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Re: K3S parts availability???

Gerard <scanneg@...>
 

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, <lmecseri@...> wrote:

I had my K3 fully upgraded and Elecraft returned the original board with my K3. Now I have my "spare parts" inventory.

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 <mark@...> 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 


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Re: K3S parts availability???

Bob McGraw - K4TAX
 

I think you identified the issue “ If you are able to repair it yourself”. If you had to send your Drake or Collins to the factory, where would you be? At least with Elecraft factory repair is still available. Once depleted service parts and factory service then we will be in the same situation as with Drake and Collins. Unless one can repair it themselves.

Yes these radios are much more complex. Thus our repair skill and knowledge must advance likewise. That’s not going to be easy. Surface mount skills and digital diagnostics required.

73
Bob, K4TAX


Re: K3S parts availability???

KE1F Lou
 

I had my K3 fully upgraded and Elecraft returned the original board with my K3. Now I have my "spare parts" inventory.

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 <mark@...> 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 


--
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J. Reid Anderson Professor of Physics and Astronomy, emeritus
Denison University
740-587-0687 H
740-644-1238 M
 


Re: K3S parts availability???

Lyn Norstad
 

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.

 

73

Lyn, W0LEN

 

 

From: Elecraft-K3@groups.io [mailto:Elecraft-K3@groups.io] On Behalf Of Mark Morin
Sent: Friday, November 06, 2020 8:30 AM
To: Elecraft-K3@groups.io
Subject: Re: [Elecraft-K3] K3S parts availability???

 

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 


Re: K3S parts availability???

Michael Mickelson
 

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 <mark@...> 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 



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Michael Mickelson
J. Reid Anderson Professor of Physics and Astronomy, emeritus
Denison University
740-587-0687 H
740-644-1238 M
 


Re: Best way to remote a K3 or K3S

Mark Morin
 

I agree with Art that RemoteRig is the best solution for remote K3 operation with a K3/0 mini. It works extremely well and seamlessly over hundreds of miles to a remote and isolated radio site. How do I turn on the K3 remotely? Just tap the power but on the K3/0 and RR takes care of it. Every front panel control does exactly what it would do locally. I operate remotely 80% of the time and no one can tell unless I say so. SSB, CW, data, no matter. I can use dual receivers in stereo mode no problem. 

I too tried VNC Remote Desktop control of a radio site PC at first but it was slow, unreliable and used far too much expensive data for my limited internet plan. RemoteRig is far far more data efficient. 

In my case, the initial set up was complicated because my remote internet connection is vvia wireless cellular modem and the service provider uses private IP addresses that do not access incoming connection requests. Almost everyone told me about that RemoteRig could not work in this situation but I found a way using a VPN. It’s been rock-solid for many years. 

No regrets on RemoteRig from me. 

Mark VA2MM 


Re: K3 K3S Parts

Bob Hammond G4DBW
 

Another thought on this one .... once the K4 starts rolling off the production line in significant numbers, I would predict we will see more K3 and K3S appear on the second hand market. Will owners separate out the extras from the basic K3 K3S and sell thiese as stand alone boards/ filters ? 

From what I see on ebay there is more money to be made selling these used boards/ filters as separates, which do not necessarlily add the same value to a complete radio.

73

Bob G4DBW


Re: Best way to remote a K3 or K3S

Art - VE3UTT / W1AJT
 

Colin,

I couldn't disagree more with Bob.  I have been using Remote Rig since 2014 for many contests including MSHP.  There is a good publication on the Elecraft website devoted to just exactly what you need.  I have found that the Remote Rig forum on their website is great for getting additional answers.  If you want to have the added point of failure with a PC at the remote site, you have options.  However, if you want things to work without a PC then RR is the best show in town.  All you have to do is follow the Elecraft manual "ELECRAFT K3-Remote INCLUDING THE K3/0-MINI AND K3/0 CONTROL HEADS OWNER’S MANUAL".

