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Reviews Categories | Interfaces, Radio to computer, amp, rotor, coax switch, internet | microHAM DigiKeyer II Help

Reviews Summary for microHAM DigiKeyer II
microHAM DigiKeyer II Reviews: 11 Average rating: 4.4/5 MSRP: $339
Description: DigiKeyer II™ is a powerful All-In-One USB interface for amateur radio digital mode operation including RTTY, PSK31, MFSK, Olivia, WSJT, APRS, PACKET, and many others which builds on the proven DigiKeyer.

DigiKeyer II™ includes a rig control interface for all supported radios (Elecraft, Icom, JRC, Kenwood, Ten-Tec, and Yaesu), an internal Stereo sound chip using standard Windows Sound drivers, K1EL WinKey CW Keyer, and independent PTT outputs for both LNA and Power Amplifier control.
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G4DWV Rating: 5/5 Jun 28, 2017 15:42 Send this review to a friend
Worth its weight in gold!  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
This bit of kit is worth its weight in gold. It is so inconvenient to have the volume knobs at one's finger tips rather than having to faff about with the rig's menus to change levels.

I bought this as I wanted to use FSK with FLDigi. It works like a charm and the manual is very well written. Support, either from America or Slovakia is excellent and very fast.

I could have bought cheaper, but when one gets terse answers to *pre* sales questions when they should be trying their best, I did not have any confidence that the tech support would be any better. That other company was G4ZLP. I always ask questions before buying just as a way of testing a company and getting a feel for them. Most of my purchases are made this way and I have never been caught out.

Over priced? Probably.
Do I regret buying it? NO!
Will you? NO!
HB9ALH Rating: 5/5 Apr 23, 2017 07:20 Send this review to a friend
Works perfect  Time owned: more than 12 months
I use my Digi Keyer II since at least 2010 and it works absolutly perfect. I had a MicroKeyer (I) before and wanted an integrated Souncard.
I never ever had any Software crash, even on 10 years old PC's and on Fildday Laptops which were quite old. Also you can open and configure as many Com ports as you like or want/need. There is since the very beginning of microHAM just ONE Software package which works for ALL microHam products, old and news. And this SW is well maintained and gets regular updates whenever needed. You cant get wrong with this product (exept if you do something wrong)
DL1YCF Rating: 3/5 Aug 28, 2016 04:02 Send this review to a friend
If you own a Mac, be sure to be a programmer.  Time owned: more than 12 months
Much is said about the device -- it works, and I find it great to have real knobs to adjust TX AF output level, this is very convenient if you qsy within a PSK channel.

You can trigger PTT e.g. by a tone on the "other" stereo channel, but your software possibly cannot generate this. What is missing here is a real digital VOX implemented within DigiKeyer.

In principle, the device need to show up as three serial ports, one for the Winkeyer, one for CAT, and one for controlling the device itself. Instead it multiplexes all this over a single serial interface. A design flaw -- if they had two extra FTDI chips in there, one would have a separate serial line for CAT and Winkey that is detected by the programs you use.
On a Mac, there exists an external application named uHrouter that does the (de-)multiplexing, but then the communication goes over named pipes and the programs you use know nothing thereof. BTW, if you have intermittent PTT loss problems, recompile uHrouter with a reduced delay between the heartbeats, 2.5 sec works fine for me.

If you are able to recompile your programs from the sources, it is quite straightforward to build in support for using uHrouter, this I did for fldigi and wsjtx where the DigiKeyer-II offers not only the sound card, but also hardware PTT and a CAT channel -- just find. For a CW contest however, I need an additional USB-to-serial converter and an additional Winkey box because I do not have hte source code of my favourite logging software. Had microham spent two extra FTDI chips in this device, which is by no means inexpensive, all these problems would be absent.

Why do I call this a design flaw? Because microham knew from the beginning that they won't be able to support all operating systems out there, and without having kernel-type virtual serial drivers (PTYs do not do the job) you are lost unless you plug in support yourself.

BTW for those interested, I have a quick-and-dirty fix for hamlib that talks to uHrouter if you select the device name "uh-ptt" for the PTT and "uh-radio" for the CAT serial line. So this should also work will all other programs using hamlib. However, as I said, the challenge is not to have this fix, but to be able to recompile the program from the sources (or at least, link it with the updated hamlib).

To be fair, I am sure I would give a "5" rating if I were a windows
user, because this is basically the only setup supported by the company.
AD7EF Rating: 3/5 May 30, 2016 19:19 Send this review to a friend
Extremely limited Mac support  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
If you're using a Windows computer, this a great interface for all digital modes. The Digi Keyer II combines a whole bunch functionality in one small box, with a single USB cable to you computer.

