Sneak Peak at Elecraft's New Products

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

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  1. 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.
  2. 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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  3. KM9G

    KM9G Premium Subscriber 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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  4. 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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  5. KM9G

    KM9G Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    I don't think there is anything in that market space at the moment. Those were the days.
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  6. AJ6KZ

    AJ6KZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Used KX1s are going for around $500 or more, and they sell quickly. I'm not a market researcher, but it seems like demand is there.
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  7. N2RIC

    N2RIC Ham Member QRZ Page

    LNR Precision has been doing a good job with filling some of the demand for a CW-only radio. There are other, fancier QRP radios on the market, also, but the KX1 has a cult following. I think a re-release or a KX1 v2 would sell well.
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  8. KI4POT

    KI4POT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Elecraft cache and fanaticism aside, I can't see a KX1 doing particularly well unless it's inexpensive (unlikely) or much smaller than the original while incorporating more features. The old one appears to be as big as my KX2, but doesn't do everything a KX2 does (or can do with optional modules). The current competitors (MTRs, QCX Minis, etc) are all smaller, which is an important factor to me if I'm looking for a CW-only rig.


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  9. KC8UD

    KC8UD Ham Member QRZ Page

    I agree...and I don't dispute they are good radios but it seems that anything "Elecraft" is way overpriced.
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  10. AJ6KZ

    AJ6KZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    The visual comparison is deceptive. The KX1 is 30% smaller by volume. And it can have a built in tuner. If you are going to use a tuner with the MTRs then all that space savings goes out the window. Not to mention the space the external battery takes.

    Also, let's say you spend $500 on a KX1. It would seem overpriced if you were never going to need a tuner, I agree. But you could spend $350 on an MTR (or more) and then spend another $200 (or more on a T1 tuner. That makes it a bit more of an apples to apples comparison.

    I really like my MTR-3b, but it is nowhere near as feature rich as the KX1 and I still think it's a shame you can't buy them new any more.

    But in the end, whatever. Getting out for a SOTA outing is what really matters. I'm hoping to see KI4POT on the air tomorrow! :)

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