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Subject: [CQ-Contest] Keyer
From: n0ss@earthlink.net (Tom Hammond NØSS)
Date: Wed May 23 10:22:37 2001

K0HB wrote:
>Thinking of replacing my old Heathkit SA-5010 uMatic
>keyer (the top is delaminating).
>    12V operation
>    Adjustable weighting
>    Adjustable spacing
>    Adjustable sidetone (volume and pitch)
>    Several memories (at least 5)

For my $$$, the ONLY keyer to have (and I've had MANY over the past 42+ 
years) is the CMOS Super Keyer III (LogiKey) from Idiom Press, 

If you're a builder, the CMOS Super Keyer III is VERY(!) easy to build. $58 
ppd for all the components that mount on the PC board, and with a little 
judicious searching, another $20 for the external (not PC board mounted) 
components. This keyer will typically run 1-2 years(!) on three internal AA 

The hardest part of building the CMOS III keyer is finding memory buttons 
with a really good 'feel', and I've found them, for about $1.50 each, 
including switch caps. Contact me if you're interested.

If you're not a builder, then consider the LogiKey, which comes to you 
pre-assembled for $130. This keyer runs on a single 9V battery, but I don't 
have battery life info.

As a contester/ragchewer I've found these keyers to provide ALL of the 
features I want in a keyer... and I find them to be by far the 'smoothest' 
sending keyers on the market today.

73 - Tom Hammond   N0SS

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