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Re: K4 vs Flex

Ted VE3TRQ
 

Sometimes a guy just wants to sit down and spin a knob.
The Flex 6600M gave me just that - knobs and a nice big panadapter display, especially when connected to an HDMI monitor. Don’t get me wrong, I love my K3/P3, and I use both radios, but the 6600M with built in panadapter is actually more portable than the K3/P3 combo. And I can run digital modes from the kitchen, the back deck, or the den.

Ted VE3TRQ


Re: K3 K3S Parts

Pete Block <pete_block@...>
 

I worked for a Danish electronics firm (Bang & Olufsen). We ,too, maintained a parts back up for at least 10 years. If a serious problem arose we’d try very hard to get necessary parts from other sources and in some cases have them made.

Pete

W2MGE

 

From: Elecraft-K3@groups.io <Elecraft-K3@groups.io> On Behalf Of redarlington
Sent: Saturday, November 7, 2020 11:04 AM
To: Elecraft-K3@groups.io
Subject: Re: [Elecraft-K3] K3 K3S Parts

 

This isn't Germany.  These aren't cars.  Digikey carries every part in the radio with few exceptions.   

 

-Bob N3XKB

 

On Fri, Nov 6, 2020, 6:25 PM <gt0hof@...> wrote:

Elecraft should supply spare part for the K3/K3s for at least 10 years after production ends. If these transceivers were cars they WILL have spares for 10 years after the model has gone out of production. In Germany it is law to have spare for 10 years for cars. Are Elecraft just in it for the money? I hope not. As Bob has said these are NOT throw away items. I spent over £5000 4 years ago and if I can’t get spares to repair my K3s I’ll be pissed off to say the least. I would love to have a K4, but I’m retired and have limited funds now I’m not working and I don’t think I’m the only one.

 

Ken B G0HOF

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Gerard
Sent: 06 November 2020 23:26
To: Elecraft-K3@groups.io
Subject: Re: [Elecraft-K3] K3 K3S Parts

 

Bob, that has nothing to do with customer support.  A K3 and K3S should have full support for 10-20yrs.   They are not disposable radios. I'm if I had a Maserati, Ferrari I'd expect the best parts and service Is Elecraft a street company or top range. 😁

 

On Fri 6 Nov 2020, 15:47 Bob Hammond G4DBW via groups.io, <bobatbay=yahoo.co.uk@groups.io> wrote:

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: K4 vs Flex

Bill Maddock
 

Soup? Lol




On Sunday, November 8, 2020, 2:01 PM, Bill Mader <billamader@...> wrote:

No more soup either?

Sorry, sometimes I can't help myself.  Other times I am asleep.

73, Bill, K8TE


Re: K3S parts availability???

KE1F Lou
 

Bill,
Where do I get more information to do that with my K3.
73, Lou KE1F 



Sent from my Galaxy Tab® A

-------- Original message --------
From: Bill Mader <billamader@...>
Date: 11/8/20 3:00 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: Elecraft-K3@groups.io
Subject: Re: [Elecraft-K3] K3S parts availability???

Dave has it right!  The Genovation keyboard and my loggers mean I too rarely touch the K3 buttons.  

73, Bill, K8TE


Re: [Elecraft] [Elecraft-K3] Winlink

Lyn Norstad
 

Dave -

The rig settings on VARA and ARDOP are in two different places. For VARA,
you need to open the TNC window.

I am sending you info on the ARC exercises directly (there is no link).
Feel free to send to whomever you wish.

Also, if you (or anyone else) are interested in P2P Winlink for EmComm, let
me know and I will send an invitation to our Slack group (90 members in
continental US so far).

73
Lyn, W0LEN

-----Original Message-----
From: elecraft-bounces@mailman.qth.net
[mailto:elecraft-bounces@mailman.qth.net] On Behalf Of Dave Cole
Sent: Sunday, November 08, 2020 9:37 AM
To: Elecraft-K3@groups.io; elecraft@mailman.qth.net
Subject: Re: [Elecraft] [Elecraft-K3] Winlink

Hi again,

Thank you! I set Ardop, and all is working again... I will move to
VARA later on, as it shows the no PTT issue, but ARDOP does not... I
now have my way to send an Internet message should I need to in an
Emergency...

