Re: K3S parts availability???

Bob Novas

I'm interested too. My Drake C-line from 1972 still operates FB, and I'm fully able to fix it when it dies. Folks with Collins S-lines also have forever radios. I doubt I can say that about my K3S. What attracted me to the K3S was the modularity - the idea that if something failed, you could swap out a board, or, if an improvement came along, you could swap in an improvement. (I thought I remembered reading that was the promise of the K3s Mixer PCB - it was replaceable as improvements became available. But I can't find that statement anywhere.) But the idea that the K3s could become a paperweight is dismaying. Bob - W3DK

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Dave Cole
Sent: Thursday, November 05, 2020 8:54 AM
Subject: Re: [Elecraft-K3] K3S parts availability???

This is an interesting thread... I hope Elecraft speaks up soon...

73, and thanks,
Dave (NK7Z)
ARRL Volunteer Examiner
ARRL Technical Specialist, RFI
ARRL Asst. Director, NW Division, Technical Resources

On 11/5/20 5:50 AM, Jim - N4ST wrote:
I was offered a PA upgrade on my factory K3S a couple of years ago to
improve 6M performance.

Earlier this year I decided to go ahead and get the upgrade, but was
told it was no longer available.



Jim – N4ST

*From:* <> *On Behalf Of
*Sent:* Tuesday, November 3, 2020 21:26
*Subject:* [Elecraft-K3] K3S parts availability???

How long has the K3S been discontinued? Or has it been discontinued?
Is it obsolete? I have a K3 and a K3s. The K3S recently took a
surge during a storm that wiped out the KIO3B USB connectivity
function. Replacement parts are not available. I am on a list to get
one, if/when they decide to make more. Do I just give up on the K3S?
Are they just pushing the K4. Customer support did not say they
don't have the parts in stock, they just said to put your name on the
list so if they decide to make more they will let you know. No
estimated date of when they will even make the decision, let alone make
the parts? It all depends on demand??? Does not sound very
comforting to me. Yeah, I am very disappointed.
Fred, K0FG

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