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Old 03-04-2020, 10:59 AM   #21
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Hmm, my other post didn't make it.

I don't have the K3/S but I do have a KX2, KX3, and KXPA100. I've had a K1 and a K2 in the past as well. Once you've had an Elecraft, it is very hard to get anything else, especially if you are a CW op.

The KX3 and the KXPA100 make for a great Airstream package. You can mount the KXPA100 and control it remotely. This would allow you you mount it say under a seat, close to a bulkhead connector for your antenna(s) (you can have two antennas with the KXPA100). This allows the KX3 to be placed either on your table or on a RAM mount for operation. Plus you disconnect a few cables and can use your KX3 outside on the picnic table QRP (<= 15W) or throw it in a backpack and take it hiking.

Right now my KX2 is my hiking/outdoor radio and I also have an MTR3b for longer hikes, cycling. All my other rigs are gathering dust and need to go up for sale on QRZ.

I like my 7300, but man is that TR Relay loud. I can't work weak signal CW without headphones, its that loud. Something to consider if your XYL is close by and you have headphones on (IC-705 same deal).
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Old 03-04-2020, 11:52 AM   #22
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Elecraft is a Top Notch radio Supplier

The K3s is an excellent rig for a fixed station radio so it would definitely work well. However, it is more of a DX contest rig than the KX2 and KX3. I don't know what kind of antenna you will be using in your AS, so depending on that would determine what kind of performance you would get from the rig.

I agree with the reply that recommended the KX3 and KPAX100. This combo would be ideal in the AS and save some space as well. Elecraft is a great company. Product and support is top rated. Additionally, you can add 2m support to the KX3 for local repeater use.

The other suggestions I've seen in the thread may also work out for you, but I can't personally say because I don't own them or use them.
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Old 03-04-2020, 04:39 PM   #24
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did any of you get this ham radio yet

it so, do you like it?

https://elecraft.com/products/k3s-transceiver
I own a K3S and prior owned K2, K3 and KX1. It is an outstanding rig and incredibly small and lightweight for its performance. In addition, it draws very little current in comparison to its Japanese competitors - a a great travel or FD rig. Despite its smallest nature it sits atop many competitive contest stations and goes along on the majority of DXpeditions. Though I am primarily a CW operator it has outstanding SSB audio especially when paired with a top quality microphone.

It is tough to go wrong with this choice especially when space is at a premium.

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Thought long and hard about an KX3… long-time Elecraft fan. But… got an IC-705 for ~$1300 and love it. Buddipole and some FT8 SW … work the world.

It is plenty stable enough for WSPR, built-in GPS, copies RTTY, has an easily swapped LiIon battery pack, adds VHF/UHF, WX and GA aviation RX… and DStar…. Plus adds a very fun display.
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Thought long and hard about an KX3… long-time Elecraft fan. But… got an IC-705 for ~$1300 and love it. Buddipole and some FT8 SW … work the world.

It is plenty stable enough for WSPR, built-in GPS, copies RTTY, has an easily swapped LiIon battery pack, adds VHF/UHF, WX and GA aviation RX… and DStar…. Plus adds a very fun display.
Hi

Looks like the AH-705 companion tuner for the 705 is out now. Based on early reviews, it seems to be a winner.

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Use the LDG Z-100Plus for my wire matching. Also, a small antenna analyzer gets the Buddipole to resonance and is fun to tune.

It’s all about fun.
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