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mikerodgerske5gbc
 

http://qrper.com/

Super nice video on TS-990 at Tokyo

73
Mike R

Play me some fiddle, but no stinkin' violin!

Amateur/Ham Radio KE5GBC
HF & Echolink mobile


FS: Elecraft K3 Deluxe Weighted Tuning Knob Combo with Ball Bearing Finger Dimpl

David <n1lq@...>
 

Hi Everyone,

Offering for sale a like new Elecraft K3 Deluxe Weighted Tuning Knob Combo with Ball Bearing Finger Dimple as seen at the 73cnc website: http://www.73cnc.com/Elecraft_K3_Deluxe_Main_and_VFO_B_Knob_Combo_p/k3deluxecombo.htm

This set is in like new condition and without flaw or mar. I purchased it in late May.

New, this set new sells for $170. The 73cnc web site has been showing this as out of stock since the beginning of the summer.

I will sell the set for $140 shipped in the USA.

It is a beautiful addition to the K3 and a joy to use in tuning. It's a chance to get yours without waiting for the restocking later by 73cnc.

Please contact me with you questions or interest off this list at N1LQ@...

Thanks and 73 de N1LQ-Dave


K3 arrived

Dave <gm6jua@...>
 

Got my k3 Wednsday fitted with the 2.8 mhz filter and I.F board.
compared to my previous radio's ( ts 590s ts 480hx ft950 and ft2000 )
the radio is awesome in build quality and perfomance,and I'm only scratching the surface of its capabilities.
very happy new user
Dave gm6jua


KX3 Utility for Mac and Linux v1.12.8.11

David Fleming
 

There are new versions of the Elecraft KX3 Utility for Mac and Linux available for download on the Elecraft KX3 Software page.

http://www.elecraft.com/KX3/KX3_software.htm

The Mac version is now built using Apple's Cocoa framework instead of Carbon.


Advantages to using Cocoa:

1) Accessibility - The main motivation for the conversion is
to provide much better support for accessibility applications 
used by the visually impaired (such as VoiceOver). 

2) Better keyboard support - The program can now 
be controlled entirely from the keyboard 
without having to touch the mouse.

3) Appearance - Although subtle, the Cocoa controls 
have a more Mac-centric appearance.

4) Apple has declared the Carbon APIs deprecated 
in OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion (although Carbon apps will still run fine on Mountain Lion).

There have been a number of bug fixes for both Mac and Linux. All Mac and Linux users should upgrade to this version.

Many thanks to all of the beta testers that helped troubleshoot. Much appreciated.

Tnx and 73,

David, W4SMT


Did Elecraft miss the boat on the Pan Adapter?????

Jim Bo <jbollit@...>
 

I am contemplating the pan adaptor, but based on what I have read, there is a weak point that may or may not be there.
 
I have a Perseus SDR and I am hooked on the "sub display" that shows a frequency span that is dependent on the IF filter you have chosen.  The main display will continue to show, say 100 kHz of the 20 meter CW band (just the the Elecraft pan adapter will do), but there is a sub display that will show a frequency span of 800 Hz (+/- 400 Hz) in the 0.8 kHz CW mode, that allows one to EASILY adjust the filter position (IF Shift), each of the filter edges independently, and the notch filter.
 
In the case of the Elecraft pan adapter, I can "neck down" the span to see the effects of the narrow filter, BUT then I lose the ability to see the 100kHz span.
 
Can the Elecraft pan adaptor "play" like the Perseus?
 
Jim
 


Re: [Elecraft_K3] Signal Reporting with the K3

David Cutter
 

The ideal instrument to measure HF noise for the HF Noise Measuring Campaign run by Gwyn  g4fkh@...
 
David
G3UNA
 
 
 

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, August 23, 2012 4:30 PM
Subject: [Elecraft_K3] Signal Reporting with the K3

 

The Elecraft K3 is a fine radio for giving accurate signal reports.  The same applies to the KX3.  The S-meters on both rigs measure signal strengths as high as the astronomical 60 dB over S-9.  When operating CW or PSK31 or RTTY, I usually employ the CWT facility on the K3 or KX3.  Since the CWT utilizes the portion of the S-meter for readings above S-9, CWT must be turned off briefly to get proper readings for those strong signals.  The beautifully-contrasting S-meter black bars against the orange background of the display make it dead simple to catch S-meter readings at a glance.

