Re: K3S parts availability???

Dave (NK7Z)

...and so another interesting thread dies before Elecraft has a moment to comment...

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

On 11/6/20 9:01 AM, Mal wrote:
You’re right almost as bad as that miserable crook Biden
*From:* <> *On Behalf Of *Gerard
*Sent:* Friday, November 6, 2020 11:50 AM
*Subject:* Re: [Elecraft-K3] K3S parts availability???
I'd dump the whole shit in the morning and go Yaesu.  Bloodsuckers.
On Fri 6 Nov 2020, 17:44 Gerard via <>, < <>> wrote:
I have a K3, a K3s, two P3s.  You think these cowboys shud be
allowed to walk away for support in light of profit.  Stinks like Trump!
On Fri 6 Nov 2020, 17:35 Gerard via <>,
< <>> wrote:
I think Elecraft are really cheeky what I would call abandoning
their last product to profit on the next.  I think it is
bordering on bullying and not business like to dismiss a recent
previous product, like the K3s.
What a croc of shit!
On Fri 6 Nov 2020, 16:53 KE1F Lou, <
<>> wrote:
I had my K3 fully upgraded and Elecraft returned the
original board with my K3. Now I have my "spare parts"
My question is to find out which other boards should I have
in my K3 inventory to round out my spare stock? Your
suggestion would be appreciated. Elecraft?
73, Lou KE1F
PS: Components used to be available for 10 or more years
because these components were used by several manufacturers
in new and old products such as 0.01uF capacitor. Today we
are talking about sub-assemblies, contain hundreds of
components and used by 1 manufacturer.
On 11/6/2020 10:29 AM, Michael Mickelson wrote:
It is heartening to see that Elecraft is researching
what parts might be in demand for the K3 and K3S.  I
purchased my K3,P3, KPA500 and KAT500  about 10 years
ago.  It goes without saying it is the best radio I have
ever had, not that I have any experience with some of
the high end radios made by the big three.  I know that
there is anxiety over the ability to continue to repair
and replace vital parts for these Elecraft radios.  But
I wonder how long Yaesu, Kenwood, Icom, etc repair and
provide spare parts for their legacy radios? It is not
surprising that Elecraft has to decide to end support at
some level.  I perhaps have one more radio upgrade in my
future...maybe a K4.
de Mike KD8DZ
On Fri, Nov 6, 2020 at 9:30 AM Mark Morin
< <>> wrote:
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.
I understand that building parts inventory for a
discontinued product isn’t the most efficient way to
run a business in the short term, but it’s the RIGHT
way for long-term success and sustaining customer
good will.
I used to work for a large radio manufacturer whose
policy it was to maintain a supply of spare parts fo
a minimum of 10 years after the cancellation of a
product. That usually meant a final production run
for spare parts, which the accountants might have
thought wasteful but more enlightened management saw
as a vital long term investment.
this survey to see which parts have sufficient
demand for a production run seems like a
penny-punching approach. I had hoped for better when
I chose Elecraft for my station equipment.
Mark VA2MM
Michael Mickelson
J. Reid Anderson Professor of Physics and Astronomy,
Denison University
740-587-0687 H
740-644-1238 M

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