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Re: Shipping a KPA500 to factory.

Richard Williams
 

I agree; for a high value item that is heavy, I use the UPS store or FedEx.  I think when you use one of these, any damage claims are honored.

Had a couple issues with my KPA1500 way back, and found it more economical to tear out the board in need of repair and send it back; rather than send back the whole amp and insure the shipping.  Since the board probably weighed less than a pound, I packed it myself; but I would not do that if I had to send back the amp.

If Elecraft doesn't need the whole amp to fix your problem, you might remove the board that is the problem, and send that back.  It will save you a buck or two.

Dick, K8ZTT

Flying is the second greatest thrill known to man.
What is first, you ask? Landing, of course.
"A good aviator will always have his take-offs plus landings divisible by 2!"







On Wednesday, October 7, 2020, 04:43:34 PM MDT, redarlington <rdarlington@...> wrote:


Get a professional to pack it.  I had somebody recently send me something that was packed terribly.  Really piss poor.  And it was damaged.  Couldn't understand how it broke with that one tiny layer of bubble wrap on the front panel when packed into a box just exactly the same size as the item.  It was a Dentron tuner that weighed nearly 20 pounds.  Insides were smashed, knobs broken off.   

If you're asking, do yourself a favor and pay a professional.  There is no way the shipping company would have paid out a claim on this thing.

-Bob

On Wed, Oct 7, 2020, 3:10 PM KE1F Lou <lmecseri@...> wrote:


I have to ship my KPA500 from Florida to the factory for repair.
I am sure others had to do the same.
This is a heavy piece of equipment. 
I would appreciate advise from other's who done that before.
73, Lou KE1F 

Sent from my Galaxy Tab® A


Re: Shipping a KPA500 to factory.

Barry Baines
 



On Oct 7, 2020, at 6:33 PM, Jerry <W1ie@...> wrote:

George,
 
If you are able, remove the transformer using the reverse instructions for installing the transformer. The KPA500 manual is on the Elecraft web site. A helpful thing is to make a crude drawing of where all the wires associated with the removal of the transformer will be when you get the amp back from the mothership.

Or, use your smartphone to take photos of the connection points.  This obviates the potential for having the wrong orientation when the amp is returned and you’re trying to figure out which connection point is what.  

73,

Barry, WD4ASW1

Elecraft will use their own transformer to make you amp right again.
 
Best regards,
 
Jerry, W1IE
nuvFig*jucqy0


Re: Shipping a KPA500 to factory.

SGS 126
 

I would have Fedex foam pack it, it’s not as expensive as you might think


Re: Shipping a KPA500 to factory.

redarlington
 

Get a professional to pack it.  I had somebody recently send me something that was packed terribly.  Really piss poor.  And it was damaged.  Couldn't understand how it broke with that one tiny layer of bubble wrap on the front panel when packed into a box just exactly the same size as the item.  It was a Dentron tuner that weighed nearly 20 pounds.  Insides were smashed, knobs broken off.   

If you're asking, do yourself a favor and pay a professional.  There is no way the shipping company would have paid out a claim on this thing.

-Bob

On Wed, Oct 7, 2020, 3:10 PM KE1F Lou <lmecseri@...> wrote:


I have to ship my KPA500 from Florida to the factory for repair.
I am sure others had to do the same.
This is a heavy piece of equipment. 
I would appreciate advise from other's who done that before.
73, Lou KE1F 

Sent from my Galaxy Tab® A


Re: Shipping a KPA500 to factory.

Jerry
 

George,

 

If you are able, remove the transformer using the reverse instructions for installing the transformer. The KPA500 manual is on the Elecraft web site. A helpful thing is to make a crude drawing of where all the wires associated with the removal of the transformer will be when you get the amp back from the mothership.  Elecraft will use their own transformer to make you amp right again.

 

Best regards,

 

Jerry, W1IE

 

From: Elecraft-K3@groups.io <Elecraft-K3@groups.io> On Behalf Of George Pappayliou via groups.io
Sent: Wednesday, October 7, 2020 17:50 PM
To: Elecraft-K3@groups.io
Subject: Re: [Elecraft-K3] Shipping a KPA500 to factory.

 

I removed the transformer as well—it’s not hard. If you have a factory built unit make sure you note the wiring connections before you unhook them (not necessary on the kit as the hookup instructions are in the manual).

 

Be sure to insure it. I sent mine back via the USPS and they managed to bash the corner of the box. Because it was at Elecraft getting a repair estimate (sheetmetal only) for the claim was easy and the claim process online was straightforward. They paid promptly. I have heard that UPS insurance claims can be more challenging.

