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Re: Factory service still available?

John Canfield
 

It's very possible the USB failure on my K3 IO board was due to lightning, we do get some lightning here occasionally. All of the radio and PC equipment run off a large APC pure sine wave UPS - I was hoping that would isolate my stuff from the AC mains but maybe the UPS is normally in bypass mode until loss of input AC. I wonder if an isolation transformer would be of any benefit?


Re: extending cable from KAT500 to K3s

Ken K6MR
 

I’ve had a 20 foot cable  between my amps (first KPA500s, now KPA1500) for years and no problem.  The AuxBus has a slow data rate.

 

Ken K6MR

 

From: Doug, VE3MV
Sent: Thursday, May 7, 2020 16:47
To: Elecraft-K3@groups.io
Cc: brian@...
Subject: Re: [Elecraft-K3] extending cable from KAT500 to K3s

 

Ref: the KAT500 Owner’s Manal 

 

Brian:

 

The Cabling diagram Fig 1, on page 4 and the related writeup on page 3 as well as the DB15 Interface Cable wiring information on page 8 would seem to indicate that you can - provided the connector polarity permits two to be connected in series.  If there is some other concern that prompts you to ask this question, I’d suggest you contact Elecraft support directly.

 

73,  Doug  VE3MV



On 2020-May-07, at 7:21 PM, Brian <brian@...> wrote:

 

Can I use a second E850463 to extend the length of the cable from the KAT500 to the K3s?

Thanks Brian KF6C 

 

 


Re: extending cable from KAT500 to K3s

Doug, VE3MV
 

Ref: the KAT500 Owner’s Manal 

Brian:

The Cabling diagram Fig 1, on page 4 and the related writeup on page 3 as well as the DB15 Interface Cable wiring information on page 8 would seem to indicate that you can - provided the connector polarity permits two to be connected in series.  If there is some other concern that prompts you to ask this question, I’d suggest you contact Elecraft support directly.

73,  Doug  VE3MV

On 2020-May-07, at 7:21 PM, Brian <brian@...> wrote:

Can I use a second E850463 to extend the length of the cable from the KAT500 to the K3s?

Thanks Brian KF6C 


Re: extending cable from KAT500 to K3s

Rick NK7I
 

Yes, up to one extension or the timing gets skewed and problems happen.  That's what I've been doing.

Rick NK7I

On 5/7/2020 4:21 PM, Brian wrote:
Can I use a second E850463 to extend the length of the cable from the KAT500 to the K3s?

Thanks Brian KF6C


extending cable from KAT500 to K3s

Brian KF6C
 

Can I use a second E850463 to extend the length of the cable from the KAT500 to the K3s?

Thanks Brian KF6C 


Re: Factory service still available?

 

OMG...

73,
Martin, OK1RR


Dne 07. 05. 20 v 19:31 Christopher Scibelli via groups.io napsal(a):

-----Original Message-----
From: KE1F Lou <lmecseri@...>
To: Elecraft-K3 <Elecraft-K3@groups.io>
Sent: Wed, May 6, 2020 8:31 pm
Subject: Re: [Elecraft-K3] Factory service still available?
USSR promoted ham radio as a sport because it was part of a semi military organization.
The most  active members of ham radio are the contesters. It should promoted as sport for people interested in digital, voice and traditional morse code communication.
CW part of most bands are the busiest during contest or DX Expeditions.
Just my 2cents 73 Lou KE1F
Sent from my Galaxy Tab® A
-------- Original message --------
From: Peter <cb2ham@...>
Date: 5/6/20 1:42 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: Elecraft-K3@groups.io
Subject: Re: [Elecraft-K3] Factory service still available?
Bob,
Concerning the present state of licensing, you are not incorrect.
However, one must consider several factors:
1.  Interest in amateur radio was severely impacted by the advent of the Internet and cellular phones.
2.  Young people now have many things to attract and distract them.
These include, hundreds of TV channels, endless sources of music, unreasonable levels of homework, extra-curricular school activities, etc.
3.  Volunteerism has seriously waned in this country.. E.g., in my home state, I was a volunteer firefighter for several years.  When I joined in the 1970s, there was actually a waiting list to join and now they cannot even field a volunteer force.
4.  Use it or lose it.
5.  Most who affiliate with radio clubs are gray heads like me.
Service clubs -- and all volunteer organizations -- are struggling these days.  Quite frankly, for the survival of ham radio and our access to the bands, the numbers have to be kept up and we have to prove the need for the service.  If that means reducing the standards, that's too bad, but a necessary evil.  So if we have to lower the bar for entry and advancement, let's just be appreciative that there are those showing interest in the hobby, so the rest of us can continue on.
73,
Peter Singer, W2PWS