You mentioned a Red Cross drill... Our club is associated with the Red
Cross, but we have not heard of this drill... Do you have a link for it?

Again, thank you!

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

On 11/8/20 7:02 AM, Lyn Norstad wrote:
Dave -

There's another issue ... Winmor has been discontinued as of July 1.

If you try to send a Winmor message thru an RMS station, it will not
happen.

P2P Winmor still works, but for messages designed to go thru the CMS on
HF,
its VARA or ARDOP (and VARA is quickly emerging as the standard, since it
is
much faster than ARDOP).

73
Lyn, W0LEN


-----Original Message-----
From: elecraft-bounces@mailman.qth.net
[mailto:elecraft-bounces@mailman.qth.net] On Behalf Of Dave Cole
Sent: Sunday, November 08, 2020 8:00 AM
To: Elecraft-K3@groups.io; elecraft@mailman.qth.net
Subject: Re: [Elecraft] [Elecraft-K3] Winlink

Hi Lyn,

First off, THANK YOU for the help!! I must have been unclear in my
first post...

I was using Winlink Winmore, and it does drive the radio to different
frequencies, the radio control is partially working... It also used to
work 100%...

I am presented with a COM port, not a USB selection, (Winmore, or Vara),
when in the RADIO SETTINGS within the program, nothing to do with USB...

I was not aware there was a Red Cross drill was coming up. I keep
Winlink around in the event of an emergency, it would be nice to be able
to get out an email or two in that event.

My Winlink setup is based on my desktop machine, (not mobile in any
way), which is Windows 10. It has worked in the past with zero issues
across multiple updates...

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

On 11/8/20 3:51 AM, Lyn Norstad wrote:
Dave -

Windows 10 attempts to lock down USB port assignments as a security
measure,
and does so again with each update. Some apps are smart enough to deal
with
this, but Winlink is basically a 1990s era Email application and is
susceptible to issues like this.

There are numerous articles on how to deal with it. Some that want to
sell
you an app to fix it, some that tell you how to fix it yourself (i.e.:
The
Windows Club website). Select the one that best matches your comfort
level.
Worst case scenario, you fix it manually after every Windows update. But
at
least you are aware of what needs fixing, and how to do it.

In most cases, you need to go into the Soundcard settings for the Mode
you
have selected (i.e.: Vara HF Winlink) and change the input and output
devices to USB Audio Codec.

Are you participating in the Red Cross drill next Saturday?

73
Lyn, W0LEN

-----Original Message-----
From: elecraft-bounces@mailman.qth.net
[mailto:elecraft-bounces@mailman.qth.net] On Behalf Of Dave Cole
Sent: Saturday, November 07, 2020 2:11 PM
To: Elecraft-K3@groups.io; elecraft@mailman.qth.net
Subject: Re: [Elecraft] [Elecraft-K3] Winlink

Oh yes... All other software using the PTT and mic are working fine...
Just Winlink fails to PTT.

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

On 11/7/20 10:49 AM, Bob Novas via groups.io wrote:
Dave -

Make sure windows is allowing Winlink modem app to use the microphone.

Settings/System/Sound/"Related Settings" Microphone Privacy Settings:

Allow Apps to access your microphone: ON
Allow desktop apps to access your microphone: VARA HF MODEM, whatever
else
you use

Bob - W3DK


-----Original Message-----
From: Elecraft-K3@groups.io [mailto:Elecraft-K3@groups.io] On Behalf Of
Dave Cole
Sent: Saturday, November 07, 2020 1:32 PM
To: elecraft@mailman.qth.net; Elecraft-K3@groups.io
Subject: [Elecraft-K3] Winlink

Hi,

Is anyone using Winlink, (latest), with Windows 10, (latest), and a K3?
All used to work, and all of a sudden PTT fails. All else works, the
radio is driven to the best frequency, etc... I have made no known
changes. There was a windows update... I would like to verify it still
works, and if so, to get some settings from you...


