K1EL WinKeyer SMT Kit Review

The WinKeyer USB Kit

The WinKeyer USB is superb – it is powered from my laptops USB port and can be used with two rigs – so when I get the Begali HST III – I won’t have to plug and unplug between the ICOM IC-7300 and the Collins KWS-1. I will just turn the internal 7300 keyer off an use the WinKeyer.

Its simple and effective – I made a mistake and put the push buttons on the wrong side of the board – and K1EL sent a new set of 4 and I just cut the leads short and soldered them on the other side – and it works like a champ. As far as it being a kit – because the components are SMT – the only thing you solder are the connectors. Don’t make the same bone head mistake I made!

You can download the manual, the test and config software, and it even works with my Ham Radio Deluxe software – although I will have to dig in a bit to figure that out.

This is one of those products that has an “elegant design” – it does exactly what I want it to, was reasonably priced, and is convenient in every way in the station.

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