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Categories | QRP Accessories | Key Log Go (KLG) by QRPworks Help

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WD4MSM  Rating: 5/5 Apr 10, 2015 17:15  Send this review to a friend!
Clever Device!  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
You can operate "in the field" without this device if you are an Elecraft KX3 or Yaesu 817 user, but you will enjoy the experience all the more if you do use the Key Log Go!

This small, self-contained device is a light (only a few ounces) operating aid that performs more functions than you would imagine. As its name implies, it is a keyer (K1EL keyer actually with all the usual K1EL functions) and it does perform logging functions. But that is just the beginning.

Why would you need a keyer? Your radio always has one. The answer is that this keyer has many more options than yours and it also adjusts speed through a thumb wheel on the side; in other words, it is a breeze to change speeds quickly. It is also a memory keyer (but your radio has that as well). But your radio does not have 20 robust memories that can be chained, repeated, and loaded with your contact's callsign. The keyer even "increments" contact numbers if you are contesting!

A "Grab and Go" feature allows you to "grab" a call and use it in the log and macro keyer return messages. Once a QSO is complete you may "write" it to the log (with no paper and pencil needed). The log entry will include date, time, frequency, your contact's call, and mode. When you return home, hook the KLG to your computer and download the log! You may examine the entry in the field on the LCD display on the KLG case; that display has five levels of backlight for night conditions and is very easily read in bright sunlight.

The KLG has an internal 9 volt battery to allow it to operate without connection to your power supply; you may also connect it to a 12 volt supply and save the battery.

The memories in the KLG may contain messages you wish to send but they may alternatively contain commands for the radio. For instance, you may have been operating CW on 40 meters and you wish to switch to PSK31 on 20 meters. That change of frequency, mode, power level, etc. may be accomplished with a single button press. Any set of commands your radio is capable of receiving may be stored in a memory.

The KX3 is great at decoding CW, PSK, and RTTY but it scrolls across the one-line screen pretty quickly. That same text appears on the KLG but there are four long lines of text visible at all times; it is easy to glance "back" at something sent a few moments ago.

You may "write" the contents of any memory with your key or paddle but there is also a port for connecting a standard PC keyboard. There are many miniature PC keyboards available and you may wish to take one into the field (but remember that this is not necessary). The keyboard may be used to also send CW, PSK, or RTTY. It can also send the memories (by using the "F" keys). If you use the KLG at home as I do, the keyboard is a delight!

Direct frequency entry makes it easy to QSY. There are also commands that let you check the radio battery's voltage and even access a help set of screens so that you may leave the manual at home.

The unit is well constructed with a metal case and fold out legs to position for reading. Surely there is room for the small device in your Go Bag.

I find the KLG as useful to use at home as in the field. By using it at home I find the commands are easily remembered in the field.
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