A day in the park………

Packed and ready to go
Powering up..and NOTHING
Julie had a great idea the other day, I could get my new Elecraft KX3 some on air time from the car. The plan was we go to a park, me with the radio and Julie with her camera. While she was off taking photos I could operate QRP from the car. First my KXBC3 (to use NiHM batteries and charge then)  had to be installed in the KX3. That was done yesterday evening without any problems (I did a YouTube video
of it soon to be posted) I then placed my Ansmann 2850 MaH batteries in 

 the radio and set it for a 16 hour charge. I tried the radio at home today on The internal batteries and the KX3 was dead!!!! Off to the manual were I found out the rig is preset if  the voltage is not over 10 volts the rig will not start. ( Rig holds 8 AA batteries) No problem I was told to drop the threshold to 8.5 volts if using  
NiMH batteries. That was done and on came the rig all was well. Off to the park ......Julie helped me get setup and off she went. I'm ready to go.....powered up the KX3 NOTHING!!!! Very frustrating to say the least. I packed everything up and
Julie had more success than me
now waiting for Julie's return and composing this blog post on my IPhone in the parking Lot.
Mike Weir, VE9KK, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from New Brunswick, Canada. Contact him at [email protected].

6 Responses to “A day in the park………”

  • jeff n1kdo:

    What’s that nice box you have the kx3 in?


  • Alex K5UNY:

    Michael that is a very nice shot of the Canadian Geese. Are we to assume the photo is the doping of your xyl??
    Alex K5UNY Dallas Tx

  • Harry N4hg:

    Tell Julie I enjoyed her shot. Would she allow me to use it as my lock screen background?


  • mike ve3wdn:

    Good evening Jeff, the box the rig is on is from Pelican and it’s the 1200 series. They are great boxes virtually indestructible. I have one for my K3 and K2 as well. They are not cheap but are the best and I don’t want to cheap out when it comes to a rig worth thousands to replace. They are online Google pelican. Also camera stores will likely sell them as well.
    P.S Any more questions about box sizes for different rigs and so on give me an email and I will be more than happy to help out as I have purchased many of these Pelican cases. [email protected]

  • mike ve3wdn:

    Hello Harry, nice to have you stop by and comment on the blog. Yes the goose is all Julies work. As I was trying to get the KX3 to work in the car she was out shooting photos. This one had no touch ups to it, came right off the Nikon D800. I will pass your complements along to Julie.

  • mike ve3wdn:

    Hello again Harry, sorry I mixed up the comments between you and Alex….Harry I spoke with Julie and there is no problem you using that pic. She may be able to send you a higher resolution if you would like? Just email me at [email protected] if you would like that.

    Alex, very sorry but read the comments that begin “hello Harry” just take out Harry and add Alex…:)Mixed up the names.

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