Re: K4 vs Flex

Bill Mader
 

No more soup either?

Sorry, sometimes I can't help myself.  Other times I am asleep.

73, Bill, K8TE


Re: K3S parts availability???

Bill Mader
 

Dave has it right!  The Genovation keyboard and my loggers mean I too rarely touch the K3 buttons.  

73, Bill, K8TE


Re: K4 vs Flex

Bill Maddock
 

I still love my 2 K3 radios and have no intention on selling them anytime soon. I have all the upgrades, so I’m pretty well set. I looked at the K4 , but I also looked at the Flex. I purchased a 6600 without the Maestro. I also use a 43 inch 4K monitor with it. It’s very easy to use and I have no regrets. Being able to cut the RF gain on 160 and 80 makes it easier to tolerate and doesn’t impact S meter reading. Looking forward to 160 and 10 meter contests this year. 




On Sunday, November 8, 2020, 10:54 AM, redarlington <rdarlington@...> wrote:

I bought a K3S because I didn't want to be tied to a computer even though 90% of what I do is digital modes.   Sometimes a guy just wants to sit down and spin a knob.

And a week later I found out about the Maestro system.

If I had to do it again, Flex all the way.   I love my K3S.  It's awesome, it's portable.  I use it for FD and WFD, and use it with external transverters, etc.  I really love it.  I bet I would've really loved that Flex more!

-Bob

On Sat, Nov 7, 2020 at 12:21 PM Mel Marcus <melm@...> wrote:
All

I know this is a dumb question to ask here but i am going to do it anyway:

If you had a choice of purchasing a K4 or a Flex right now. What would you do and why?

If you chose the K4 would you order int Kat4 with it?

Mel
NE9A


Re: K4 vs Flex

redarlington <rdarlington@...>
 

I bought a K3S because I didn't want to be tied to a computer even though 90% of what I do is digital modes.   Sometimes a guy just wants to sit down and spin a knob.

And a week later I found out about the Maestro system.

If I had to do it again, Flex all the way.   I love my K3S.  It's awesome, it's portable.  I use it for FD and WFD, and use it with external transverters, etc.  I really love it.  I bet I would've really loved that Flex more!

-Bob

On Sat, Nov 7, 2020 at 12:21 PM Mel Marcus <melm@...> wrote:
All

I know this is a dumb question to ask here but i am going to do it anyway:

If you had a choice of purchasing a K4 or a Flex right now. What would you do and why?

If you chose the K4 would you order int Kat4 with it?

Mel
NE9A


Re: KPA3 output erratic

Chuck Miller
 

Mine are the original RS-232 interface not the USB with built in sound card. I guess I'll be looking for another set of boards if I can't find a source for the serial I/O chip. I didn't realize that chip was so sensitive.

73, Chuck
N0NC


Re: [Elecraft] [Elecraft-K3] Winlink

Dave (NK7Z)
 

Hi again,

Thank you! I set Ardop, and all is working again... I will move to VARA later on, as it shows the no PTT issue, but ARDOP does not... I now have my way to send an Internet message should I need to in an Emergency...

You mentioned a Red Cross drill... Our club is associated with the Red Cross, but we have not heard of this drill... Do you have a link for it?

Again, thank you!

