Desk stand for an Elecraft KX3

A surprise package dropped through the door yesterday afternoon. (I do like surprises!)  It was a SOTA Beams desk stand for the Elecraft KX3, customised with my callsign.

SOTA Beams desk stand for Elecraft KX3

In the absence of instructions and with the aid of a couple of the photos on the SOTA Beams website it took my poor brain a couple of minutes to work out how it went together. Actually there are a couple of self adhesive rubber feet and a length of edge trim the purpose of which are still not entirely clear to me.

The stand is robustly made from a laser cut  perspex type material and holds the KX3 at the perfect angle for desktop use.  (I’m not sure how that would be with the KXPD3 paddle. I didn’t try it as with my shaky hands I can only send dits at the moment. 🙂

This stand is exactly what I have been looking for to hold the KX3 when operating sitting on the ground with the rig beside you. The viewing angle is just right for that too – much better than standing your nice radio on the damp and dirty ground. The bright orange of the one SOTA Beams sent me  (they are also available in black or red apparently) makes the stand highly visible and so less likely to be accidentally left behind on the summit or other operating spot.

The perfect angle for desktop or portable operation

Thanks, Richard! This is definitely going in the case with the Alex Loop ready forwhen  my health improves enough for me to take a radio into the Great Outdoors again.

Julian Moss, G4ILO, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from Cumbria, England. Contact him at [email protected].

3 Responses to “Desk stand for an Elecraft KX3”

  • Steve G0PQB:

    Yesterday I received the SOTA stand for the FT817 which is finished in black with my callsign in yellow. i ordered it on line on Sunday and it came Wednesday of this week- excellent service from Richard. The edge trim is to be cut to size to go on each of the two front feet to prevent it sliding about as it would do on some surfaces. This is to go in my portable QRP station which I have put together in an aluminium brief case.
    I hope your health will improve and you will be feeling a bit more like your old self. 73 Steve G0PQB

  • Scott W0SGM:

    That looks good.I may have to get me one for my KX3. I like that it folds flat for the backpack

    Scott W0SGM

  • tim trombley K*TAT:

    I know this post is old, but looking for some dimensions on the SOTA KX3 stand design, not in production anymore, and would like to make one.

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