I use my RR weekly for CWOps and in major contests when I am in my US residence.  My remote is 900 miles away in Canada and my Internet speed there is 10 MBPS DSL.  In the US, I have had only 8 MBPS DSL for 4 of the 6 years with no problem.  It takes me less than 5 minutes to change from local to remote.  The only problems I have had are the same whether you have a PC at the remote or not.  I have asked many well-known contesters if they can tell when I am remote - they never can.

Just my experience.  Good luck with whatever solution you implement.

Art - VE3UTT / W1AJT


Re: K3S parts availability???

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. 

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 


Re: K3S parts availability???

Fred-K0FG
 

The service rep told me to fill out the form that would be an indicator to Elecraft that a part is needed, being the KIO3B board.   If and wnen they received enough requests then Elecraft would order the parts and make a run of those boards and then they would send an email to those on the list telling them that the board is available and they could then order it.

But the KIO3B board is listed under the available parts order sheet.    I'm waiting, about 3 days now, for a service tech to help me decide just what I need to order, the KIO3B board comes in 3 different pieces and I'm not sure just how much of it was damaged so I asked for a little guidance to determine what I need.   The main board it $275, and the other two boards are I believe $75 and $70, or somewhere in that range.   When the service tech responds, and I can determine what I need I will try to order the correct board/boards.

I have a K3 and a K3S, P3, KAT500, KPA500.   As in this case when a part is damaged does that mean they are paper weights?   Someone responded that the K3S became obsolete when the K4 started shipping.   Just how many K4s have been shipped?   What if I don't want or need the functionality of the K4?   I guess I will have to spend $4000 for a radio I don't need because I cannot get parts for an otherwise perfectly good radio????   Sounds good if you are selling radios.   Not so good if you are an end user just trying to enjoy what you invested in a few years ago.

Please don't misunderstand my concern here.   I'm not anti Elecraft, in fact I love my Elecraft equipment.   And I'm not trying to create resentment or unhappiness with Elecraft.   I'm just trying to understand where us users stand with regard to keeping our radios repaired and working to the excellent standards that we have always enjoyed from Elecraft equipment.

Please Elecraft, tell me that I can depend on Elecraft into the future to keep my old radios up and running.

Fred, K0FG


Re: K3S parts availability???

Dan Roberts
 

Oh, it is so easy to criticize an equipment manufacturer that is at the mercy of literally hundreds of component manufacturers.  Having been in the equipment manufacturing business, I think the folks are doing a pretty good job at supporting their equipment.

 

As to that 1960’s vintage Collins gear…how about a replacement meter, power transformer, PTO, and on and on.  Yes, you can still get NOS tubes on eBay, but not single brand new, made in the USA, tube.  S-Line gear was semi-revolutionary back then, but quite crude when compared to today’s equipment from all manufacturers, let alone Elecraft.  Oh, yes…what’s the phone number for Collins Radio’s ham radio equipment service department?  I can’t seem to find it.

 

Dan – K9DR

 

 

 


K3 K3S Parts

Bob DeHaney
 

Elecraft has on-line form to fill out if you want to buy various spares.  They then will be manufactured according to demand.

 

Vy 73 de Bob DJ0RD/WU5T


Re: K3S parts availability???

bill steffey NY9H
 

you should have kept that navigator !!!!

cool radio even with parts availability problems//

On 11/5/2020 10:40 AM, Bob Novas via groups.io wrote:
I'm interested too. My Drake C-line from 1972 still operates FB, and I'm fully able to fix it when it dies. Folks with Collins S-lines also have forever radios. I doubt I can say that about my K3S. What attracted me to the K3S was the modularity - the idea that if something failed, you could swap out a board, or, if an improvement came along, you could swap in an improvement. (I thought I remembered reading that was the promise of the K3s Mixer PCB - it was replaceable as improvements became available. But I can't find that statement anywhere.) But the idea that the K3s could become a paperweight is dismaying. Bob - W3DK

-----Original Message-----
From: Elecraft-K3@groups.io [mailto:Elecraft-K3@groups.io] On Behalf Of Dave Cole
Sent: Thursday, November 05, 2020 8:54 AM
To: Elecraft-K3@groups.io
Subject: Re: [Elecraft-K3] K3S parts availability???