A problem is that RST was never designed for accurate quantitative signal reporting.  The Strength parameter in official RST uses verbal descriptions rather than actual measurements, and the unofficial RST Strength parameter which uses the digits 1 through 9 only allows reports up to S-9.  An alternative system, called CS or Copyability and Strength, was published in the February 2012 issue of QST.  CS is also summarized on the N7RR page of QRZ.com.  You need to become a registered user to access detailed station information on QRZ.com.  Registration is free.  Go to and click on help/register to follow directions about registration.  CS uses S-meter readings for its Strength parameter, including for very strong signals well above the S-9 level.

I am placing an article in the Yahoo Groups file section for this K3 reflector which gives more details about signal reporting.

73, Bruce N7RR


J. Bruce Prior   853 Alder Street  Blaine, WA 98230-8030   360-332-6046   Grid CN88px    Amateur Radio Station N7RR    The CW Operators' Club 846    
Washington State SOTA Manager   Pacific Northwest Trail Association   American Alpine Club #1672    SATERN


Re: [Elecraft_K3] Signal Reporting with the K3

Rob Sherwood
 

Not only that, but most radios read higher on the S meter as you turn on preamp 1 (or preamp 2). The K3 can be run in absolute mode, but that is not the default. Rob, NC0B

"Lars E. Pettersson" <lars@...> 8/23/2012 10:46 AM >>>
On 08/23/2012 06:30 PM, Bruce Prior wrote:
to follow directions about registration. CS uses S-meter readings for
its Strength parameter, including for very strong signals well above the
S-9 level.
Wouldn't it be better to use signal to noise ratio? I.e. how many dB
above the noise the signal is? If we have a signal at S8, and a noise
level of S7, the strength of the signal might not be that interesting.

Just a thought. But perhaps that is more connected with readability.

73 de Lars, sm6rpz
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http://www.sm6rpz.se/



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Re: [Elecraft_K3] Signal Reporting with the K3

Lars E. Pettersson
 

On 08/23/2012 06:30 PM, Bruce Prior wrote:
to follow directions about registration. CS uses S-meter readings for
its Strength parameter, including for very strong signals well above the
S-9 level.
Wouldn't it be better to use signal to noise ratio? I.e. how many dB above the noise the signal is? If we have a signal at S8, and a noise level of S7, the strength of the signal might not be that interesting.

Just a thought. But perhaps that is more connected with readability.

73 de Lars, sm6rpz
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http://www.sm6rpz.se/


New file uploaded to Elecraft_K3

Elecraft_K3@...
 

Hello,

This email message is a notification to let you know that
a file has been uploaded to the Files area of the Elecraft_K3
group.

File : /Genuine Signal Reports with Copyability and Strength.doc
Uploaded by : n7rr <n7rr@...>
Description : CS is a viable quantitative alternative to RST.

You can access this file at the URL:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Elecraft_K3/files/Genuine%20Signal%20Reports%20with%20Copyability%20and%20Strength.doc

To learn more about file sharing for your group, please visit:
http://help.yahoo.com/l/us/yahoo/groups/original/members/web/index.html
Regards,

n7rr <n7rr@...>


Signal Reporting with the K3

Bruce Prior
 

The Elecraft K3 is a fine radio for giving accurate signal reports.  The same applies to the KX3.  The S-meters on both rigs measure signal strengths as high as the astronomical 60 dB over S-9.  When operating CW or PSK31 or RTTY, I usually employ the CWT facility on the K3 or KX3.  Since the CWT utilizes the portion of the S-meter for readings above S-9, CWT must be turned off briefly to get proper readings for those strong signals.  The beautifully-contrasting S-meter black bars against the orange background of the display make it dead simple to catch S-meter readings at a glance.

A problem is that RST was never designed for accurate quantitative signal reporting.  The Strength parameter in official RST uses verbal descriptions rather than actual measurements, and the unofficial RST Strength parameter which uses the digits 1 through 9 only allows reports up to S-9.  An alternative system, called CS or Copyability and Strength, was published in the February 2012 issue of QST.  CS is also summarized on the N7RR page of QRZ.com.  You need to become a registered user to access detailed station information on QRZ.com.  Registration is free.  Go to and click on help/register to follow directions about registration.  CS uses S-meter readings for its Strength parameter, including for very strong signals well above the S-9 level.