Re: Factory service still available?

Christopher Scibelli
 




-----Original Message-----
From: KE1F Lou <lmecseri@...>
To: Elecraft-K3 <Elecraft-K3@groups.io>
Sent: Wed, May 6, 2020 8:31 pm
Subject: Re: [Elecraft-K3] Factory service still available?

USSR promoted ham radio as a sport because it was part of a semi military organization.

The most  active members of ham radio are the contesters. It should promoted as sport for people interested in digital, voice and traditional morse code communication.

CW part of most bands are the busiest during contest or DX Expeditions.

Just my 2cents 73 Lou KE1F 



Sent from my Galaxy Tab® A

-------- Original message --------
From: Peter <cb2ham@...>
Date: 5/6/20 1:42 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: Elecraft-K3@groups.io
Subject: Re: [Elecraft-K3] Factory service still available?

Bob,

Concerning the present state of licensing, you are not incorrect.  However, one must consider several factors:
1.  Interest in amateur radio was severely impacted by the advent of the Internet and cellular phones.
2.  Young people now have many things to attract and distract them.  These include, hundreds of TV channels, endless sources of music, unreasonable levels of homework, extra-curricular school activities, etc.
3.  Volunteerism has seriously waned in this country.. E.g., in my home state, I was a volunteer firefighter for several years.  When I joined in the 1970s, there was actually a waiting list to join and now they cannot even field a volunteer force.
4.  Use it or lose it.
5.  Most who affiliate with radio clubs are gray heads like me.

Service clubs -- and all volunteer organizations -- are struggling these days.  Quite frankly, for the survival of ham radio and our access to the bands, the numbers have to be kept up and we have to prove the need for the service.  If that means reducing the standards, that's too bad, but a necessary evil.  So if we have to lower the bar for entry and advancement, let's just be appreciative that there are those showing interest in the hobby, so the rest of us can continue on.

73,
Peter Singer, W2PWS


Re: Field Day

Dan Abell
 

Way too much info not directed to the key focus of FD and Covid. Too bad the ARRL has not pivoted and provided leadership to redefine FD for the pandemic. The good news is that many of us can INDIVIDUALLY exercise leadership and operate with extreme distancing. We are in an emergency situation, so let’s treat it as such.
Stay safe,
Dan w3dka

On May 7, 2020, at 10:27, Anthony Luscre <k8zt73@...> wrote:

fdsd


Re: Factory service still available?

Ray Maxfield
 

Try transmitting in to  Dummy load and see if you have the same problem…..Wa6vab

 

From: John Canfield
Sent: Thursday, May 7, 2020 5:50 AM
To: Elecraft-K3@groups.io
Subject: Re: [Elecraft-K3] Factory service still available?

 

Wow, my thread took a 90 degree turn LOL.

My K3S station (P3, KPA1500, SDA2000 Optimizer, Green Heron, LP500 station monitor, etc) are powered up 7x24. My K3 has had two confirmed problems in its lifetime - a blown 15V Zener on the power input (not my fault) and some blown surface mount parts on the USB/LAN  I/O board. The Ethernet part of the board was fine but something happened on the USB interface - still haven't figured out what would have caused that.

I'm still having an intermittent problem with the K3S hanging up in transmit mode. WSJT-X stopped the audio but the K3 doesn't drop back to RX. My PC and WSJT-X version have been stable since early December. I wonder if there's a way to monitor the CAT commands from the PC to the K3S?

