Re: K3S parts availability???
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What is the policy of other manufacturers in the ham market today? (Not that Elecraft should be guided by contemporaries who may be perceived - rightly or wrongly - as ‘lesser’ - but still … ).
Back in the Collins/Drake/Hallicrafters heydays, most (“most …”) parts were standard and interchangeable. Not so much today. First of all, how many current hams are likely to do extensive board level repairs with tiny little SMDs? And how many of the parts used in today’s SDRs are custom (ASICs, FPGAs, displays, etc.)? Can you source your own parts? A few, but not many.
So, what policies do Icom, Kenwood, Flex, etc. have in place re: replacement parts and modules for discontinued models? And for how long?
I see this as a much bigger concern now than it was 50 years ago.
From: Elecraft-K3@groups.io [mailto:Elecraft-K3@groups.io] On Behalf Of Mark Morin
Fred, I agree with you that it’s disappointing from a company that enjoys such a stellar reputation for support to discontinue their flagship product without adequate parts in inventory to provide continued support for the product.