I am placing an article in the Yahoo Groups file section for this K3 reflector which gives more details about signal reporting.

73, Bruce N7RR


J. Bruce Prior   853 Alder Street  Blaine, WA 98230-8030   360-332-6046   Grid CN88px    Amateur Radio Station N7RR    The CW Operators' Club 846    
Washington State SOTA Manager   Pacific Northwest Trail Association   American Alpine Club #1672    SATERN


Re: [Elecraft_K3] Re: Elecraft K3 utility and Windows 7

william conkling <bconk75@...>
 

Do you have VOX turned on?

...bill nr4c

On Aug 21, 2012 7:20 AM, "Don Shipman" <dlships@...> wrote:

 

Hi Rich,
I'm not using any port sharing software. I don't have any radio control software installed other than the K3 Utility.

By locks up I mean. The tx light appears but I see no indication of a signal being emitted from the K3. None of the buttons or dials on the radio seem to be active. 

Starting from opening the shack door... I turn on the K3 and it works as it should. I turn off the K3 and turn on the computer and the computer works as it should. I can bring up the K3 utility or activate any other application and things are normal. I close the K3 utility or I leave it active, it doesn't matter...then I turn on the K3, there's a moment of receive audio then the tx light comes on and the audio disappears. I refresh the port list on the utility and select the correct port, test communication and the utility cycles through attempts to communicate at the different baud rates. 
I must then shut the computer down for the K3 to behave normally. 

I'll try your suggestion of changing the CONFIG PTT SETTING to off off  when I get into the shack later this morning.

Thanks,
Don


On Aug 20, 2012, at 7:19 PM, "rich_ve3ki" <ve3ki@...> wrote:

 

What exactly do you mean by "it locked up the K3"?

What is your K3's CONFIG:PTT-KEY setting? Have you tried setting it to OFF-OFF to see what happens then?

Are you using any port sharing software such as LP_Bridge? Any other interface hardware (e.g. a microHam or Navigator interface)?

What happens if you turn the K3 off, start the computer without starting the K3 Utility or any other radio control software, then turn the K3 on, and finally start up your radio control software?

73,
Rich VE3KI

--- In Elecraft_K3@..., "dlships" >
> Hello,
> I have successfully had the K3 and my computer speaking with each other for years and have kept the K3 up to date with the latest firmware, without any problem. I did this with both Windows XP and my latest windows 7 computers. In May I left my shack for 3 months and when I returned I discovered the K3 wouldn't properly interface with the computer. With the K3 operating normally I turned on the computer and it locked up the K3.when I turned off the computer the K3 worked fine. I tried changing USB/serial cables. I tried both types but the problem remained. I even downloaded a fresh copy of the utility and that didn't change a thing. I went back to a Windows XP computer but the failure continued.
> I'm at a loss as to what to try next. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
> Thanks,
> Don, W3RDF
>

=


Re: External speakers -- what are you using?

Dave R
 

Sony 5" 2-way passive stereo pair (giant plastic boxes) from Goodwill. The radio easily outputs a Watt per channel, plenty for a high-efficiency speaker. I do not want any more wall warts. dave/kd6il

--- In Elecraft_K3@..., "Dick Dievendorff" <dieven@...> wrote:

I use Insignia IS-SP3WAY indoor/outdoor surround speakers purchased a few
years ago at Best Buy.



I don't think Best Buy still sells them.



http://www.amazon.com/Insignia-IS-SP3WAY-Left-Right-Channel/dp/B0016HCIGA



http://www.overstock.com/Electronics/Insignia-IS-SP3WAY-3-way-Indoor-Outdoor
-Speakers-Pair-Refurbished/4432897/product.html



73 de Dick, K6KR




From: Elecraft_K3@... [mailto:Elecraft_K3@...] On
Behalf Of dean_k5dh
Sent: Monday, August 20, 2012 6:31 PM
To: Elecraft_K3@...
Subject: [Elecraft_K3] External speakers -- what are you using?





Hi gang. I'm curious as to what kind of external speakers you're using with
your K3. I'm mainly interested in hearing about stereo speakers, as I plan
to take full advantage of AFX and the split audio output with the sub
receiver.

73,
Dean K5DH


Re: [Elecraft_K3] Re: External speakers -- what are you using?

