K2 vs k3 hi i looked through the archives and faqs and see the k3 is a all in one rig with top of line features. May 18, 2016 yet it puts out up to 10 watts, covers 9 bands, and shares many features with the kx3. Choosing elecraft is a no brainer, but any of the other kit manufacturers would be fine also. None were found so after following the advice on elecrafts website, as requested, i contacted them via email. Ham radio deluxe, cat control support for k3, kx3, k2 and most other rigs. I do like elecraft, and something like the kx3 with the panadapter and the kxpa100 amp would be a very nice base, then when you needed to travel, you could grab it and go. Whether its heading for a vacation or traveling for business, many operators want to be able to use their radios while theyre out and about. That is because the elecraft transceivers are different from other amateur transceivers, mainly in the. I just wrote this up as a summary of the elecraft datasheet for each. Elecraft k2 k3 elecraft k3 deluxe weighted tuning knob combo sparkys blog. The kx3 is a compact, 1606 meter, allmode transceiver thats ideal for both new and experienced operators. Kx3 which would you get im a fairly new ham and want a nice portable rig. Yet it puts out up to 10 watts, covers 9 bands, and shares many features with the kx3.
If you do not see a specific k3 k2 entry for the radio interface to a logging program, use their kenwood ts950 or ts570 protocol setting. Win4k3suite, windows control program for k3, kx3, kpa500, kat500 and the p3 panadapter. Jul 07, 2016 looking at all the hype and banter regarding all the new radios hitting the marketplace. All the same features as the k3 version with a hybrid software defined radio interface. This site is for those interested in the elecraft kx3 portable hf transceiver. It functions just as youd expect an elecraft rig to, and maybe thats the highest praise it can be given. It includes support for the p3, kpa500, kat500, kxpa100, sdrplay and lppan panadapters. To maximize your freedom to roam, you can outfit your kx2 with an internal 2. One of the advantages of the kx3 is sdr iq output, which can be used to drive a panadapter. Speaking of portability, one of dfargs operators has figured out an easy way to mount a kx2 or a kx3 on a car dash. Original elecraft k1 spiral bound manual great condition.
Custom dust cover elecraft k1 or k2 or k3 or p3 or kpa500. Setting elecraft transceivers for soundcard digital. For this field day, tom brought his personally built elecraft k2 qrp rig. Turning to the software, it seems as if the most popular psk31 software is fldigi, by w1hkj, so i downloaded and installed that on the old laptop. Setting elecraft transceivers for soundcard digital don wilhelm w3fpr the setup for soundcard digital modes using elecraft transceivers k3k3skx2 kx3 and also the k2 is different than the setup advice for other amateur transceivers. Other than the building experience, there is no advantage in the k2 vs a kx3 and that probably goes for the k2 vs kx2 as well. Ive been licensed since the late 60s with a few lapses, so ive used many dozens of radios over the years so i know enough to be dangerous. Wizkersradio chrome app that supports the kx3, kx2, kxpa100 and even the xg3. Several of my amateur friends have been using elecrafts for several years, and the brand certainly seems to engender a loyal following. Setting elecraft transceivers for soundcard digital don wilhelm w3fpr the setup for soundcard digital modes using elecraft transceivers k3k3skx2kx3 and also the k2 is different than the setup advice for other amateur transceivers. Design not at all an upgraded k2, the k3 is an entirely new radio and a new manufacturing concept. What can be said about this fantastic little radio that hasnt already been said. In mid november i sold my kenwood ts590 to finance the purchase of an elecraft kx3 and become a full time qrp operator. This page is dedicated to how to use the kx3 remotely with the kx3 companion app.
Accessibility evaluation of the elecraft kx3 by kelvin marsh m0aid may 20 the kx3 is the first elecraft radio i have tried. Grundig g3 shortwave portable left, elecraft kx3 general coverage transceiver right. It will also be very useful for those thinking about buying a used k3. Laniq sdr features stand alone software defined radio 30 khz to 1700. Kx3 remote kx3 companion elecraft kx3 meets android.
