Nice article

While strolling through the links at eHam, I came across this link to a very nice article about Rex Harper W1REX of QRPME fame:

http://www.keepmecurrent.com/reporter/news/not-your-father-s-ham/article_4bb5d548-8ed3-11e1-947b-0019bb2963f4.html

On a KX3 note, a Ham friend of mine has decided that he and his XYL are not cut out for apartment living and have found themselves a small house to live in. Closing is near the end of this month.  Right now it looks (as he described it) like a “horse race”. Which will occur first – arrival of the KX3 at W2LJ’s house – or my Ham buddy and his wife closing on their new house?  My bet’s on them.

Hmmmmm …….. maybe I spoke to soon – this just came out on the KX3 reflector from Steve WG0AT:

Great News… Kit#1 to be Field Tested via kit assembly/manual …ships 05/02/12 tomorrow. Just heard from Bob/K6XX at Elecraft we’ve been asked to “Kit-test”, as in assemble, Kit# 1 using the latest rev of the kit manual and provide feedback on the process.

I’ve had Elecraft kit building experiences before with their K1, KX1, and K2 but not with any of their recent preassembled gear like a K3 etc. So it should be interesting to see how we do without the smell of a hot solder filling the room. (wonder if they sell solder scented candles aka Ham candle, Hah!)

My KX3-kit was originally destined for shipping via UPS ground but I thought 2-day air in this case would be a much better choice. (Next Day Air is ~$100!) 2nd Day air would get my kit here Friday PM. That’s assuming UPS does their job? Bob agreed and graciously offered to ante up the difference. This gives us the weekend to build and mark up the manual (if needed) and get the feed back to Elecraft before Monday (Maybe even as early as Sat? …no promises!).

Obviously at this point sooner is mucho better than later! (And no need to go into the waiting ‘whine’ song we all dread hearing! Instead …it’s soon over folks! – Peanut) So with any luck and we should be putting our brand new #1 Phillips to use this Friday PM! …YEEAH Baby!

Will keep you posted but if you hear silence for me Friday PM remember that’s a good sound! …Sri, no video – I want to focus on task! Video comes later.

Cheers, Steve …WGOAT/Rooster & Peanut
http://www.youtube.com/goathiker
http://w0-sota.org/

72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP – When you care to send the very least!

Larry Makoski, W2LJ, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from New Jersey, USA. Contact him at [email protected].

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