Mel Farrer <farrerfolks@...>
 

I use a external audio amplifier into a Hi-Fi full range speaker, because I also do a lot of AM operation and the wider filter in the K3 is wonderful for it.
 
Mel, K6KBE


--- On Tue, 8/21/12, w5rdw wrote:

From: w5rdw
Subject: [Elecraft_K3] Re: External speakers -- what are you using?
To: Elecraft_K3@...
Date: Tuesday, August 21, 2012, 8:02 AM

 


--- In Elecraft_K3@..., "dean_k5dh" wrote:
>
> Hi gang. I'm curious as to what kind of external speakers you're using with your K3. I'm mainly interested in hearing about stereo speakers, as I plan to take full advantage of AFX and the split audio output with the sub receiver.
>
> 73,
> Dean K5DH
>

I also use the West Mountain Radio COMspkrs. There are slightly bigger than the Fry's cheap speakers I had, but the sound is great and has no RFI problems like my cheap stereo speakers had.

Roger W5RDW
Murphy, Texas


Re: External speakers -- what are you using?

Roger White
 

--- In Elecraft_K3@..., "dean_k5dh" <k5dh@...> wrote:

Hi gang. I'm curious as to what kind of external speakers you're using with your K3. I'm mainly interested in hearing about stereo speakers, as I plan to take full advantage of AFX and the split audio output with the sub receiver.

73,
Dean K5DH
I also use the West Mountain Radio COMspkrs. There are slightly bigger than the Fry's cheap speakers I had, but the sound is great and has no RFI problems like my cheap stereo speakers had.

Roger W5RDW
Murphy, Texas


Re: External speakers -- what are you using?

Todd
 

Creative Labs Inspire T12's

Fry's had a nice deal on the them. Small, but lot's of power and very nice with AFX on.

--- In Elecraft_K3@..., "Bob Naumann" <W5OV@...> wrote:

Headphones.


-----Original Message-----
From: Elecraft_K3@... [mailto:Elecraft_K3@...] On
Behalf Of dean_k5dh
Sent: Monday, August 20, 2012 8:31 PM
To: Elecraft_K3@...
Subject: [Elecraft_K3] External speakers -- what are you using?

Hi gang. I'm curious as to what kind of external speakers you're using with
your K3. I'm mainly interested in hearing about stereo speakers, as I plan
to take full advantage of AFX and the split audio output with the sub
receiver.

73,
Dean K5DH



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Re: [Elecraft_K3] Re: help

mikerodgerske5gbc
 

Also if you have the KDVR for outgoing cq calls etc., you can configure the KDVR to be in monitor separately from your microphone which I think is nice. 

You'll soon get used to most of the features but you can always pick up on something new. 

And if something doesn't seem right look first to the display. There is usually a clue to something on or off. 

73
Mike R

Play me some fiddle, but no stinkin' violin!

Amateur/Ham Radio KE5GBC
HF & Echolink mobile

On Aug 21, 2012, at 5:03 AM, WILLIAM RABBITT <william.rabbitt@...> wrote:

 

Many thanks Dave so obivious when you point it out, still trying to get use to all the muti function knobs and buttons.
 
Bill  

From: Dave Sharred <g3nkc@...>
To: Elecraft_K3@...
Sent: Monday, 20 August 2012, 22:28
Subject: RE: [Elecraft_K3] Re: help

 
Turn down the Monitor volume, on the front panel control!
 
Dave G3NKC
 
From: Elecraft_K3@... [mailto:Elecraft_K3@...] On Behalf Of WILLIAM RABBITT
Sent: 20 August 2012 11:07
To: Elecraft_K3@...
Subject: [Elecraft_K3] Re: help
 
 
Newbie K3 Owner
 
How do I prevent hearing my own transmit audio in the spk/headphones
 
Bill G0PZP 


=


Re: [Elecraft_K3] External speakers -- what are you using?

Bob Naumann <W5OV@...>
 

Headphones.

-----Original Message-----
From: Elecraft_K3@... [mailto:Elecraft_K3@...] On
Behalf Of dean_k5dh
Sent: Monday, August 20, 2012 8:31 PM
To: Elecraft_K3@...
Subject: [Elecraft_K3] External speakers -- what are you using?

Hi gang. I'm curious as to what kind of external speakers you're using with
your K3. I'm mainly interested in hearing about stereo speakers, as I plan
to take full advantage of AFX and the split audio output with the sub
receiver.

