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PK-Basic keyer kit

November 22, 2017 - Back in stock - thanks for waiting
January 2019: kit now includes a solder masked, silk screened circuit board

July 7, 2023 see the Keyer Enclosure Kit to house the keyer kit

3/6/2010 - get a Norcal keyer chip in place of the kit PK-Basic chip at no extra cost

The PK-Basic is a Morse code iambic keyer which offers:

[PK-Basic board picture]

  • pot or paddle speed control, 5 to 39 WPM
  • 16 character memory + 13 character callsign memory
  • chip alone works well in the now discontinuedIsland Keyboard
  • pin compatible with Tick or K8 keyer chips
  • kit easily upgradable to the PK-4
  • mode A or B Iambic keying
  • beacon mode
  • one touch CQ using callsign memory
  • machine pin socket for keyer chip included with kit
  • speed readout - sends code speed via the sidetone
  • low standby power (about 1 ua at 5 V)
  • low active power (1.5 ma max. at 5 V)
  • small size (1 by 1.5 inches)
  • Kit price (no printed manual) is $14.00 + shipping/handling
  • PK-Basic chip - price (no printed manual) is $4.50 + shipping/handling

    Printed manuals available for an additional charge or download the manual and schematic and print your own!

    Note that multiple purchases of the PK-Basic chip without the manual, will be sent in a single anti-static bag.

    Print out a Kit order form form or try our: javascript order form

    For larger quantity purchases, manual pricing or to combine with other items, just send an email to:

    with your questions.

    Downloadable files for the PK-Basic

    The Acrobat files of complex diagrams (like the schematic) may not view well on your computer screen - suggestion: use the magnifier to zoom in for better detail or print out the file.

    pkbasic.pdf (56k) - an Acrobat file of the PK-Basic schematic

    pkbasic3.pdf (27k) - an Acrobat file of the PK-Basic manual

    modeab.pdf (8k) - an Acrobat file explaning the differences between Iambic mode A and B

    pkbhist.txt (1k) - a text file of the version history of the PK-Basic

    pkbasica.jpg (29k) - a picture of the PK-Basic kit contents

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