Elecraft KX3 ordered!!
Since 2004, I have been an avid builder of the excellent transceiver kits from Elecraft. Sofar, I have built one KX1, two K1 and two K2 transceivers – all of them showing stunning performance on the HF amateur bands. Therefore, I couldn’t resist ordering the newest radio in the Elecraft range of HF-transceivers: The KX3, which is an ultra portable QRP-transceiver (weight is only 1.5 pounds/0.7 kg) with advanced DSP-technology and SDR-architecture. The transceiver is featuring a general coverage receiver; 0,5-32 MHz + the 6 meter amateur band. I decided to opt for the modular kit version (all cirkuit boards are factory made, the builder assembles the kit and does the final adjustments), together with the KXAT3 automatic antenna tuner which provides preselection also in receive-only mode (and also in the MW-band!), and since I’m a true “CW-nerd” I also ordered the IAMBIC paddles.
The primary use for this little gem will of course be portable ham-radio operation, but I’m also very curious about how this radio performs as a MW-receiver. I have very good experience with the receiver sections of the earlier Elecraft radios on HF, and being the “little brother” of Elecraft’s flagship K3, I’m convinced that the KX3 is no exception! No, it doesn’t feature Syncronous AM, but good SSB-filtering with good slopes works just as good. The KX3 may be the ultimate MW/SW portable for serious DX:ing. Time will show! Elecraft is planning to start shipping the KX3 in late February, so I guess that I will have a few weeks left of the MW-season when it’s delivered.
More information about the KX3 and other products from Elecraft is found here.