08-01-2012, 08:30 PM
I don't think anyone NEEDS a narrow filter for SSB contesting. But, I agree that it's all personal opinion/preference. In SSB contests I never go below 2.5k, but that's just me!
Originally Posted by KJ3N
08-01-2012, 09:53 PM
I've cranked the K3 down to 1.4k on occasion.
Originally Posted by KB9UWU
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08-02-2012, 10:36 AM
Last night there were 2 strong EU stations on 20m both a 59+ or better the were on 14.236 and 14.237 I have my K3 and my FTDX-5000MP on an 1/2 input button on my Yaesu VL-1000 amp. So switching between them can be done in a split second easy to check both radios. With my 5000 I was unable to completly remove the 2 stations from one another with the K3 use a stock 2.7 5 pole filter I worked the first one not hearing the other at all period then moved to the second and did the same. I was somewhat suprised the 5000 had a little better signal on them but lacked the brick wall filtering of the K3. It is a great experence compering these two radios together for the good and bad of each after all these are the # 1 and 2 radios on all the charts there are compairing all radios made.
I can't speak highly enough of the P-3 with the new SVGA setup also that really is an improvement to the unit. Now if they would just come out with a legal limit amp it would be great.
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08-02-2012, 12:38 PM
Very interesting, Fred. Thanks.
I've not gotten the SVGA option for the P3 as it seems of dubious value to me in its current form (I already have a second monitor above the radio), or I just haven't read of a capability it provides that I need. The brain trust at Elecraft will probably figure out something for it to do that dictates I "need" one!
08-02-2012, 01:13 PM
Other than a bigger screen for these old eyes I tend to agree but the firmware God's at Elecraft just released the first beta for running the K3 digi-modes (PSK-31 and RTTY) from the P3 via the USB keyboard port on the SVGA board.
Originally Posted by N0NB
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08-02-2012, 04:58 PM
As someone who believes in a lot of the virtues of a free market, I am not a "buy American at all costs" kind of guy.
However, I've got to say I am proud of the guys at Elecraft for creating a truly superior product, IMO. Great example of what intelligent people at a responsive company can accomplish.
08-02-2012, 05:15 PM
I am an Elecraft user/builder and I love what they have produced. I have built 2 K2s (currently building my 3rd) and a KX1. I also own a K1. The radios are really that good. I like the building process and always feel a little letdown when I finish.
My dream station is the K3/P3/KPA500 but that won't happen for a long time. So I will use the smaller radios until then.
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08-02-2012, 11:36 PM
Me too. Actually, I am very close to pulling the trigger on the K3/100. I have built both the K2 with just about all the options and a K1. Guess I'll have to sell the K2 to keep some type of domestic peace around here when I order the K3.
Originally Posted by N8XE
You K3 guys that operate a lot of CW - what filters do you have? I like to chase CW DX and once in awhile do some CW DX contesting. As I read the stuff on the Elecraft website and reflector - it seems the optional roofing filters are not really required for casual operating, but would be helpful in a contest or pileup situation. What is your experience? I operate about 90% CW, 10% SSB.
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08-03-2012, 12:19 AM
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08-03-2012, 12:28 AM
Originally Posted by WA3UCR
I think you'd be thrilled with it for that, and may not have to add anything. But the filters can always be added later, if you feel you need them.
I operate a lot of CW and to me, a DX-60A with a stable VFO (I have a Hallicrafters HA-5 from the 60s and it's as stable as anything needs to be) and 75A-4 will make exactly as many contacts as a K3 under about 99% of all conditions, and that's gear dating to the 60s and 50s. But there are "those occasions" where something better helps.
I think the K3 is a fabulous CW rig. My earlier comments about it being "so-so" only applied to SSB operation, where unless they changed something recently, I believe are valid. When I had a K3 here for nearly a month, no matter how I adjusted the EQ (I tried every combination there is), it never sounded like my Ten Tec stuff. People could always tell the difference. So could I, just listening on a separate receiver.
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