So I decided to jump on the Elecraft KX3 bandwagon. I love travelling and being outside, this radio will allow me to enjoy both activities at once. Best part is, I get to pick the best spot to put up my antenna! I foresee many trips up hills and possibly mountains with this thing! I was going to video the assembly of the kit, but I kept getting distracted assembling the kit (hey, life happens!). So it took me about 6 hours to assemble the kit.
I’d never assembled a radio before, although I had a few computer builds under my belt, this device was much smaller than a desktop PC! I had to use tweezers to insert most screws and washers, but eventually got the task accomplished, it wasn’t easy, I’m not sure if I should have just paid the $100 to have it assembled? I don’t think assembling the radio made me understand the circuitry any better, but I did see how everything was pieced together. The manual was very clear and concise, I think anyone could assemble this kit with a bit of know how.
Really excited to try this radio out with the Chameleon F Loop. Plans are to hike up Mount Bonnell and Shingle Hills and try it out! Those are the two highest points near me at about 900 ft. & 1,400 ft elevation. I’m just curious as to if that will have any bearing on making a better contact!
(Mount Bonnell @ Sunset – overlooking the Colorado River)