73,
Dean K5DH



------------------------------------

Yahoo! Groups Links


Re: [Elecraft_K3] Re: help

Dave Sharred
 

You'll get there Bill; had mine nor for little over a year; and still fall over teh controls somehow !
 
Dave

From: WILLIAM RABBITT
To: "Elecraft_K3@..."
Sent: Tuesday, 21 August 2012, 11:03
Subject: Re: [Elecraft_K3] Re: help

 
Many thanks Dave so obivious when you point it out, still trying to get use to all the muti function knobs and buttons.
 
Bill  

From: Dave Sharred
To: Elecraft_K3@...
Sent: Monday, 20 August 2012, 22:28
Subject: RE: [Elecraft_K3] Re: help

 
Turn down the Monitor volume, on the front panel control!
 
Dave G3NKC
 
From: Elecraft_K3@... [mailto:Elecraft_K3@...] On Behalf Of WILLIAM RABBITT
Sent: 20 August 2012 11:07
To: Elecraft_K3@...
Subject: [Elecraft_K3] Re: help
 
 
Newbie K3 Owner
 
How do I prevent hearing my own transmit audio in the spk/headphones
 
Bill G0PZP 





Re: [Elecraft_K3] Re: Elecraft K3 utility and Windows 7

dlships
 

Hi Rich,
I'm not using any port sharing software. I don't have any radio control software installed other than the K3 Utility.

By locks up I mean. The tx light appears but I see no indication of a signal being emitted from the K3. None of the buttons or dials on the radio seem to be active. 

Starting from opening the shack door... I turn on the K3 and it works as it should. I turn off the K3 and turn on the computer and the computer works as it should. I can bring up the K3 utility or activate any other application and things are normal. I close the K3 utility or I leave it active, it doesn't matter...then I turn on the K3, there's a moment of receive audio then the tx light comes on and the audio disappears. I refresh the port list on the utility and select the correct port, test communication and the utility cycles through attempts to communicate at the different baud rates. 
I must then shut the computer down for the K3 to behave normally. 

I'll try your suggestion of changing the CONFIG PTT SETTING to off off  when I get into the shack later this morning.

Thanks,
Don


On Aug 20, 2012, at 7:19 PM, "rich_ve3ki" <ve3ki@...> wrote:

 

What exactly do you mean by "it locked up the K3"?

What is your K3's CONFIG:PTT-KEY setting? Have you tried setting it to OFF-OFF to see what happens then?

Are you using any port sharing software such as LP_Bridge? Any other interface hardware (e.g. a microHam or Navigator interface)?

What happens if you turn the K3 off, start the computer without starting the K3 Utility or any other radio control software, then turn the K3 on, and finally start up your radio control software?

73,
Rich VE3KI

--- In Elecraft_K3@..., "dlships" wrote:
>
> Hello,
> I have successfully had the K3 and my computer speaking with each other for years and have kept the K3 up to date with the latest firmware, without any problem. I did this with both Windows XP and my latest windows 7 computers. In May I left my shack for 3 months and when I returned I discovered the K3 wouldn't properly interface with the computer. With the K3 operating normally I turned on the computer and it locked up the K3.when I turned off the computer the K3 worked fine. I tried changing USB/serial cables. I tried both types but the problem remained. I even downloaded a fresh copy of the utility and that didn't change a thing. I went back to a Windows XP computer but the failure continued.
> I'm at a loss as to what to try next. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
> Thanks,
> Don, W3RDF
>

=


Re: [Elecraft_K3] Re: help

WILLIAM RABBITT <william.rabbitt@...>
 

Many thanks Dave so obivious when you point it out, still trying to get use to all the muti function knobs and buttons.
 
Bill  

From: Dave Sharred
To: Elecraft_K3@...
Sent: Monday, 20 August 2012, 22:28
Subject: RE: [Elecraft_K3] Re: help

 
Turn down the Monitor volume, on the front panel control!
 
Dave G3NKC
 
From: Elecraft_K3@... [mailto:Elecraft_K3@...] On Behalf Of WILLIAM RABBITT
Sent: 20 August 2012 11:07
To: Elecraft_K3@...
Subject: [Elecraft_K3] Re: help
 
 
Newbie K3 Owner
 
How do I prevent hearing my own transmit audio in the spk/headphones
 
Bill G0PZP