Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

I can't find the manual for my kit!

Visit the product page for your kit.  There's a "Downloads" tab where you will find the documentation in downloadable PDF format

Can I use a PicoKeyer series keyer with my Brand X rig?

Some older tube-type transmitters and transceivers use higher voltages than the PicoKeyer, PK+ and Ultra PK can tolerate.  By "older" we're talking about vintage rigs that don't use transistors for keying.  The 2N7000 output MOSFETs are good for 60V absolute max.  This is great for most relatively modern rigs that use solid-state or hybrid keying circuits.  Of course there are exceptions, like some QRP rigs that key the PA directly.  In a few of these designs, the key has to handle several hundred mA of current.  Most keyters can't do this, and the Picokeyer is no exception.

You can use a UKA-2 or UKA-3 to handle the higher voltages used in tube radios.  You can also substitute a pair of VN2406L or VN2410L MOSFETs for Q1 & Q2; those are good for 240 volts.  There are other possible substitutes as well...  just remember that the gate voltage will be at or below 3V when selecting one.

How can you tell for sure?  Check the key-up voltage of your rig.  Below 60 volts - you're good to go.  At or above 60 volts - you'll need to add a keying adapter or substitute the MOSFETs.  If you have one of the abovementioned QRP rigs that needs a high current key, the UKA-3+ with the heavy duty relay option may work.  Or just use a straight key.

How do I connect an ID-O-Matic to my repeater equipment?

With the thouands of different types of equipment out there, I probably can't tell you how to connect it to your specific brand and model.  You might try repeater-builder.com, or consult yourequipment's manual and the ID-O-Matic documentation to determine the best way to connect them.

Can the ID-O-Matic be used to ID my cross-band mobile rig and add a courtesy beep?

Probably not.  Most cross-band mobiles disable the microphone and packet inputs as well as TT when in x-band mode.  You can try using the microphone or packet PTT and audio while it's running cross-band.  It likely won't work.

I called and left a message, and you never called me back!

Sorry about that.  Unfortunately, my day job and other obligations mean I have very little time to handle phone calls.  If you leave an email address, I will likely respond via email. 

Can I buy one of your kits through eBay?

No, sorry.  Not usually.  I just can't justify the fees eBay takes in addition to the PayPal fees.  Occasionally I will list kits for sale, though, so you can watch for them if you like. 

But your web site doesn't use SSL!

You're right, it doesn't.  All payment information is handled by PayPal, so no financial data is sent to or stored on my server.  In fact, there is no information on my server that could not very easily be found in the phone book, with a quick Google search, or in the FCC database.  

But I don't want to get spammed!

Well, good luck with that.  But, you won't get spammed becuase you ordered from me.  I do not release any customer information, including email addresses, to anyone, ever, period.  I take privacy very seriously, and I hate spammers as much as the next guy and more than most.

When can I order a MasterKeyer?

Sorry, but at this time I have no plans to produce a new run of MK-1s.  Check back later for any changes, or for new product announcements.

Does the price of the UltraPicokeyer Kit include the cabinet?

Yes, the cabinet is included in the price.  You can, if you really want, order it without the cabinet for a slightly reduced price. 

Do you offer volume discounts for clubs and group buys?

In most cases, yes.  The product page will show the volume purchase discounts. 

 

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