 

Regards, George

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

George S. Pappayliou

 



On Oct 7, 2020, at 5:07 PM, KE1F Lou <lmecseri@...> wrote:



 

 

I have to ship my KPA500 from Florida to the factory for repair.

I am sure others had to do the same.

This is a heavy piece of equipment. 

I would appreciate advise from other's who done that before.

73, Lou KE1F 

 

Sent from my Galaxy Tab® A


Re: Shipping a KPA500 to factory.

George Pappayliou
 

I removed the transformer as well—it’s not hard. If you have a factory built unit make sure you note the wiring connections before you unhook them (not necessary on the kit as the hookup instructions are in the manual).

Be sure to insure it. I sent mine back via the USPS and they managed to bash the corner of the box. Because it was at Elecraft getting a repair estimate (sheetmetal only) for the claim was easy and the claim process online was straightforward. They paid promptly. I have heard that UPS insurance claims can be more challenging.


Regards, George
------------------------------------
George S. Pappayliou


On Oct 7, 2020, at 5:07 PM, KE1F Lou <lmecseri@...> wrote:




I have to ship my KPA500 from Florida to the factory for repair.
I am sure others had to do the same.
This is a heavy piece of equipment. 
I would appreciate advise from other's who done that before.
73, Lou KE1F 

Sent from my Galaxy Tab® A


Re: Shipping a KPA500 to factory.

barry NF1O
 

when i sent mine back they asked me to remove the transformer, so thats what i did
Barry
NF1O


From: Elecraft-K3@groups.io <Elecraft-K3@groups.io> on behalf of KE1F Lou <lmecseri@...>
Sent: Wednesday, October 7, 2020 5:07 PM
To: Elecraft-K3@groups.io <Elecraft-K3@groups.io>
Subject: [Elecraft-K3] Shipping a KPA500 to factory.
 


I have to ship my KPA500 from Florida to the factory for repair.
I am sure others had to do the same.
This is a heavy piece of equipment. 
I would appreciate advise from other's who done that before.
73, Lou KE1F 

Sent from my Galaxy Tab® A


Shipping a KPA500 to factory.

KE1F Lou
 



I have to ship my KPA500 from Florida to the factory for repair.
I am sure others had to do the same.
This is a heavy piece of equipment. 
I would appreciate advise from other's who done that before.
73, Lou KE1F 

Sent from my Galaxy Tab® A


Re: K Pod mis triggering

Charlie T, k3ICH
 

I’ve replaced the snap switches in my favorite Microsoft wireless mouse several times, especially the right click which gets 100X more use than the others.

There are a couple different “foot-print” configurations of switches, but as the joke punch line goes, “If it fits, wear it”.

 

73, Charlie k3ICH

 

 

 

 

From: Elecraft-K3@groups.io <Elecraft-K3@groups.io> On Behalf Of ke9uw
Sent: Wednesday, October 07, 2020 10:30 AM
To: Elecraft-K3@groups.io
Subject: Re: [Elecraft-K3] K Pod mis triggering

 

I did open it up and they do look replaceable. The switch is surface mounted with 4 solder points as I remember. I'll have to get some from Elecraft or maybe better get the manufacturer/part number.

 


Re: K Pod mis triggering

ke9uw
 

I did open it up and they do look replaceable. The switch is surface mounted with 4 solder points as I remember. I'll have to get some from Elecraft or maybe better get the manufacturer/part number.


Re: K Pod mis triggering

Jim Pyle
 

I too have experienced the same problem and moved often used macros to other buttons.  When I contacted Elecraft I learned replacement switches are available from them.  Sorry but I don’t recall the part number.

Jim, AA8OY


Re: K Pod mis triggering

Mike Flowers
 

Yes, I’ve noticed  this problem from time to time.   

I do not think that the switches are sufficiently robust for that level of use.  Perhaps a replacement could be found.  I haven’t opened my K-POD to see if replacement is even possible. 

-- 73 de Mike Flowers, K6MKF, NCDXC - "It's about DX!"

On Oct 6, 2020, at 4:46 PM, ke9uw <c-hawley@...> wrote:

Has anyone had mis triggering? Often used buttons trigger the wrong macro sometimes. This is my third one. They last about 6 months and then mis trigger. I moved the macros on the offending buttons to other buttons and all works well again for the macros I use a lot. Probably for another 6 months.


