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Sneak Peak at Elecraft's New Products

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by KM9G, Sep 18, 2021.

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  1. KM9G

    KM9G Ham Member QRZ Page

    A quick clip featuring the new products, full episode below. Wayne was an awesome guest and we took some super technical deep dives into the Elecraft product lines.

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  2. CAHR

    CAHR QRZ Member

    Thanks for posting TO!
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  3. W3QJ

    W3QJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Real good one guy's, loved it. I have 3 Elecraft Transceivers and amp stations. About ready for a K4.
    Tnx Agn, Bob,W3QJ, 73
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  4. KI4POT

    KI4POT Ham Member QRZ Page

    I'm looking forward to the AX2. I use my KX2 in the same manner as Wayne as a trail-running rig (and other things). While base-loaded whips are a compromise, I've had good luck with my MFJ whips. I'm expecting the AX2 to further reduce packed size and hopefully provide better performance.

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  5. KO2Q

    KO2Q Lifetime Member 562 Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    The only problem, at least for a while will be the loooooong wait times.

    My K-line is going nowhere and I'm happy to have it.
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  6. M1WML

    M1WML Ham Member QRZ Page

    Very nice.. great radio.. ;)
  7. AK5B

    AK5B XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Roger that. I just started the waiting game since I ordered a KPA1500 three weeks ago. While I am normally a very patient person, I fear my wait will be a long one. Apparently the delay on the amp is due to unavailability of ONE single source capacitor, and there is also a possibility of further delay (November, or later) while Elecraft tries to find an equivalent cap that might be substituted. I don't want to bug the nice folks in Aptos so...

    ...I think I'll start a "Are you waiting for your KPA1500, too?" thread over in the QRZ Amps forum even though there's nothing short of a shipping notification email that will sufficiently console me. :D

    I wish there could be daily updates on shipping status for us Elecraft junkies!


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  8. GM4JPZ

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    Sneak peek
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  9. 2E0TWD

    2E0TWD Ham Member QRZ Page

    Really enjoyable video, Wayne is a good orator and I found the conversation around design etc… especially interesting. Thanks very much for this presentation.
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  10. KA1YBS

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    Paddle, I don't see a major difference. Mine has the tiny allen wrench attached already. (totally gonna lose it one day)

    I have mixed thoughts on the AX-2

    AX-1 Pros:
    1. The AX-1 works on three bands (resonant on 20 and 17 and less-so on 15, (requires ATU))
    2. I carry only one coil
    3. I already own it

    AX-2 Pros?:
    1. 40m will not require a "huge" add-on loading coil, to what disadvantage in efficiency?
    2. We can modify the coil
    3. New coils, although 3D printed, look tougher than the delicate AX-1
    4. Size and weight reduction (unless you carry three)
    5. Probably less wind-load than an AX-1 on those pesky windy peaks

    AX-2 Cons?:
    1. Modifying the coil on a summit is probably not a good idea.
    2. If #1 above, I need to carry more coils

    ...Was kinda hoping for a KX-2 sized "KX-4" that includes USB audio and 6 & 2 meters hehe :cool:

    73 de KA1YBS
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  11. CAHR

    CAHR QRZ Member

    Yeah, I have mixed thoughts on most antennas, so I'm right there with you. If I was going to Summit the AX-2, I'd take the whip and then 1 or 2 pre-set coils that I could swap in and out. I 100% agree that I wouldn't be re-winding a 'roid on a summit. Its a good option, and Wayne even said its not the "best" option.
  12. AJ6KZ

    AJ6KZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    I wish they would bring back something like the KX1. The KX1 cannot be beat (for CW users) as far as compactness (if you want an ATU). I did a comparison of the KX1 to the MTR-3b, including the T1 tuner and external battery and the KX1 wins for fewer cubic inches. This is NOT a knock on the MTR-3b. I happen to love mine.
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  13. KM9G

    KM9G Ham Member QRZ Page

    I have the KX1 and that is an excellent radio with built in tuner. I also have the QCX Mini and the T1. That T1 is an amazing bit of kit!
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  14. N2RIC

    N2RIC Ham Member QRZ Page

    I asked the Elecraft reps at the spring QSO Today Virtual Hamfest if they would consider selling the KX1 again, either as a re-release or an updated version. They were nice and said that they usually look at market demand, etc., and that the new K4 was their big project at the moment.
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  15. KM9G

    KM9G Ham Member QRZ Page

    I don't think there is anything in that market space at the moment. Those were the days.
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