[Elecraft_K3] Re: K3 Status Update: August 29, 2007

Ken K3IU <kenk3iu@...>

Check the Shipping Status on the Elecraft web site.
Ken K3IU

CR wrote:

Does this mean that the second production run is delayed 2 or 3 weeks
as well?

--- In Elecraft_K3@yahoogroups.com, "Eric C. Swartz"
...> wrote:
> K3 Status Update: August 29, 2007
> Note from Eric:
> I apologize for not posting earlier. I planned on posting an update
> for everyone before I left town for the JA Ham Fair last week, but ran
> out of time. So you can blame this delay in status on me (and the
> Marketing dept.) instead of the Engineering dept.
> Our revised target for the beginning of K3 shipments is now September
> 17th. The K3 shipping date is now primarily determined by delays in K3
> part deliveries, PC boards and completed assemblies from our vendors.
> The remaining handful of delayed parts are scheduled to arrive this
> week and early next week. There are less than ten different parts in
> this category, but it only takes one part not arriving (or arriving
> with the incorrect value) to delay production. Every time this has
> happened our PCB stuffing operation has had to halt working on one
> board and move to another while the part problem is resolved. The
> final four raw PC boards took 2 weeks longer than expected and they
> arrive tomorrow. (There are a total of 16 PC boards in the basic
> K3/10.) Also, our sheet metal fabricator has taken several weeks
> longer than they projected to supply us with painted and silk-screened
> K3 chassis parts. Final K3 sheet metal is now scheduled to arrive in
> Aptos on Friday.
> Our field testers and engineering team have done an excellent job over
> the last four weeks thrashing out the K3's design, assembly manual and
> operational features. (Thanks guys!) Wayne, Lyle and the rest of our
> engineering team have been working 7 day weeks incorporating the Field
> Tester's suggestions and making sure the K3 meets their expectations
> and hopefully yours. We've field tested the first release of the
> assembly manual and we are now testing the latest update.
> The KNB3 noise blanker was the last core board completed for the K3.
> It was released to production last month and is one of the best
> performing noise blankers I've used. It includes 8 different NB gain
> levels and has two stages of internal AGC, along with three separate
> widths of blanking. The net result is that I have been able to remove
> almost anything my local power company, electric fences and noisy
> autos and can throw at it. And combined with Lyle's latest version of
> the DSP NB, we have a formidable tool for interference reduction. (The
> hardware and DSP noise blankers can be used simultaneously to reduce a
> wide range of pulse type interference.)
> We are receiving assembled K3 boards in Aptos now and are testing them
> in preparation for their inclusion in K3 kits and assembled units. So
> far we have received, or will receive this week, initial shipments of
> a number of the K3 board assemblies, including the front panel, mixer,
> audio and digital I/O, PLL, crystal filter and transverter I/O boards.
> We appreciate your patience as we get the final pieces in place to
> ship your K3s. From now until we ship we will post weekly updates on
> K3 shipping here on the Elecraft list and on our web page. We'll also
> be posting the pre-release version of the K3 assembly manual on our
> web site later this week to give you a feel for what is coming.
> 73,
> Eric WA6HHQ
> Wayne, N6KR