Now configure the radio port to send PTT commands: Whereas the K2 covers the main 9 shortwave bands m, the K3 also covers 60m and 6m, with an optional internal 2m transverter. WSJT-X also offers a frequency calibration mode. That said, shortly before my K3 arrived, my old Sony laptop decided it was time to go to the big bit bucket in the sky. The K3 comes as standard with an RS serial port through which it can communicate with logging software, passing information such as its frequency and mode in either direction. Elecraft claims to be very responsive to customers but I have to say that so far I have failed to persuade them to fix the three bugs in the top three bullets above. Click Copy firmware files from Elecraft.
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Both are ‘no-name’ devices and both use FTDI chipsets http: The KPA will click and put itself into MCUload mode, update its firmware, then click back to normal about a minute later. The K3 comes as standard with an RS serial port through which it can communicate with logging software, passing dlecraft such as its frequency and mode in either direction.
PTT handling should really be a lower priority than CW sending Configure N1MM to connect to the K3. By comparison, the following screenshot from my TS shows no such obvious artifacts: Plug it in to the PC. Solve a nasty transmit spur on K3s released in mid by removing a single capacitor.
I have been a fan of Sennheiser headphones for about 25 years. Naturally, this command only works if the subRX is turned on!
Elecraft Accessories – Transceiver Accessories – Amateur Radio
The Yaesu uses a traditional analogue meter which gives better resolution though probably worse accuracy than the W2. The mic seems to have elecraf of gain: After testing per the procedure in the KPA manual the K2 will send to the laptop but the laptop will not send to the K2 with my present adapters.
The K3 is not perfect however.
Click OK to come out of the config menus. Wait a moment for the PC to recognize it and find the driver you have just loaded. The connection between pickup head and display box uses an Ethernet cable.
The K3 is about the size of a large box file, similar to other mid-sized ham transceivers but considerably smaller and lighter than the FT etc.
If the Utility was updated, download the new version and install it first. The audio quality and comfort were excellent, while the open style means I could hear things happening around me, such as someone knocking at the door. Elecraft claims to be very responsive to customers but I have to say that so far I have failed to persuade them to fix the three bugs in the top three bullets above.
The converted VESA extender cable works well: That said, shortly before my K3 arrived, my old Sony laptop decided it was time to go to the big bit bucket in the sky.
Click the Set button for the COM port and then configure the port to match how it is set up on your K3 i.
Set the polling interval to about mS polls the radio 5 times a second – more often if you like, less often on a slow PC. By comparison, the following screenshot from my TS shows no such obvious artifacts:. Now figure out which serial port the adapter is using: I bought the W2 mostly to address a simple problem: Switch back and forth between sidebands a few times to be sure you can hear the difference.
Band changes can be made from either one.
Elecraft KUSB USB Adapter for the K3 Transceiver.
You can also click Test communications. Not quite as easy or flexible as a true quick memo function but better than nothing]. When tuning my old valve amp, the load and plate tuning is critical on some bands. Hold TEST again later to put the rig back into normal transmit mode. Hit the Escape key to interrupt the sending. There are a few K3 mods and add-ons:.