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Another Portable HF Option – Elecraft KX3 for Portable Activations

Elecraft KX3

 

Looking into 2022 I hope to participate in a few activations.

With Tom K0TTC scheming to do a newer park on Detroit Island (which is a Wisconsin island in Lake Michigan – you have to love the reuse of names across the Midwest). Hoping we can catch a few other nearby Islands as well.

Having missed having a nice simple portable HF setup on my recent trip around Lake Superior, I’d like to be ready for some HF on an envisioned Lake Michigan circle trip in 2022.

I’ve had three radio options I could use. The Flex-6600M could be pulled from service at my work QTH station, I’ve used a TenTec Jupiter (and Pegasus) for this in the past, and I have a SGC SC-2020 that could be used.

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Elecraft KX3 Preliminary Specifications Page

Elecraft has put up a KX3 preliminary specifications page with videos links:

http://www.elecraft.com/KX3/kx3.htm

Looking very interesting!

73

Steve
K9ZW

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Dayton – 2011 – Random Notes Edition 5

Just in from the excellent FlexRadio Banquet. The FlexRadio team did a splendid job of explaining the History of Flex, the State of the Art of Flex, and with a new very wise limit on speculative forecast a snapshot of where FlexRadio is going.

We were told there were over 100 of us in the audience, and the hot news was of course the PowerSDR 2.0 and FlexControl products. PowerSDR 2.0 is the main software that runs your FlexRadio SDR hardware’s computer based operations and is a huge leap forward from the 1.1x PowerSDR family. FlexControl is the contest knob option for the radio.

Very cool though is the imminent launch of PowerSDR 2.1 with a ESQ (Enhanced Sound Quality if I got my notes right) diversity-like software function. This is way cool and allows the use of a noise antenna and your main antenna to synchronously process the signals to improve the heard signal. Look for the notes coming up on the Flex-Radio.com website for a technical brief.

Then even cooler is the persistent TNF Tracking-Notch-Filters which will follow soon. I got the impression that they didn’t make the 2.1 Gold Release version, though the feature was close enough to full release to showcase at the banquet.

Attendees were give the core of a new Ham Club presentation that they can adapt as a local club presentation. Very nicely done and I look forward to given the presentation to our club.

Keep hearing really good things about Elecraft and a buzz about the Hilberling. Definitely these three, FlexRadio, Elecraft and Hilberling have my attention. These three have the right idea of what the experience of using their products should be like. Rare crowd.

Prepacking tonight for an early morning departure as W9EVT would like to catch Sunday’s ferry to Washington Island if at all possible.

Another Dayton 2011 installment once I’m home.

73 from Dayton 2011 !!

Steve
K9ZW

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Dayton – 2011 – Random Notes Edition 4a – Elecraft KX3 Video

See the Elecraft KX3 at FDIM (the QRP event that runs during Dayton)

Sure looks interesting! Guess it is ok to say “I want one!”

73

Steve
K9ZW

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Dayton – 2011 – Random Notes Edition 3

Just in from the Collins Collectors Association Banquet. http://collinsradio.org/ A great bunch of people, though they were very much let down by the hotel – cold, late food, an electric country/folk group performing through a folding wall almost masking the speakers, and a complete lack of the little touches like Hotel Signage to point people to the right place for the event. A very in depth look at the last Collins model – KWM/HF-380 was perhaps too sharply focused for those of us who do not own this particular model, though there was no question the speaker was an absolute expert on the radio. I did win a $50 dsicount coupon on Boat Anchor repair at Land Air Communications ( http://www.landaircom.com )

More on the Hilberling PT-8000-2010 I looked at earlier in the day ( http://hilberling.com/en/en_son/index_en.htm ) – the new version is expected to ship to the first North American clients after Labor Day. Due to the extensive upgrades to the design between the original PT-8000 and the PT-8000-2010 Hilberling is having it again reviewed for FCC compliance. Production rates are likely to be steady with roughly one fo three radios built destine for North America. Base price is $19,900 for the 200 watt setup. In the colors available there is a lovely Green with Yellow Accent perfect for a shack with a QTH in Green Bay Packer’s country! Somehow I feel set up…..

The other radio that really caught my eye – that looked FUN – is the Elecraft KX3. There are websites resounding with photos take at the Hamvention of the KX3, and my impression holding the display unit in my hand is a solidly enthusiastic. If it plays on the air like it looks, then it is another Elecraft winner! Their website is supposed to be updated in the next weeks to feature the new radio – http://www.elecraft.com/

Interesting observations on the new Ham Books – they are mainly compilations, weak kneed watered-downs of true How-To books (lawyered down to meet risk reduction goals?), hard copies of stuff you can find on the net, or reprints. One long time book seller bought zero new stock to the show and is selling out of what books he has due to the changing offering and the changing readership. I’ll write more on this after pondering a while.

As a facility there seems to have been some effort made at the Hara to clean up the worst, but it still sucks. I left the HF Antenna Seminar in Room #1 at half way to escape the failed air-conditioning which left the room stifling beyond reasonableness. Actually it was just the front half that was heated like a level of Dante’s Inferno, as the A/C was on in the back, but that was so far away you couldn’t possibly see the slides.

Heard a lot about regional Ham Meets – Ham-Com in TX was being much discussed. Perhaps people are giving up on the underwhelming side of Dayton?

Between the costs of travel, the ability of the internet to convey information, that an evolution is obvious. Interesting times!

73 from Dayton,

Steve
K9ZW

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