Norcal keyer chips - 2/3/2006
12/23/2013: see the new SMT Keyer kit, Norcal version
The Norcal keyer chips were used in the very popular keyer kits from
The Norcal keyer chips are fully pin compatible
with the PK-4 keyer.
The Norcal keyer chips are also pin compatible
with the PK-3, PK-2 and PK-Basic (Tick and K8 chips, too) with the addition of a 10k ohm pullup resistor
between pin 1 and 4 of the keyer chip socket. The Norcal keyer chip shares the same pot speed
control of the previous PK series.
Also note that there are two versions of the chip, the regular version and the Pacificon
version which adds a sidetone frequency set but which has a higher minimum speed. If no preference is
indicated at the time of purchase, the regular version will be sent.
Customize your Norcal keyer chip: please indicate at the time of purchase that you'd like
your keyer chip customized with pre-programmed memories or different default settings and we'll
set that up at no extra charge! For example, you may want iambic mode A as the default OR
have the pot speed control as the default, it's up to you !
Here are a few of the Norcal Keyer chip features:
pot or paddle speed control
three 40 character memories
memories & settings retained without power (EEPROM)
Iambic A or B keying modes
variable sidetone frequency (Pacificon version)
low standby power
Norcal keyer chip (no doc) price is $4.50 + shipping/handling
(multiple purchases of the chip (no doc), will be
sent in a single anti-static bag)
for more information on
the regular chip. For the Pacificon version of the Norcal Keyer chip, see the
end of the NC2030 manual for
more information (dialup users: the NC2030 manual is BIG, several megabytes).