K Pod mis triggering

ke9uw
 

Has anyone had mis triggering? Often used buttons trigger the wrong macro sometimes. This is my third one. They last about 6 months and then mis trigger. I moved the macros on the offending buttons to other buttons and all works well again for the macros I use a lot. Probably for another 6 months.


Re: K3 RTTY issues with N1MM+

Joe Subich, W4TV
 

Finally, I closed all of the programs and rebooted the computer -
problem solved, at least for now. Still not sure what caused the
issue but I believe I am in good shape now.
This is a typical Windows "resources issue." It is one reason that
Windows Support professionals typically recommend that any Windows
system be restarted (not reboot - RESTART which forces a reload of
the low level hardware drivers) on a regular basis (daily). In
addition, the first step in debugging any problem with I/O (USB,
hard drive, video, etc.) should also be a *RESTART*.

The problem is generally an unrelated program or driver with a
"memory leak" (using memory space or "handles" and not releasing
them when done) or a program that writes to memory space that is
not properly assigned to it.

73,

... Joe, W4TV


On 2020-10-06 10:45 AM, Harry Rudolph via groups.io wrote:
Not sure if this will close this issue out or not but I think this is mostly solved for me now.  I double and triple checked all of the setup parameters itemized by Joe.  I had everything setup as he described but I still had the condition with the PTT opening before the FSK message had completed.  I opened and closed N1MM (w/ MMTTY) and Microham Router several times and still no change.  Finally, I closed all of the programs and rebooted the computer - problem solved, at least for now.  Still not sure what caused the issue but I believe I am in good shape now.
Thanks for all of the comments and help.
73
Harry
WX8C


Re: K3 RTTY issues with N1MM+

Harry WX8C
 

Not sure if this will close this issue out or not but I think this is mostly solved for me now.  I double and triple checked all of the setup parameters itemized by Joe.  I had everything setup as he described but I still had the condition with the PTT opening before the FSK message had completed.  I opened and closed N1MM (w/ MMTTY) and Microham Router several times and still no change.  Finally, I closed all of the programs and rebooted the computer - problem solved, at least for now.  Still not sure what caused the issue but I believe I am in good shape now.

Thanks for all of the comments and help.

73
Harry
WX8C


Re: Remote ON control of K3 - How W5AJ implemented

Vic Goncharsky
 

I use the ethernet -> 8 relay module http://vkmodule.com.ua/Ethernet/Socket4.html
Made in Ukraine. Costs less then $40.
It is switching on/off everything at the remote site: K3, linears HF and 50 MHz, antenna relay unit and rotator controllers.
I'm sure there is a lot of this stuff made in BY

73, Victor Goncharsky US5WE/K1WE (UW5W in VHF contests), P.E. UARL Technical and VHF Committies DXCC Honor Roll #1 (Mixed, Phone) 10BDXCC (160-6m), 10BWAZ(160-6m)
ARRL field checker.



On Tuesday, October 6, 2020, 09:11:04 AM GMT+3, Robert W5AJ <woodr90@...> wrote:




One of the challenges I’ve had with operating remote was leaving the K3 on when departing

this could be for the office, To visit grandkids, campout using phone as hotspot, etc.

No method to remotely turn on the K3….



The K3 can be easily turned on Remote via Pin 8 on ACC port

but how to pull it low?

My hardware was ready for three devices, USB to RS232 adaptor, W3YY interface board to get the optical isolators

Add connectors

Software to fire each of the three control lines on RS232 port was missing….



Wayne, W5XD wrote program that I could use and placed it in public domain

that was final missing piece.



Recently tested and turned the Elecraft K3 on from PC!! works

This would work for any device requiring a pin be pulled low to activate



setup a web page with “How I did it”, includes pictures which don’t always post on reflectors



http://pages.suddenlink.net/w5aj/remote/remoteon.htm



73 W5AJ

Robert

Midland, Texas


Remote ON control of K3 - How W5AJ implemented

Robert W5AJ
 

 

One of the challenges I’ve had with operating remote was leaving the K3 on when departing

this could be for the office, To visit grandkids, campout using phone as hotspot, etc.

No method to remotely turn on the K3….

 

The K3 can be easily turned on Remote via Pin 8 on ACC port

but how to pull it low?

My hardware was ready for three devices, USB to RS232 adaptor, W3YY interface board to get the optical isolators

Add connectors

Software to fire each of the three control lines on RS232 port was missing….

 

Wayne, W5XD wrote program that I could use and placed it in public domain

that was final missing piece.

