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keyer/paddle has a standard 5-pin
DIN type socket on the base for connection of all necessary wiring. Note
that the pins are not numbered sequentially!
If you look
closely at the socket on the Key-8 you will see that very small numbers
are impressed near each hole, and the numbering matches the diagram
at left. Note also perspective is important-- the diagram shows the
as seen on the front of the socket. You will be wiring a plug, so the
is reversed-- the diagram shows the view from the back
side) of the plug.
Power Supply-- connect your power supply (6-15Volts DC; a 9V battery works fine) to pins 3 (+) and 4 (-). Pin 4 is circuit ground and common to the case of the paddle.
The key line (to your transceiver's key jack) is connected to pins 1 and 5. The internal key line is a simple loop from pin 1 to pin 5 via a relay (which is closed by the keyer when sending a dot or dash). Polarity doesn't matter. Maximum rating of the key line (or more particularly the relay) is 30V at 100mA.
If you want to hear the keyer's sidetone, connect an audio cable to pins 2 (center) and 4 (ground) and terminate in a headphone socket.
Bypassing the Internal Keyer
If you want to use the Key-8 as a paddle, without using the
keyer, you can bypass the keyer fairly easily. You will probably want
do this if you are used to an "iambic" or "squeeze" keyer, because the
Key-8's keyer is not iambic (won't alternate dots and dashes when
The two contact posts (fixed) are the isolated dot and dash
while the contacts on the paddle levers (movable) are connected to
Use shielded stereo cable. Connect the shield to a convenient ground
example, one of the DIN socket screws) and connect the two inner
to the adjusting screws on the dot and dash posts. Small alligator
will work, or remove the contact screw and thread a small solder lug
it between the lock-nut and the post.
Alternatively, you can open up the Key-8 and disconnect the
the dot and dash lines directly to the DIN socket. Use a small
to loosen and remove the knob from the speed-control pot. Use a
7mm socket to remove the hex nut that is recessed in the center of the
base. You may need to remove (pick out) a hard black wax seal over the
nut. The base will slide out, exposing the circuit board and internal
The circuit board can be removed (the pot is attached to the board, not
the case). Disconnect the wires on pins 1 and 5 of the DIN socket.
the positions on the circuit board where the dot and dash lines (from
contact posts) are connected and tack-solder a wire from there to pins
1 and 5 of the DIN socket. Make a note of which pin is dots and which
dashes! Replace base and speed knob.
Other options (hey, it's your paddle, you can do anything you want with it!) include installing a dpdt switch on the output so you can switch between internal and external keyer, or installing a different keyer, e.g. one of the inexpensive single-chip iambics.