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May 23, 2011

The Elecraft KX3

The Elecraft KX3 was just announced at this year's Dayton Hamvention. The all new 1.5-pound radio itself puts out 10 watts, although a high-performance 100-watt+ companion amplifier/ATU for fixed-station/mobile will be available.

The KX3 is an Ultraportable:
  • 1.5 lbs 1.7x3.5x7.4"
  • KX1 form-factor 
  • internal battery pack & charger 
  • internal wide-range ATU new adjustable
  • attached keyer paddle
  • K3-like front panel, including the same LCD. 

Here is a video demonstrating the Ultra-compact K3/KX1 hybrid, 160-6 m, 10/100 W, all-mode, 32-bit DSP/SDR, 1.5 lbs. RX-mode current drain ~150 mA. Very efficient on TX, with dual-output- impedance 5W/10W PA.




I heard the base price of the KX3 from Elecraft will be US$799. Availability towards end of 2011.
This radio is generating a lot of enthusiasm in the amateur radio community.
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