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

On 11/8/20 7:02 AM, Lyn Norstad wrote:
Dave -
There's another issue ... Winmor has been discontinued as of July 1.
If you try to send a Winmor message thru an RMS station, it will not happen.
P2P Winmor still works, but for messages designed to go thru the CMS on HF,
its VARA or ARDOP (and VARA is quickly emerging as the standard, since it is
much faster than ARDOP).
73
Lyn, W0LEN
-----Original Message-----
From: elecraft-bounces@mailman.qth.net
[mailto:elecraft-bounces@mailman.qth.net] On Behalf Of Dave Cole
Sent: Sunday, November 08, 2020 8:00 AM
To: Elecraft-K3@groups.io; elecraft@mailman.qth.net
Subject: Re: [Elecraft] [Elecraft-K3] Winlink
Hi Lyn,
First off, THANK YOU for the help!! I must have been unclear in my
first post...
I was using Winlink Winmore, and it does drive the radio to different
frequencies, the radio control is partially working... It also used to
work 100%...
I am presented with a COM port, not a USB selection, (Winmore, or Vara),
when in the RADIO SETTINGS within the program, nothing to do with USB...
I was not aware there was a Red Cross drill was coming up. I keep
Winlink around in the event of an emergency, it would be nice to be able
to get out an email or two in that event.
My Winlink setup is based on my desktop machine, (not mobile in any
way), which is Windows 10. It has worked in the past with zero issues
across multiple updates...
73, and thanks,
Dave (NK7Z)
https://www.nk7z.net
ARRL Volunteer Examiner
ARRL Technical Specialist, RFI
ARRL Asst. Director, NW Division, Technical Resources
On 11/8/20 3:51 AM, Lyn Norstad wrote:
Dave -

Windows 10 attempts to lock down USB port assignments as a security
measure,
and does so again with each update. Some apps are smart enough to deal
with
this, but Winlink is basically a 1990s era Email application and is
susceptible to issues like this.

There are numerous articles on how to deal with it. Some that want to
sell
you an app to fix it, some that tell you how to fix it yourself (i.e.: The
Windows Club website). Select the one that best matches your comfort
level.
Worst case scenario, you fix it manually after every Windows update. But
at
least you are aware of what needs fixing, and how to do it.

In most cases, you need to go into the Soundcard settings for the Mode you
have selected (i.e.: Vara HF Winlink) and change the input and output
devices to USB Audio Codec.

Are you participating in the Red Cross drill next Saturday?

73
Lyn, W0LEN

-----Original Message-----
From: elecraft-bounces@mailman.qth.net
[mailto:elecraft-bounces@mailman.qth.net] On Behalf Of Dave Cole
Sent: Saturday, November 07, 2020 2:11 PM
To: Elecraft-K3@groups.io; elecraft@mailman.qth.net
Subject: Re: [Elecraft] [Elecraft-K3] Winlink

Oh yes... All other software using the PTT and mic are working fine...
Just Winlink fails to PTT.

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

On 11/7/20 10:49 AM, Bob Novas via groups.io wrote:
Dave -

Make sure windows is allowing Winlink modem app to use the microphone.

Settings/System/Sound/"Related Settings" Microphone Privacy Settings:

Allow Apps to access your microphone: ON
Allow desktop apps to access your microphone: VARA HF MODEM, whatever
else
you use

Bob - W3DK


-----Original Message-----
From: Elecraft-K3@groups.io [mailto:Elecraft-K3@groups.io] On Behalf Of
Dave Cole
Sent: Saturday, November 07, 2020 1:32 PM
To: elecraft@mailman.qth.net; Elecraft-K3@groups.io
Subject: [Elecraft-K3] Winlink

Hi,

Is anyone using Winlink, (latest), with Windows 10, (latest), and a K3?
All used to work, and all of a sudden PTT fails. All else works, the
radio is driven to the best frequency, etc... I have made no known
changes. There was a windows update... I would like to verify it still
works, and if so, to get some settings from you...




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K3 and KX# parts

kg9hfrank@gmail.com
 
Edited

Sorry if a dup, I did not see my post, cleaning out my bins
K3
K3, Bezels, 3
K3 Filters (non-elecraft pulls), 1.8kHz, 400Hz, 400Hz
K3, Elecraft 6kHz, AM filter
K3, synthesizer #1
K3, synthesizer #2
K3, KPF3
KX3
KX3 KXPD3 Spring and contact upgrade
KX3-2M, 2 meter module

Could use a K2 or $450
 


Re: [Elecraft] [Elecraft-K3] Winlink

Lyn Norstad
 

Dave -

There's another issue ... Winmor has been discontinued as of July 1.