If you use a Mac, however, it's a different story. The microHAM 'Features' page says "Supported by MacLoggerDX on Mac OS X" and
"supports cocoaModem and other Macintosh applications". You'll find that, at most, there are one or two "other Macintosh applications" that actually support the rig-control features of the Digi Keyer II.

I was surprised to run into this limitation because I have been using a microHAM USB Interface II (with a separate WinKey USB and separate USB audio Interface) with Mac computers for several years. I decided to upgrade to the Digi Keyer II in order to simplify my cabling and have a higher quality digital-audio system.

If you do digital modes on your Mac, be aware that the Mac versions of WSJT-X and fldigi simply will not control your radio through the Digi Keyer II.
K1ZN Rating: 2/5 Feb 16, 2016 08:31 Send this review to a friend
A Love-Hate Relationship  Time owned: more than 12 months
After over 5 years of ownership & use, and periodic bouts with software frustration, I felt the need to write my first product review of the DK II. I bought the DK II primarily for FSK and have used it with both my Orion and K-3. When the software behaves, the DK II is great. However, the software via the Utility can be a bear at times. In my present Windows 7 environment I find that my settings will periodically disappear. And the file backup function simply does not work. Thus I must re-input the data. I have become very proficient at this. The product manual is poorly written. I have not found product technical assistance in the U.S. very helpful.
OM5GT Rating: 5/5 Apr 3, 2015 02:06 Send this review to a friend
No. 1   Time owned: more than 12 months
USB + RTTY + FSK + MixW + Icom746 + 750W hexFetPA = super,smoothly
FORMER_W4GV Rating: 5/5 Apr 20, 2013 12:13 Send this review to a friend
Fantastic product  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
Bought thekeyer to act as an interface for my FTDX9000S or FT1000D. Can't say enough. It's done everything I've asked of it. Recently I realized that my logging program (Logic 9) was compatible with the K1EL Winkeyer. Did the interface (basically just id'ing the serial interface) and it worked immediately. I was able to set aside the second keyboard I had dedicated to the DigiKeyer and just use the one for my logging program. Less clutter and more station integration. So far I've used it with both radios, two amps (an Alpha 9500 and an Ameritron 1200), MultiPSK, MMTTY, Writelog, N1MM, and Logic 9. Was able to set aside clutter and be more competitive in RTTY and CW contests.
F4EGA Rating: 5/5 Dec 10, 2011 11:22 Send this review to a friend
Excellent  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I realy love this interface.
Already buy the first version and love it, i bought the second version for the IC-7800 and it's really a great interface for CAT, CW, FSK for RTTY works very well.
I like the build in CAT interface, real FSK CW..., built in sequencer for VHF with RCA plug for LNA and AMP.
I tried some interface but this one is the best for sure.
DL9RCF Rating: 5/5 Oct 26, 2011 03:08 Send this review to a friend
Excellent  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I bought the MICROHAM DIGI KEYER 2 after a long time of thinking if i really need it - TRX here is a K3 - so I did not really need it - but now i am able to work FSK and have no problems with all the audio cables and the fiddling around with computer soundcard settings...just one USB cable does the job and a soundcard is built in...- software setup was easy (using here MIXW, MTTY and RCKLOG) - costs with high quality cable for K3 about 300 EUROs - i do not regret a single Euro spent on the MICROHAM DIGI KEYER 2 - I would recommend it if you like RTTY (and other digimodes)...also VERY NICE for CW keying...i love it...
KB1NXE Rating: 5/5 Apr 9, 2011 17:19 Send this review to a friend
Solves issues no one else can!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I bought the DigiKeyer II to replace a SignaLink USB only because itwas advertised it would resolve issues in my station. My station consists of an Icom IC-756 Pro III and an Icom IC-PW1 amp. I control my station with HRD. A well known and documented problem exists where the IC-PW1 will hot switch due to buss collisions on the IC-V serial buss. Not at all good. Well, I thought I had the solution, however still experienced buss collisions even with the DigiKeyer II.

As a subscriber to the Yahoo IC-PW1 group, a message come out that the DigiKeyer had a second CI-V connection to eliminate the issue! I set out to find out how and contacted microHam USA on a Saturday afternoon with absolutely no expectation for an answer before Monday. Would you believe they answer within a few short hours! Tech Support on a weekend? Extremely fast response? Unheard of support! Who else does that? Not even DX Engineering!

So, what you get is a very easy to install and get working product, a solution to vexing problems and support that is unmatched. Who would ask for more? If you have the same issues, this is the answer (BTW, I had the necessary parts to cobble together the recommended solution and it DOES solve the issue). I'm glad I went this direction.
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