This is an interesting thread... I hope Elecraft speaks up soon...

73, and thanks,
Dave (NK7Z)
https://www.nk7z.net
ARRL Volunteer Examiner
ARRL Technical Specialist, RFI
ARRL Asst. Director, NW Division, Technical Resources

On 11/5/20 5:50 AM, Jim - N4ST wrote:
I was offered a PA upgrade on my factory K3S a couple of years ago to
improve 6M performance.

Earlier this year I decided to go ahead and get the upgrade, but was
told it was no longer available.



____________

73,

Jim – N4ST

*From:* Elecraft-K3@groups.io <Elecraft-K3@groups.io> *On Behalf Of
*Fred-K0FG
*Sent:* Tuesday, November 3, 2020 21:26
*To:* Elecraft-K3@groups.io
*Subject:* [Elecraft-K3] K3S parts availability???

How long has the K3S been discontinued? Or has it been discontinued?
Is it obsolete? I have a K3 and a K3s. The K3S recently took a
surge during a storm that wiped out the KIO3B USB connectivity
function. Replacement parts are not available. I am on a list to get
one, if/when they decide to make more. Do I just give up on the K3S?
Are they just pushing the K4. Customer support did not say they
don't have the parts in stock, they just said to put your name on the
list so if they decide to make more they will let you know. No
estimated date of when they will even make the decision, let alone make
the parts? It all depends on demand??? Does not sound very
comforting to me. Yeah, I am very disappointed.
Fred, K0FG








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Re: K3S parts availability???

Bob Novas
 

I'm interested too. My Drake C-line from 1972 still operates FB, and I'm fully able to fix it when it dies. Folks with Collins S-lines also have forever radios. I doubt I can say that about my K3S. What attracted me to the K3S was the modularity - the idea that if something failed, you could swap out a board, or, if an improvement came along, you could swap in an improvement. (I thought I remembered reading that was the promise of the K3s Mixer PCB - it was replaceable as improvements became available. But I can't find that statement anywhere.) But the idea that the K3s could become a paperweight is dismaying. Bob - W3DK

-----Original Message-----
From: Elecraft-K3@groups.io [mailto:Elecraft-K3@groups.io] On Behalf Of Dave Cole
Sent: Thursday, November 05, 2020 8:54 AM
To: Elecraft-K3@groups.io
Subject: Re: [Elecraft-K3] K3S parts availability???

This is an interesting thread... I hope Elecraft speaks up soon...

73, and thanks,
Dave (NK7Z)
https://www.nk7z.net
ARRL Volunteer Examiner
ARRL Technical Specialist, RFI
ARRL Asst. Director, NW Division, Technical Resources

On 11/5/20 5:50 AM, Jim - N4ST wrote:
I was offered a PA upgrade on my factory K3S a couple of years ago to
improve 6M performance.

Earlier this year I decided to go ahead and get the upgrade, but was
told it was no longer available.



____________

73,

Jim – N4ST

*From:* Elecraft-K3@groups.io <Elecraft-K3@groups.io> *On Behalf Of
*Fred-K0FG
*Sent:* Tuesday, November 3, 2020 21:26
*To:* Elecraft-K3@groups.io
*Subject:* [Elecraft-K3] K3S parts availability???

How long has the K3S been discontinued? Or has it been discontinued?
Is it obsolete? I have a K3 and a K3s. The K3S recently took a
surge during a storm that wiped out the KIO3B USB connectivity
function. Replacement parts are not available. I am on a list to get
one, if/when they decide to make more. Do I just give up on the K3S?
Are they just pushing the K4. Customer support did not say they
don't have the parts in stock, they just said to put your name on the
list so if they decide to make more they will let you know. No
estimated date of when they will even make the decision, let alone make
the parts? It all depends on demand??? Does not sound very
comforting to me. Yeah, I am very disappointed.
Fred, K0FG


Re: K3S parts availability???