 


Field Day

Anthony Luscre
 

I know I am already partially preaching to the choir as many Elecraft owners of KX3 & KX2 do FD on their own, but here is a slideshow that I created for clubs and members trying to decide on how to do FD this year:
"Field Day in Social Distancing"- link tiny.cc/fdsd
Please feel free to share.

--
Anthony Luscre

K8ZT
Assistant Ohio Section Manager for Education Outreach
ARRL - The National Association For Amateur Radio™
 
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The Web Resource Hoarder- www.ZTLearn.com
Web Resource Hoarder Blog

K8ZT Radio Website- www.k8zt.com
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Field Day

Anthony Luscre
 

I know I am already partially preaching to the choir as many Elecraft owners of KX3 & KX2 do FD on their own, but here is a slideshow that I created for clubs and members trying to decide on how to do FD this year:
"Field Day in Social Distancing"- link tiny.cc/fdsd
Please feel free to share.

--
Anthony Luscre

K8ZT
Ohio Section Section Youth Coordinator & Education Outreach
ARRL - The National Association For Amateur Radio™
 
k8zt@... (best for Amateur Radio)

The Web Resource Hoarder- www.ZTLearn.com

K8ZT Radio Website- www.k8zt.com

Amateur Radio Resources for Students/Youth - www.k8zt.com/hry


Re: Factory service still available?

Bob McGraw - K4TAX
 

John:
Sounds as though your station has suffered a nearby lightning strike.  A difference in potential between the computer USB port and the radio USB port can easily damage components.    Failure of components on the USB/LAN board is somewhat evidence of this event. 

As to the radio staying in transmit, I suspect you are using VOX and there is noise on the audio that keeps the VOX activated. Since the USB port is damaged, I suspect VOX is your only choice.  Reduce the VOX gain and set the VOX Hang to a value near zero.  Also, set the anti-VOX to a value near zero.   Add several snap-on ferrites to the line between the computer and radio.   I prefer the ones sized for RG-8 thus I can take the small cable through the snap-on for a couple of turns making it more effective. 

73
Bob, K4TAX


Re: Factory service still available?

Bob McGraw - K4TAX
 

When was the last time you checked to see if there is a coordinated VHF repeater frequency available for your area?   In our location, there are NO VHF coordination frequencies available.  But yet when carefully checking, there are only 10 to 15 repeaters actually on the air.   There are lots of "paper repeaters", those which have been coordinated and the owner has never put a repeater on the air, likely has no intention, but want to hold the pair just in case.    In case of what?   This takes and holds frequencies from others that might like to actually put a repeater on the air. 

Likewise, there are HF frequencies held by many organizations such as the military that are not being used.   Many are available and assigned for industrial applications.   And these HF allocations are on a world wide basis.   Frequencies which are allocated for SW broadcast that today have been greatly scaled back, otherwise not being used.  But yet, these are viewed by other world governments as not available to others.

Just remember, ownership is a sign of power. 

73

Bob, K4TAX


1d.  Re: Factory service still available?
From: Christopher Scibelli
Date: Wed, 06 May 2020 19:44:01 PDT

When was the last time you tuned from 1.8 Mhz to the MUF?  Aside from Radio China, which is broadcasting like the Soviets and VOA did during the Cold War, the HF frequencies are mostly quiet.  There is plenty of unused spectrum without taking amateur radio frequencies. 

73,

Chris  NU1O



Re: Facebook group

John Canfield
 

I'll be there! I joined FB to hook up with my former AT&T colleagues at the ATT Network Design and Operations Center. It was a bunch of fun seeing familiar faces.


Re: Factory service still available?

John Canfield
 

Wow, my thread took a 90 degree turn LOL.

