Elecraft K2 out of production……say it’s not so!

I was just reading a post on the Elecraft reflector of an amateur and that he contacted Elecraft to get some spare parts for his K1 and K2. As we all know the K1 is out of production but  he was informed the K2 is now out of production!! Say it's not sooooo but then again with parts availability and the market I knew once I heard about the Elecraft KX1 and the K1 had gone the way of the doh doh bird it would not be long before the K2 would follow. I have built 2 of these amazing radios and if the truth is the truth then it is a radio that will be missed.
Mike Weir, VE9KK, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from New Brunswick, Canada. Contact him at [email protected].

6 Responses to “Elecraft K2 out of production……say it’s not so!”

  • Ray Sm5XLP:

    Eric Swartz from Elecraft has already said that the K2 continues in production.

  • Frank ON6UU:

    let’s all hope they make a replacement kit, K1S and K2S. I’m waiting for them to come.

    You only know how good the rigs are untill you have one yourself. I was surprised by the difference with other brands.

    And then the service they offer to their clients !! Super super super !!

    73

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Good morning Ray, yes he did and it was great news and as soon as I read the news I updated the info on my blog. Unfortunately here at Amateur Radio dot com the update does not happen as it’s been posted already.
    73 Ray and have a good weekend
    Mike

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Hello Frank thanks for stopping by, as for me I’m wondering if there is ever going to a K4???
    Have a nice weekend Frank
    73
    Mike

  • Goody K3NG:

    While the K2 is still being offered, if parts availability was truly the cause of discontinuing the K1, I don’t see the K2 being offered for a long time. It uses many of the same components of the K1, and it has many more components. I also don’t see Elecraft offering a K1S or K2S. With the discontinuance of the KX1 and K1 and the focus on the KX2, KX3, K3, and amplifiers, you can see the direction Elecraft is going. I’m not saying it’s bad, but the Elecraft of today is different than what Elecraft was in the early 2000s when the K1 and K2 were new and we were in the QRP “golden age”, and kits were king.

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Morning Goody and thank for taking the time to stop by and comment, it true that Elecraft may be at some time dropping the K2 kit but I don’t think from any fault of their own. With regards to the bottom line for Elecraft having to hunt around for components for the kit brings the price up. It’s great that up to this point they are still able to support this kit but is seems this type of kit as opposed to surface mount kits (which I just can’t at this point do as the stuff is so so small) seem to be the next generation of kits. I have assembled 2 Elecraft k2’s and it was a great way to pass the evenings and once you power it on and it works it is a great feeling for sure. With some of the kits now a days they come with the surface mount components done and the builder gets to add some through mount devices. I see this as the way to go as the kit provider does not want to have a high failure rate of the kits do to poor surface mount soldering from the builder or frustration and no kits are sold or poor reviews are given.
    Thanks for the input Goody and have a great weekend.
    Mike
    VE3WDM

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