If you try to send a Winmor message thru an RMS station, it will not happen.

P2P Winmor still works, but for messages designed to go thru the CMS on HF,
its VARA or ARDOP (and VARA is quickly emerging as the standard, since it is
much faster than ARDOP).

73
Lyn, W0LEN

-----Original Message-----
From: elecraft-bounces@mailman.qth.net
[mailto:elecraft-bounces@mailman.qth.net] On Behalf Of Dave Cole
Sent: Sunday, November 08, 2020 8:00 AM
To: Elecraft-K3@groups.io; elecraft@mailman.qth.net
Subject: Re: [Elecraft] [Elecraft-K3] Winlink

Hi Lyn,

First off, THANK YOU for the help!! I must have been unclear in my
first post...

I was using Winlink Winmore, and it does drive the radio to different
frequencies, the radio control is partially working... It also used to
work 100%...

I am presented with a COM port, not a USB selection, (Winmore, or Vara),
when in the RADIO SETTINGS within the program, nothing to do with USB...

I was not aware there was a Red Cross drill was coming up. I keep
Winlink around in the event of an emergency, it would be nice to be able
to get out an email or two in that event.

My Winlink setup is based on my desktop machine, (not mobile in any
way), which is Windows 10. It has worked in the past with zero issues
across multiple updates...

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

On 11/8/20 3:51 AM, Lyn Norstad wrote:
Dave -

Windows 10 attempts to lock down USB port assignments as a security
measure,
and does so again with each update. Some apps are smart enough to deal
with
this, but Winlink is basically a 1990s era Email application and is
susceptible to issues like this.

There are numerous articles on how to deal with it. Some that want to
sell
you an app to fix it, some that tell you how to fix it yourself (i.e.: The
Windows Club website). Select the one that best matches your comfort
level.
Worst case scenario, you fix it manually after every Windows update. But
at
least you are aware of what needs fixing, and how to do it.

In most cases, you need to go into the Soundcard settings for the Mode you
have selected (i.e.: Vara HF Winlink) and change the input and output
devices to USB Audio Codec.

Are you participating in the Red Cross drill next Saturday?

73
Lyn, W0LEN

-----Original Message-----
From: elecraft-bounces@mailman.qth.net
[mailto:elecraft-bounces@mailman.qth.net] On Behalf Of Dave Cole
Sent: Saturday, November 07, 2020 2:11 PM
To: Elecraft-K3@groups.io; elecraft@mailman.qth.net
Subject: Re: [Elecraft] [Elecraft-K3] Winlink

Oh yes... All other software using the PTT and mic are working fine...
Just Winlink fails to PTT.

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

On 11/7/20 10:49 AM, Bob Novas via groups.io wrote:
Dave -

Make sure windows is allowing Winlink modem app to use the microphone.

Settings/System/Sound/"Related Settings" Microphone Privacy Settings:

Allow Apps to access your microphone: ON
Allow desktop apps to access your microphone: VARA HF MODEM, whatever
else
you use

Bob - W3DK


-----Original Message-----
From: Elecraft-K3@groups.io [mailto:Elecraft-K3@groups.io] On Behalf Of
Dave Cole
Sent: Saturday, November 07, 2020 1:32 PM
To: elecraft@mailman.qth.net; Elecraft-K3@groups.io
Subject: [Elecraft-K3] Winlink

Hi,

Is anyone using Winlink, (latest), with Windows 10, (latest), and a K3?
All used to work, and all of a sudden PTT fails. All else works, the
radio is driven to the best frequency, etc... I have made no known
changes. There was a windows update... I would like to verify it still
works, and if so, to get some settings from you...




