Elecraft K2: where does it fit in today?

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by KC3MIO, Mar 7, 2020.

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  1. KC3MIO

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    The K2 is still sold new by Elecraft, but its price with accessories is in the same ball park as the KX2/KX3. Why would anyone choose a 20+ year old technology over the KX line? I understand that it is well respected, but it seems like it’s priced too high. Used, in the $400-600 range, in good shape, I can understand. What is the logic?
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  2. WW2PT

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    Considering its performance, I don’t think the K2 is that expensive. If you’re a CW op, it’s one of the best performing non-SDR/DSP radios ever. But yeah, it’s a hard sell when you price a similarly configured K2 to a KX2 or KX3.
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  3. KC2SIZ

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    Here is one reason. You can build the K2 as a kit, and it's a real kit that has you soldering components to a board. Some people like building kits and want to build their own radios.

    Here is a second reason. If you build it as a kit, you will probably be able to repair it in the future, should anything happen to it. Would you be able to repair a KX2 or KX3? I certainly couldn't. Some people want their radios to last and not be things to be thrown away when they start having hiccups.
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  4. KV6O

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    KC2SIZ hit the nail on the head. It's all thru hole construction, and it can do 100W with the PA. There's still a market, or they wouldn't be selling it I guess!
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  5. KJ5T

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    I am a member of the Elecraft mailing list and I think KC2SIZ says it best. Yes Elecraft has rigs with newer technology but there is still a large following for the K2 in the Elecraft world and the fact that it is a kit and extensible seems to be one of the main drivers that I see people talking about.
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  6. KC3MIO

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    Ok, I understand the appeal of a kit. But what about the K2 as a rig? How does it stack up at its price?
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  7. W3KHG

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    Look at the bandpass filters with the Spectrogram program. That says it all.
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  8. W3KHG

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    The K2 also is an analog receiver making it very quiet compared to the digital radio's today. The is a G station who posted a video on youtube comparing the K2 to the Icom 7300.
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  9. N4GKS

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    I like the older radios vs. eye candy.
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  10. W7UUU

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    To me, many "older radios" ARE "eye candy" :)

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