Dave (NK7Z)
 

I am not sure that addresses the issue of things breaking, and needing a replacement... More it appears to address the needs for updates to non updated K3x line.

If Elecraft is doing component level replacement to the K3 in the event of failures, then there is really no issue here for me...

I understand that when a radio is discontinued, boards will become more and more difficult to get.

I sent my K3 in to Elecraft about a month prior to the discontinuance of the K3s, (blind luck, and a bit of paranoia about just this issue), being announced, and had all updates added I could afford, which pretty well filled out the radio, as it was pretty loaded to start with. So for me, I am only worried about things that break being repaired.

73, and thanks,
Dave (NK7Z)
https://www.nk7z.net
ARRL Volunteer Examiner
ARRL Technical Specialist, RFI
ARRL Asst. Director, NW Division, Technical Resources

On 11/5/20 7:22 AM, David Box wrote:
I think Elecraft has addressed this with the K3/K3S options pre-order interest form where they are asking you to let them know what mods/upgrades you need in order for them to put together a production run.
<https://elecraft.com/pages/k3-k3s-options-interest-form>
Let them know so that they can do a run, if it is not on the sheet let support know and they might add it.
de Dave K5MWR
On 11/5/2020 07:53, Dave Cole wrote:
This is an interesting thread...  I hope Elecraft speaks up soon...

73, and thanks,
Dave (NK7Z)
https://www.nk7z.net
ARRL Volunteer Examiner
ARRL Technical Specialist, RFI
ARRL Asst. Director, NW Division, Technical Resources

On 11/5/20 5:50 AM, Jim - N4ST wrote:
I was offered a PA upgrade on my factory K3S a couple of years ago to improve 6M performance.

Earlier this year I decided to go ahead and get the upgrade, but was told it was no longer available.



____________

73,

Jim – N4ST

*From:* Elecraft-K3@groups.io <Elecraft-K3@groups.io> *On Behalf Of *Fred-K0FG
*Sent:* Tuesday, November 3, 2020 21:26
*To:* Elecraft-K3@groups.io
*Subject:* [Elecraft-K3] K3S parts availability???

How long has the K3S been discontinued?   Or has it been discontinued?    Is it obsolete?   I have a K3 and a K3s.   The K3S recently took a surge during a storm that wiped out the KIO3B USB connectivity function.   Replacement parts are not available.   I am on a list to get one, if/when they decide to make more.   Do I just give up on the K3S?    Are they just pushing the K4.   Customer support did not say they don't have the parts in stock, they just said to put your name on the list so if they decide to make more they will let you know.  No estimated date of when they will even make the decision, let alone make the parts?   It all depends on demand???  Does not sound very comforting to me.    Yeah, I am very disappointed.
Fred, K0FG






Re: K3S parts availability???

David Box
 

I think Elecraft has addressed this with the K3/K3S options pre-order interest form where they are asking you to let them know what mods/upgrades you need in order for them to put together a production run.

<https://elecraft.com/pages/k3-k3s-options-interest-form>

Let them know so that they can do a run, if it is not on the sheet let support know and they might add it.

de Dave K5MWR

On 11/5/2020 07:53, Dave Cole wrote:
This is an interesting thread...  I hope Elecraft speaks up soon...

73, and thanks,
Dave (NK7Z)
https://www.nk7z.net
ARRL Volunteer Examiner
ARRL Technical Specialist, RFI
ARRL Asst. Director, NW Division, Technical Resources

On 11/5/20 5:50 AM, Jim - N4ST wrote:
I was offered a PA upgrade on my factory K3S a couple of years ago to improve 6M performance.

Earlier this year I decided to go ahead and get the upgrade, but was told it was no longer available.



____________

73,

Jim – N4ST

*From:* Elecraft-K3@groups.io <Elecraft-K3@groups.io> *On Behalf Of *Fred-K0FG
*Sent:* Tuesday, November 3, 2020 21:26
*To:* Elecraft-K3@groups.io
*Subject:* [Elecraft-K3] K3S parts availability???