Elecraft kx series transceivers simply suit my operating style and meet my performance expectations. Youd think i was an elecraft fan, but thats not entirely the case. I bought the palm pico paddles and they work great and didnt have to change the factory setup at all. Kx3 basic computer setup for panadapter and log k4mtx. I think, for the most bang for the buck, find something like a 50 w amplifier such as may be a hard rock or something similar. With the expansion of the kx3 to include the kxpa100, px3, and 2m and 4m options, many operators are finding the need for consolidated tutorials for the entire product line based on their operating preferences. Please let us know of other logging programs that have k3 or k2 support. K2 transceiver kit free shipping april special elecraft. Then try to see if there is some external piece of equipment, or computer software that you can use with the kx two to get the same affect that you might with a pen adapter. The biggest and best ham radio classifieds on the web. A portable qrp 8010m transceiver category is a curation of 4 web resources on, a elecraft kx2 to yaesu ft818 comparison, elecraft kx2 brochure, elecraft kx2. Optionally you can use an external bluetooth keyboard connected to. Just to get a reply from elecraft took me well over a week.
Both the kx3 and kx2 can be integrated with the kxpa100, kat500 and kpa500. See if you can find someone with some of these rigs and try them out. The resulting user interface makes the technology transparent, allowing. The other day i had a request from mike, ve3wdm to create a post on my setup running the kx3 as an sdr. Yaesu 817nd vs elecraft kx3 differences for portable use. About a month ago, i decided to purchase an elecraft k3 kit, sight unseen. I have enjoyed my kx2 for the last year or so and also have a k3. Feb 17, 2017 although i too bought the elecraft key, with the supplied springs etc. This improvement is intended strictly for elecraft production calibration software. The evolution of a radio shackand parting ways with my elecraft.
Due to the cost, i leave the kx2 and kx3 at home most of the time and beat up rice box radios, the vx9a and the x108g. Jan 25, 2016 57 thoughts on yaesu 817nd vs elecraft kx3 differences for portable use reply glyn jan 25,2016 18. Phases 1 and 2 are my own categorization of the elecraft rig design history. Aside from the cable interface i set the kx2 to the data a mode and dialed the power back to 5w as recommended by elecraft. And the kx3 has the same fullsize display as the elecraft k3s, so all operating information is available at a glance. Win4k3suite is a comprehensive control package for the elecraft k3, kx3, and k3s.
In august, elecraft pushed out a beta firmware release on the kx2 which included am mode. The 100 watt elecraft k2 stood above the others not necessarily on performance, but the elegant way the radios owner configured his k2, 100 watt amplifier and 100 watt matcher. To have the computers do the tedious, mundane work, data collection is automated by making extensive use of scpi commands controlling lab gear and. The companys first product was the k2 transceiver, which was first prototyped. Although it is fully functional without a generalpurpose computer, its inelecraft will not be limited in the scope of future improvements. Introduction the k2 is a fullfeatured hf transceiver with the options you have come to expect from radios costing over twice as much. Side kx will make your kx3 ready for travel and use in a varienty of conditions. It will let you send and receive cw, psk31 and rtty by using your mobile phone or tablet keyboard. Elecraft k3 archives win4k3suite for the elecraft k3 k3s kx3 and kx2 building an elecraft k3 elecraft k3 a speaker for the elecraft k3 sparkys blog elecraft k3 vs elad fdmduo 80m band by ik5xct youtube. I work in an rf lab where part of the time we test and evaluate radios. As dinner progressed, he asked me what i thought about the ft5000 vs the k3. I was in the market for a kx3 when they dropped the kx2 on us.
Elecrafts new kx2 stealth transceiver can go wherever your imagination takes you. These are the most release notes since the last production firmware release. Then try to see if there is some external piece of equipment, or computer software that you can use with the kx two to get. The first stop was the elecraft kx3 yahoo group to see if anyone else had similar issue. It is so much better than a k2, especially when you run the extended temperature cal on the kx3 very easy, there is an elecraft paper on how to run the cal. It looks like the elecraft is pricier after you add the other options. Buy, sell, trade hf and vhf equipment, towers, antennas, rotators and more. See kx3 firmware release notes for a complete revision history. Upgrading the elecraft k3 with k3s components bridging the gap. Although i too bought the elecraft key, with the supplied springs etc. I appreciate your feedback on which of the two to buy. The kx3 transceiver is a portable softwaredefined radio sdr transceiver. May 29, 2016 its an elecraft, and a worthy offspring of the venerable k3. The elecraft kx3 does not have a builtin recorder indeed.