My K3S station (P3, KPA1500, SDA2000 Optimizer, Green Heron, LP500 station monitor, etc) are powered up 7x24. My K3 has had two confirmed problems in its lifetime - a blown 15V Zener on the power input (not my fault) and some blown surface mount parts on the USB/LAN  I/O board. The Ethernet part of the board was fine but something happened on the USB interface - still haven't figured out what would have caused that.

I'm still having an intermittent problem with the K3S hanging up in transmit mode. WSJT-X stopped the audio but the K3 doesn't drop back to RX. My PC and WSJT-X version have been stable since early December. I wonder if there's a way to monitor the CAT commands from the PC to the K3S?


Re: Factory service still available?

Christopher Scibelli
 

When was the last time you tuned from 1.8 Mhz to the MUF?  Aside from Radio China, which is broadcasting like the Soviets and VOA did during the Cold War, the HF frequencies are mostly quiet.  There is plenty of unused spectrum without taking amateur radio frequencies. 

73,

Chris  NU1O


-----Original Message-----
From: Peter <cb2ham@...>
To: Elecraft-K3 <Elecraft-K3@groups.io>
Sent: Wed, May 6, 2020 7:57 pm
Subject: Re: [Elecraft-K3] Factory service still available?

Bob,

Concerning the present state of licensing, you are not incorrect.  However, one must consider several factors:
1.  Interest in amateur radio was severely impacted by the advent of the Internet and cellular phones.
2.  Young people now have many things to attract and distract them.  These include, hundreds of TV channels, endless sources of music, unreasonable levels of homework, extra-curricular school activities, etc.
3.  Volunteerism has seriously waned in this country.. E.g., in my home state, I was a volunteer firefighter for several years.  When I joined in the 1970s, there was actually a waiting list to join and now they cannot even field a volunteer force.
4.  Use it or lose it.
5.  Most who affiliate with radio clubs are gray heads like me.

Service clubs -- and all volunteer organizations -- are struggling these days.  Quite frankly, for the survival of ham radio and our access to the bands, the numbers have to be kept up and we have to prove the need for the service.  If that means reducing the standards, that's too bad, but a necessary evil.  So if we have to lower the bar for entry and advancement, let's just be appreciative that there are those showing interest in the hobby, so the rest of us can continue on.

73,
Peter Singer, W2PWS


Re: Factory service still available?

Bob Novas
 





Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone


-------- Original message --------
From: Peter <cb2ham@...>
Date: 5/6/20 19:57 (GMT-05:00)
To: Elecraft-K3@groups.io
Subject: Re: [Elecraft-K3] Factory service still available?

Bob,

Concerning the present state of licensing, you are not incorrect.  However, one must consider several factors:
1.  Interest in amateur radio was severely impacted by the advent of the Internet and cellular phones.
2.  Young people now have many things to attract and distract them.  These include, hundreds of TV channels, endless sources of music, unreasonable levels of homework, extra-curricular school activities, etc.
3.  Volunteerism has seriously waned in this country.. E.g., in my home state, I was a volunteer firefighter for several years.  When I joined in the 1970s, there was actually a waiting list to join and now they cannot even field a volunteer force.
4.  Use it or lose it.
5.  Most who affiliate with radio clubs are gray heads like me.

Service clubs -- and all volunteer organizations -- are struggling these days.  Quite frankly, for the survival of ham radio and our access to the bands, the numbers have to be kept up and we have to prove the need for the service.  If that means reducing the standards, that's too bad, but a necessary evil.  So if we have to lower the bar for entry and advancement, let's just be appreciative that there are those showing interest in the hobby, so the rest of us can continue on.

73,
Peter Singer, W2PWS


Re: Factory service still available?

Mel Marcus
 


Peter

Young people love to do things online. There are special promotions that hamtestonline offer tech candidates under 18.

I have used their programs from tech through extra.

It is a real learning experience.

A club can buy the certificates and provide them to the candidates.