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Re: [Elecraft] [Elecraft-K3] Winlink

Dave (NK7Z)
 

Hi Lyn,

First off, THANK YOU for the help!! I must have been unclear in my first post...

I was using Winlink Winmore, and it does drive the radio to different frequencies, the radio control is partially working... It also used to work 100%...

I am presented with a COM port, not a USB selection, (Winmore, or Vara), when in the RADIO SETTINGS within the program, nothing to do with USB...

I was not aware there was a Red Cross drill was coming up. I keep Winlink around in the event of an emergency, it would be nice to be able to get out an email or two in that event.

My Winlink setup is based on my desktop machine, (not mobile in any way), which is Windows 10. It has worked in the past with zero issues across multiple updates...

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

On 11/8/20 3:51 AM, Lyn Norstad wrote:
Dave -
Windows 10 attempts to lock down USB port assignments as a security measure,
and does so again with each update. Some apps are smart enough to deal with
this, but Winlink is basically a 1990s era Email application and is
susceptible to issues like this.
There are numerous articles on how to deal with it. Some that want to sell
you an app to fix it, some that tell you how to fix it yourself (i.e.: The
Windows Club website). Select the one that best matches your comfort level.
Worst case scenario, you fix it manually after every Windows update. But at
least you are aware of what needs fixing, and how to do it.
In most cases, you need to go into the Soundcard settings for the Mode you
have selected (i.e.: Vara HF Winlink) and change the input and output
devices to USB Audio Codec.
Are you participating in the Red Cross drill next Saturday?
73
Lyn, W0LEN
-----Original Message-----
From: elecraft-bounces@mailman.qth.net
[mailto:elecraft-bounces@mailman.qth.net] On Behalf Of Dave Cole
Sent: Saturday, November 07, 2020 2:11 PM
To: Elecraft-K3@groups.io; elecraft@mailman.qth.net
Subject: Re: [Elecraft] [Elecraft-K3] Winlink
Oh yes... All other software using the PTT and mic are working fine...
Just Winlink fails to PTT.
73, and thanks,
Dave (NK7Z)
https://www.nk7z.net
ARRL Volunteer Examiner
ARRL Technical Specialist, RFI
ARRL Asst. Director, NW Division, Technical Resources
On 11/7/20 10:49 AM, Bob Novas via groups.io wrote:
Dave -

Make sure windows is allowing Winlink modem app to use the microphone.

Settings/System/Sound/"Related Settings" Microphone Privacy Settings:

Allow Apps to access your microphone: ON
Allow desktop apps to access your microphone: VARA HF MODEM, whatever else
you use

Bob - W3DK


-----Original Message-----
From: Elecraft-K3@groups.io [mailto:Elecraft-K3@groups.io] On Behalf Of
Dave Cole
Sent: Saturday, November 07, 2020 1:32 PM
To: elecraft@mailman.qth.net; Elecraft-K3@groups.io
Subject: [Elecraft-K3] Winlink

Hi,

Is anyone using Winlink, (latest), with Windows 10, (latest), and a K3?
All used to work, and all of a sudden PTT fails. All else works, the
radio is driven to the best frequency, etc... I have made no known
changes. There was a windows update... I would like to verify it still
works, and if so, to get some settings from you...


Re: [Elecraft] [Elecraft-K3] Winlink

Lyn Norstad
 

Dave -

Windows 10 attempts to lock down USB port assignments as a security measure,
and does so again with each update. Some apps are smart enough to deal with
this, but Winlink is basically a 1990s era Email application and is
susceptible to issues like this.

There are numerous articles on how to deal with it. Some that want to sell
you an app to fix it, some that tell you how to fix it yourself (i.e.: The
Windows Club website). Select the one that best matches your comfort level.
Worst case scenario, you fix it manually after every Windows update. But at
least you are aware of what needs fixing, and how to do it.

In most cases, you need to go into the Soundcard settings for the Mode you
have selected (i.e.: Vara HF Winlink) and change the input and output
devices to USB Audio Codec.