Hf power amplifier for yaseu ft817 icom ic703 elecraft kx3 qrp ham radio 45w. Current drain is as little as 5 ma, yielding up to 8 hours of typical operation on a single battery charge. Elecraft kx3 and kx2 win4k3suite for the elecraft k3 k3s. Looking at all the hype and banter regarding all the new radios hitting the marketplace. The elecraft kxline kx2 and kx3, px3 panadapter and kxpa100 amplifier allows you to use them in any number of. After some fidling around, i have a configuration that works with the popular. Comparing the size of the elecraft kx3 top and kx2 bottom at elecrafts. We are also considering the elecraft kx1 as a good starter kit. I cant claim to fully understand all the terms used, but i thought it might be helpful.
Technically the kx3 is already an sdr hardware components replaced by software through direct conversion receiver architectureso i think he meant to ask how use the kx3s iq data in sdr applications as the elecraft manual calls them. Mar 06, 2015 the 100 watt elecraft k2 stood above the others not necessarily on performance, but the elegant way the radios owner configured his k2, 100 watt amplifier and 100 watt matcher. Dec 02, 2012 in mid november i sold my kenwood ts590 to finance the purchase of an elecraft kx3 and become a full time qrp operator. Check elecrafts kpa software page for anything new. Elecraft kx 3 1606 meters ssbcwdataamfm 10 w pep 100 w with kxpa100 amp rtc and battery charger board 1. It has the latest firmware and includes all modifications. Actually, i had seen the rig at dayton, but i hadnt given it much attention. My k2 gathers dust and the kx3 goes with me to spain. Kx3 before there was a kx2 in the mud and everything else. Eric and i collaborated on the first designthe k2which represented a synthesis of our. All software on this page is free for use by elecraft operators. Both the k2 and k3 include built in test firmware and equipment to make. It just works very well and portable ops will love it.
The k3 is about the size of a large box file, similar to other midsized ham transceivers but. You wont have to dig through menus to set the power level, adjust the keyer speed, or change filter settings. I have had the opportunity to borrow a kx3, serial number. Elecraft k2 both my elecraft radios are physically compact and lightweight.
If youve been keeping track thus far, youll note that i currently have. Monitor the elecraft email reflector where announcements are made when new releases become available. Elecraft k4 overview a directsampling sdr youll love to use our new k4 harnesses the latest in signal processing while retaining the best aspects of the k3s and p3. We have already built several of the other smaller elecraft kits. Ive heard that elecraft support was amazing however i felt the opposite. I built my k2 about 12 years ago and enjoyed it for several years before upgrading to a k3 and kx3. The point it to give a young man an opportunity to see something start from a box of parts and become a higher level assembly. I also started writing firmware for the several microcontrollers to be used. It was founded in 1998 by wayne burdick and eric swartz. Elecraft handson ham radio, highperformance transceivers and amplifiers. Two vfos with multiple memories, split txrx operation, ritxit, full breakin cw, memory keyer, narrow if crystal filtering, excellent rx dynamic range and if derived agc are standard. Theres nothing wrong with the audio in the k3, but in comparison, the k2 just sounds mellower, smoother. May 16, 2019 elecraft k4 overview a directsampling sdr youll love to use our new k4 harnesses the latest in signal processing while retaining the best aspects of the k3s and p3.
Whereas the k2 is an inexpensive, digitallycontrolled. Jul 15, 2017 aside from the cable interface i set the kx2 to the data a mode and dialed the power back to 5w as recommended by elecraft. The kx3 companion in an app that will let the power use of your elecraft kx3 hf radio easier and lighter. Ive got three of the most talked about portable rigs on the market here in one place. I recently repaired a k2 for a friend, and what struck me again was just how pleasant the k2 sounds to the ear. The kx3 version of win4k3suite provides full control of the kx3 as well as a sound card based spectrum scope displaying kx3 signals in real time. The elecraft k3s factory assembled or kit, kx1, k2 and k2100 amateur radio kits. The swling post now participates in two affiliate advertising programs with two large retailers that still sell shortwave radios, the amazon services llc associates program and the ebay. Amplifier 50w pep 150100mhz 2x rd16hhf1 elecraft k2 k3 ft817 kx3 transeiver.39 1072 1065 858 1035 908 567 1232 936 765 1537 1230 388 666 680 253 819 337 1059 4 668 1069 1309 1266 745 896 66 1171 168 461 465 577 960 1490 1150 266 1295 495 230 762 410 1348 1182 1320 1418 217 1183 845