Mel
NE9A

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: [Elecraft-K3] Factory service still available?
From: "Peter" <cb2ham@...>
Date: Wed, May 06, 2020 12:42 pm
To: Elecraft-K3@groups.io

Bob,

Concerning the present state of licensing, you are not incorrect.  However, one must consider several factors:
1.  Interest in amateur radio was severely impacted by the advent of the Internet and cellular phones.
2.  Young people now have many things to attract and distract them.  These include, hundreds of TV channels, endless sources of music, unreasonable levels of homework, extra-curricular school activities, etc.
3.  Volunteerism has seriously waned in this country.. E.g., in my home state, I was a volunteer firefighter for several years.  When I joined in the 1970s, there was actually a waiting list to join and now they cannot even field a volunteer force.
4.  Use it or lose it.
5.  Most who affiliate with radio clubs are gray heads like me.

Service clubs -- and all volunteer organizations -- are struggling these days.  Quite frankly, for the survival of ham radio and our access to the bands, the numbers have to be kept up and we have to prove the need for the service.  If that means reducing the standards, that's too bad, but a necessary evil.  So if we have to lower the bar for entry and advancement, let's just be appreciative that there are those showing interest in the hobby, so the rest of us can continue on.

73,
Peter Singer, W2PWS


Re: Factory service still available?

KE1F Lou
 

USSR promoted ham radio as a sport because it was part of a semi military organization.

The most  active members of ham radio are the contesters. It should promoted as sport for people interested in digital, voice and traditional morse code communication.

CW part of most bands are the busiest during contest or DX Expeditions.

Just my 2cents 73 Lou KE1F 



Sent from my Galaxy Tab® A

-------- Original message --------
From: Peter <cb2ham@...>
Date: 5/6/20 1:42 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: Elecraft-K3@groups.io
Subject: Re: [Elecraft-K3] Factory service still available?

Bob,

Concerning the present state of licensing, you are not incorrect.  However, one must consider several factors:
1.  Interest in amateur radio was severely impacted by the advent of the Internet and cellular phones.
2.  Young people now have many things to attract and distract them.  These include, hundreds of TV channels, endless sources of music, unreasonable levels of homework, extra-curricular school activities, etc.
3.  Volunteerism has seriously waned in this country.. E.g., in my home state, I was a volunteer firefighter for several years.  When I joined in the 1970s, there was actually a waiting list to join and now they cannot even field a volunteer force.
4.  Use it or lose it.
5.  Most who affiliate with radio clubs are gray heads like me.

Service clubs -- and all volunteer organizations -- are struggling these days.  Quite frankly, for the survival of ham radio and our access to the bands, the numbers have to be kept up and we have to prove the need for the service.  If that means reducing the standards, that's too bad, but a necessary evil.  So if we have to lower the bar for entry and advancement, let's just be appreciative that there are those showing interest in the hobby, so the rest of us can continue on.

73,
Peter Singer, W2PWS


W6SFM Bug Roundup Event is coming soon! Save the Date

SFMARC W6SFM
 

Announcing W6SFM's BUG ROUNDUP

The Samuel F. Morse Amateur Radio Club, a Sacramento, California based CW enthusiast club wanted a special time to bring bug operators together on the air. In the same spirit as ARRL's Straight Key Night, participants are encouraged to make simple, conversational, “chewing-the-fat” QSOs using their bug type key. This is an opportunity to exercise, share and exhibit your personalized fist. This is NOT a contest. However, there is a very easy and quick registration form found at https://w6sfm.com/bug-roundup/. Once you've optionally registered for the event simply Call "CQ BR" so folks know you are a Bug Roundup Participant.  So lets grab that bug, clean those contacts, and let’er fly! We want to hear that “Banana Boat / Lake Erie Swing" or that commercial KPH/WCC quality fist.

Reserve the date! The event begins on Saturday May 16th (00:00 UTC) and concludes Monday May 18th (00:00 UTC)
That's 5:00 PM Friday evening until Sunday 5 PM Pacific Time (LOCAL)

For more information, to register your station, and to help assist in spotting, potentially increasing QSOs, an On-line chat window link can be found near the bottom of Bug Roundup home page located at  https://w6sfm.com/bug-roundup/  We hope to hear you all on the air! 73,

W6SFM