Wednesday, 3 April 2013

KX3 - initial thoughts


I’ve been using the KX3 now for a couple of days. Sadly I have to add my voice of many owners by stating what a fantastic little radio it is. As a proud owner of the FT817 I really regretted selling it, but I kept telling myself it was for the greater good.  Having now got the KX3 I can honestly say it was the right decision. The KX3 knocks the 817 into next week. It truly is an awesome box of tricks.

I purchased the kit and after 3 hours of building the KX3 burst into life and was receiving signals form all over the place. I had my very 1st QSO on the day after (CW) and was delighted on how I managed to get  on with the radio after doing the typical bloke thing of not reading the user manual.

I went on a walkabout to some woods over the Easter weekend. I threw a wire antenna into some trees, hooked up some coax and settled down for a spin around the bands while snuggled up quite peacefully against a great Oak. I managed to bag 3 QSO’s to Canada with out really trying. In fact when I got home I checked the power and indeed I was running 3 watts. So I was dead chuffed. 


And to add to this pleasure, the view from the shack that day was immense.