Are you participating in the Red Cross drill next Saturday?

73
Lyn, W0LEN

-----Original Message-----
From: elecraft-bounces@mailman.qth.net
[mailto:elecraft-bounces@mailman.qth.net] On Behalf Of Dave Cole
Sent: Saturday, November 07, 2020 2:11 PM
To: Elecraft-K3@groups.io; elecraft@mailman.qth.net
Subject: Re: [Elecraft] [Elecraft-K3] Winlink

Oh yes... All other software using the PTT and mic are working fine...
Just Winlink fails to PTT.

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

On 11/7/20 10:49 AM, Bob Novas via groups.io wrote:
Dave -

Make sure windows is allowing Winlink modem app to use the microphone.

Settings/System/Sound/"Related Settings" Microphone Privacy Settings:

Allow Apps to access your microphone: ON
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From: Elecraft-K3@groups.io [mailto:Elecraft-K3@groups.io] On Behalf Of
Dave Cole
Sent: Saturday, November 07, 2020 1:32 PM
To: elecraft@mailman.qth.net; Elecraft-K3@groups.io
Subject: [Elecraft-K3] Winlink

Hi,

Is anyone using Winlink, (latest), with Windows 10, (latest), and a K3?
All used to work, and all of a sudden PTT fails. All else works, the
radio is driven to the best frequency, etc... I have made no known
changes. There was a windows update... I would like to verify it still
works, and if so, to get some settings from you...


Re: K3S parts availability???

Dave (NK7Z)
 

If you want to preserve your rubber buttons, use an external keypad...
See:

https://www.nk7z.net/adding-external-keypad-k3/

for my solution to this...

I now have 64 keys that will launch any macro programmed into the P3/SVGA... My favorite is the CW DX macro... I SPOT a CW station, (using the keypad), then hit the "SPLIT + 5" button, and the macro moves the CW station to the left side of the P3, sets the bandwidth for the P3 to 6 KHz., and finally makes VFO-B the transmit frequency control, while showing the 6 KHz. above the DX station on the P3... Takes about half a second to run, and all with a single button press...

I almost never touch the front of the radio anymore... If I have some action I do a lot, I just program a macro for it, assign it to a key on the keypad and I never touch the radio again for that function...

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

On 11/7/20 8:54 AM, Szab� Istv�n wrote:
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 decades.
73, István


Re: K3S parts availability???

Robert Welsh
 

Well said.
Thanks for your comments.


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Re: K3S parts availability???

Szab� Istv�n
 

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 decades.

73, István

On 11/7/2020 5:30 PM, Alex OE3JTB wrote:
Hmh
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 away :-)
73 Alex


Re: K3 K3S Parts

Karl Grunewald
 

One alternative, for the truly devoted to any one radio, is to purchase a second radio of the same model. This becomes increasing reasonable as the generations of newer radios appear. Initially it can be a fully functioning radio, allowing a swap-out and more leasurely repair of the first radio. Later, one of the radios can become a "parts" radio. I have done this successfully with Omni6+'s for many years. I am slowly transitioning to K3's at this point and looking forward to more K3's becoming available.

73,

Karl
N8NA
Delaware


Re: K3 K3S Parts

Dave Sharred
 

Accepted, but look at the technology of the parts you are talking about - low electronic technology.  

I think any car or motorcycle from 1980s onwards could be a big problem - anything that's got data parameters, calibrations etc would be difficult to replicate, if you can't get the IC 's... I suspect many a radio would be difficult to fix, without someone back engineering a solution. 

As I said before,  not just an Elecraft problem

73 Dave G3NKC 



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-------- Original message --------
From: ke9uw <c-hawley@...>
Date: 07/11/2020 22:53 (GMT+00:00)
To: Elecraft-K3@groups.io
Subject: Re: [Elecraft-K3] K3 K3S Parts

FYI, BMW Motorrad carries parts for motorcycles that were manufactured in the 60s

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