 

Recently tested and turned the Elecraft K3 on from PC!! works

This would work for any device requiring a pin be pulled low to activate

 

setup a web page with “How I did it”, includes pictures which don’t always post on reflectors

 

http://pages.suddenlink.net/w5aj/remote/remoteon.htm

 

73 W5AJ

Robert

Midland, Texas

 


Re: K3 RTTY issues with N1MM+

Joe Subich, W4TV
 

It is necessary to:

1) Set the USB Port to Option C: Limiting Speed (in Misc -> Tx Port)
2) Set Misc -> Tx Port to COM-TxD(FSK) and *not* Sound + COM-TxD (FSK)
3) Check PTT on the FSK Ports in microHAM USB Device Router
4) *DO NOT* use "PTT via Radio Command" [in *ANY* mode] in the N1MM+
Radio Port.

N1MM+ uses a *separate copy* of MMTTY so one must make (1) and (2)
through the N1MM+ Digital Window *FOR BOTH RADIO 1 and RADIO 2* if
using SO2R or SO2V.

73,

... Joe, W4TV

On 2020-10-04 2:59 PM, Harry Rudolph via groups.io wrote:
I believe I may have experienced the same issue as described by Ronald.  My setup was basically the same as his except I was operating SO1V.  I went back and verified that all of my settings are as Joe describes.  I should add that I cannot easily independently verify what is actually being transmitted and everything looks normal in the MK2 message screen as well as the N1MM message screen.  The specific condition that I see that I do not recall being normal is that on the MK2 I can see the PTT2 LED de-activate but then I can see the FSK LED continue to flash for approximately 1 second.
Harry
WX8C


Re: Elecraft K3s with P3 and Steppir SDA100

Randy Farmer W8FN
 

It is possible to rig a cable to the SDA100 DATA IN port that will simply monitor frequency via traffic on the RS232 bus if you have installed the optional transceiver interface module, but this is a one-way (receive only) path that won't let you control any aspect of the SteppIR. It will only allow the controller to follow the radio's frequency (and I'm not sure if the SteppIR interface is smart enough to read transmit frequency -- which could be important if you do much split frequency work). The interface cable can tee off the RS232 connection at the P3 PC port. It connects only the RS232 TXD line (pin 2) and ground (pin 5). A good way to deal with this connection would be a N6TV Serial Box. I've attached a copy of the SteppIR drawing for the Y cable for this link. The SDA100 MUST be configured for the same baud rate as the radio for this connection to work. PstRotatorAz will allow full control of the SteppIR via the DATA OUT port, but you must provide an RS232 port and connect it to the SDA100 using a null modem cable (pins 2 and 3 interchanged at one end).

73...
Randy, W8FN

On 10/4/2020 11:41 PM, craigt@... wrote:

[Edited Message Follows]

Randy

Thanks.

It is my understanding that with a couple of cables, the K3/P3 will communicate with the SDA100 with no extra software.  I an not sure of the wiring (how to go from the K3s through the P3) to the SDA100 with a couple of setting changes on the K3 and the SDA100?

I have the SDA100 set to Kenwood 4800/4800 also

Craig


Re: Elecraft K3s with P3 and Steppir SDA100

Henk PA0C
 

The software is only used to invoke CAT info from the K3.
With no software and AUTO Inf activated in the Conf menu the same is achieved: each change of the K3 is forwarded on RS 232.
Works fine with my K3/Steppir combination.
73 Henk

-------- Oorspronkelijk bericht --------
Van: AE7AP <kingery713@...>
Datum: 05-10-2020 06:14 (GMT+01:00)
Aan: Elecraft-K3@groups.io
Onderwerp: Re: [Elecraft-K3] Elecraft K3s with P3 and Steppir SDA100

Craig:
I have a sketch of how mine is hooked up, but I don't see how to attach it, so I will send it to you separately.  It is, generally as follows:

K3s-RJ-45 from Elecraft CBLP3Y
P3-XCVR DB-9(M) :  DB-9(F) from CBLP3Y
P3-PC DB-9(F):  DB-9(M) from SteppIR Y-Cable
SDA100-Data in/Radio DB-9(M):  DB-9(F) from SteppIR Y-Cable
Elecraft CBLP3Y-DB-9(M):  DB-9(F) from SteppIR Y-Cable

I have to have software (DXLab, N1MM, etc.) running in order for the SDA100 Autotrack to work.  In DXLab Commander, I have the "Interrogation" box clicked and a 250 ms scan interval & a "1" in the Scan Dwell box.  I don't know that these settings matter, but it works well.

73,
Rob - AE7AP