How long has the K3S been discontinued?   Or has it been discontinued?    Is it obsolete?   I have a K3 and a K3s.   The K3S recently took a surge during a storm that wiped out the KIO3B USB connectivity function.   Replacement parts are not available.   I am on a list to get one, if/when they decide to make more.   Do I just give up on the K3S?    Are they just pushing the K4.   Customer support did not say they don't have the parts in stock, they just said to put your name on the list so if they decide to make more they will let you know.  No estimated date of when they will even make the decision, let alone make the parts?   It all depends on demand???   Does not sound very comforting to me.    Yeah, I am very disappointed.
Fred, K0FG





Re: Best way to remote a K3 or K3S

KE8G
 

Hi Andy,
Yes, it does.  

I started out using Skype, but when MS bought it, they screwed it up, so I went to Teamviewer.  Teamviewer worked well, but I had seen some problems with their policy changes and felt that in the future, amateur radio might be considered a "business" to them; thereby forcing me to purchase it.  So, I changed to Chrome Remote Desktop and it works perfectly, both the audio and the video; allowing me complete control of all my equipment while being remotely operated.

73 de Jim - KE8G

On Thu, Nov 5, 2020 at 9:44 AM Andy Bonnot K5QR <k5qr@...> wrote:
On Wed, Nov 4, 2020 at 07:53 PM, KE8G wrote:
X-WR-1R12-1i5-i
Hi Jim,

Does Chrome Remote Desktop pass the audio to/from the radio? 

I've been using TeamViewer to control the remote computer and radio.  I've been using RemAud for the audio path.  It has a server and client version that talk to each other and the resulting audio channel is 'OK' (better than Skype).  I'm wondering if Chrome Remote Desktop might be a better solution if it includes the audio channel?
 
73,
Andy - K5QR


Re: Best way to remote a K3 or K3S

Andy Bonnot K5QR
 

On Wed, Nov 4, 2020 at 07:53 PM, KE8G wrote:
X-WR-1R12-1i5-i
Hi Jim,

Does Chrome Remote Desktop pass the audio to/from the radio? 

I've been using TeamViewer to control the remote computer and radio.  I've been using RemAud for the audio path.  It has a server and client version that talk to each other and the resulting audio channel is 'OK' (better than Skype).  I'm wondering if Chrome Remote Desktop might be a better solution if it includes the audio channel?
 
73,
Andy - K5QR


Re: K3S parts availability???

Mel Marcus
 

The K3S did not use a KIO3 board but rather a K3IOB board. This is the one with the USB interface.

Mel
NE9A

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: [Elecraft-K3] K3S parts availability???
From: "Drew Vonada-Smith K3PA" <drew@...>
Date: Thu, November 05, 2020 6:45 am
To: Elecraft-K3@groups.io

Fred,

The K3S was discontinued quite a while ago, just before the K4 hit the streets.

Did Elecraft say they did not have KIO3 boards to sell you, or that they could not service the radio?  I see no reason they would need a board swap if they service it, they should be able to troubleshoot to component level.  

If they really are not servicing K3s because of no longer producing full boards, I think many of us will be concerned.  Please clarify. 

73,
Drew K3PA


Re: Best way to remote a K3 or K3S

Bob Evans
 

Colin,

I agree with Mark's comments but would emphasize the comment ""take some effort to set up and configure".  I would not count on RemoteRig's documentation much at all.  It does not give you any background to understand what is trying to be communicated and no troubleshooting comments. You MUST be a senior network engineer or ready to devote a year to figuring it out on your own.  Your best support resource would be people like Mark who have worked through the miriad of issues required to get a K3/0 and RemoteRig system working well and can save you months of effort with a single recommendation.  If you already have access to a static IP from your ISP, that is a very good start.

Even though it takes lots of effort, this system is still a million times better than a Remote Desktop/Software rig control solution that involves a remote PC running some flavor of local rig control software.

Good luck!

Bob K5WA

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