Rick Bennett

Phil, I agree that these modern rigs (aka from the "big 3") are not CW friendly. The only current, full featured rig I have seen that does it right is the Elecraft K3.

My favorite keyer is the old Norcal keyer and a similar version was put together by 4SQRP quite a few years ago.

I think the PICOKEYER is probably very similar, possibly an improvement on that design. Another one I have heard good things about is the K1EL keyers, the latest is the K14:

de KC0PET, Rick

----- Original Message -----
From: "Tim McDonough N9PUZ" <>
To:, "Phil Anderson" <>
Sent: Thursday, December 19, 2013 6:54:04 PM

One of my favorite external or "build it in" keyers is the Pico-Keyer
Plus from Hamgadgets. <> I have
always received great service and support from Dale.


On 12/19/2013 5:42 PM, Phil Anderson wrote:
Hey Youall,

What good keyer models are out there that are reasonable $ value; can be
kit or done,
which allows the op to adjust code speed with a pot, perhaps weight too and
sidetone volume and tone.......

Why? I've found one feature of my digital FT450D that I do not
like.....likely in many
other digital (that is memory and menu....) rigs rather than the old
analog knobs and pots for such things!

It's hard to adjust code speed while in a QSO since the memory and setting
for cw speed and any other cw parms has to be entered in with a number of
key strokes....ugh!!!!!!! Wishing for the ole days....

Unc Phil. By the way, who has that first RX of mine now? T'was 1953, age
It was a Collins RX1?; can't remember the name of the RX rig right now
but its sound was sweet!
It was loaned to me from my Elmer, W0AR, Lee of KCDX and LoudenBoomer
amp fame,

Unc Phil, W0XI, Lawrence (which is near Lebo or Columbus, KS :) )


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