Archive for the ‘Electronic Keyers’ Category

Can I use my electronic keyer like a bug?

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

“Bug” is a nickname for a semi-automatic mechanical key. Dots are made automatically by the device, often with a pendulum bouncing a movable contact against a fixed one as long as the lever is held. Dashes are made by hand. Electronic keyers make both dots and dashes automatically, but many of them allow for a “bug mode” or can be set up as “e-bugs.” So look for that terminology– bug mode or e-bug– in your keyer manual, and if you can turn it on your paddle will work just like a bug. But if your keyer doesn’t offer that feature, don’t despair– there’s more than one way to skin this particular cat.

What is meant by “Beacon Mode”

Friday, April 27th, 2007

Beacon mode, a feature of many electronic keyers, is the continuous repetition of a message until the operator intervenes. (more…)