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K3 is very good quality product made from good quality parts. No
issue in the first 10 years. Only the display is a special item
but it is used KX3 and KX2 also, just do not drop it. Farnell,
Mouser is your friend. Anyhow I think it is better than the
competition. The rubber buttons will wear out earlier or later
that might be a concern only. If you are concerned buy now spare
component and you will be a happy old timer radio owner after
On 11/7/2020 5:30 PM, Alex OE3JTB
I bought 6 years ago a gently used K3 and made an upgrade with
sync board and some additional parts.
I am very satisfied with the TRX.
One of my purchase decision was, I believed Elecraft would store
spare parts longer than the well known competitors. on the other
hand I prefer simple displays, not theese SDR one.
Several years ago I owned a Kenwood 950 SDX , with was
discontinued 6-7 years and when I asked my dealer, if spare parts
would be available, he denied some essential parts.
So I sold it quickly , even there where no issues.
So I would asked the experienced here, are there essential issues
in the last years as some other brands have had.
I know only some issues with the 4 knobs and broken caps.
I will keep mine as long as I can, today I see no alternative to a
K3 according to size, weight and performance.
I believe Elecraft has a good reputation, and they dont gamble