WoW new KX2.. /Lets hear some Dayton news.

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A million posts about the Kx2 which is a paired down kx3 (same firmware even) on the elecraft reflector. Its cool with a built in mic and speaker (HtMode) and a thoughtful ground wire. SOTA guys will probably love it....
My question is this, its a different but compatible paddle to the kx3 which in my opinion has far to weak of springs and no feel. I wonder if it feels better.

Anyone at Dayton tell us what is looking cool! maybe TT will do something, anything. Any cool new SS legal limit amps? Pocket size 6-160 antennas that match with no tuner?

We need some light hearted conversation around here.
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Steve (N9SKM)

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KY6LA - Howard, Elmer

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kx2_datasheet_rev4.pdf

Yet another 1st Generation SDR.. only 10W output  (Life is too short for QRP – Quote K6QK (SK))

 Will likely outperform the KX3 and most Legacy Radios.. but limited dynamic range due to limited number of bits and speed of A/D Converter.. ( No Data on Phase Noise or Filtering)

 Looks like a great little ultra portable HF Rig... UNTIL you need to actually schlep cables and antennas so people can hear you 

NO ETHERNET Connection..

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Philip KA4KOE

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I did a lot of HF pack activity with military grade radios. I hesitate to take such fragile (pronounced FRA-GEEE-LAY) radios into the field.
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Steve (N9SKM)

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"it must be Italian"

I would love to find an older Military HF rig at a hamfest sometime but i have to drive a ways to find good hamfests.

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Philip KA4KOE

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You have to be careful due to risk of unobtainium. Here is a Thomson radio at American Milspec...

http://www.american-milspec.com/p-6494-thomson-trc-340-hf-manpack-transceiver-16-299999mhz-wtuner-us...
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I'm a bit disappointed with the KX2 announcement.  I was hoping for something bigger, not scaled down even more.  So now thinking about a 6300 or 6500 and Maestro combo but there still seems to be too many issues and I STILL would have difficulty in seeing the metering.  Maybe something else will catch my eye from Dayton.
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Steve (N9SKM)

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Im happy with my flex and the maestro will be nice with the current features, Both will only get better with time and its perfectly usable currently for me. 
I think it would've been nice to see a legal limit amp from elecraft personally, The kx2 looks cool but its very close to a kx3 in several ways. Looks like a good SOTA radio.

The k3s is a nice rig but when you add up panadapter and all the extra features to load it up to what i would conciser comparable with a 6500/Maestro the price split is not that much. I am personally not a fan of the display on the K3S or all of the multi function buttons but they are trying to keep the rig small for Dxers. 

The K3S will receive DSP updates and maybe a new feature or 2 (My kx3 has had a couple of updates) but the front end and architecture of the FRS product seems to leave alot more room for changes, Ethernet connectivity sure is nice too.
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David G4NRT / Z21NRT

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I tend to agree with Steve on the KX3.  I have one with all the bells and whistles (even a 2m transverter) and the Elecraft 100W linear.  I hardly ever use them now I have the Flex 6500 and the addition of the Maestro makes it even less likely that I will.

I probably ought to sell them on but they seem to devalue so quickly that I may as well just hang on to it as a spare ....

David G4NRT
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Steve (N9SKM)

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I have my KX3 set up with a few wire antennas, battery, power supply etc in a pelican case for when i travel. That and a collapsible fiberglass mast make for an easy travel station.
My other rig in the station is a TT Eagle. I have only used it a couple times since getting the flex to be honest but its fairly small and easy to operate which makes it a great FD rig.
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Burt Fisher

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"Both will get better with time?" Like the 5000,3000?
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Steve (N9SKM)

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Did the power sdr rigs not gain any functionality of the life of them? The statement was in reference to with newer versions of SSDR things will improve (Not meaning that they are currently broken).
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Lee, Elmer

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The 5000 and 3000 continue to have new features added through the KE9NS software updates so they continue to get better over time
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Steve (N9SKM)

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That,s what i thought. And while they were a current flex product they received updates.

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