally house bound, what a perfect time to build a kit like the K42.

This CW keyer is all that has been said about it.

Read the assembly instruction and follow them exactly and you'll have no problems. Foremost take your time in assembly and make it an enjoyment. Now that I've broke the ice of kit building I'll need to look for my next project.
KC2ZXL Rating: 5/5 Feb 18, 2017 15:11 Send this review to a friend
Perfect CW Trainer  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I just bought this CW Keyboard keyer from few days ago. First time assembled my own ham gear and was slightly nervous but once I started getting into it, it was so fun, now looking for another kit to assemble.

Now the review. First and foremost, this is a high qulity kit. If you follow instructions exactly, this product can be built better than a lot of commercially built units. It is very polished cosmetic wise. Functionally, it performs beyond expectations. I always had the archilles heel for CW but now with this device, it can teach me to memorize and read/copy with confidence instead of getting nervous.

LCD's contrast is adjustible once you remove the cover, and it's backlit (default) and can be turned off.It works with my USB keyboard called Rosewill using the PS/2 cable. There are so many functions, it's vastly customizable -- I need to study the manual.

Steve provides good suopport and very prompt for questions. If you're procrastinating, don't, this is truly a remarkable device that belongs in every hamshack!
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