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Richard Carpenter, AA4OO, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from North Carolina, USA. Contact him at [email protected].
The "Nifty Accessories" KX3 stand
|Nifty Accessories KX3 stand|
The Elecraft KX3 is naturally at home in the wild
My Elecraft KX3 is an incredible radio in many ways. It's small size makes it a marvel for portable operations.
|The upward facing display of the KX3's short legs is ideal for remote, portable operations|
But on the desktop it's short stuff
But for desktop operation the short rear legs make for a laid back angle that makes the display difficult to see and the buttons awkward to operate. I home brewed a stand that I've used for the past few months. It angled the radio more vertically but it was still low to the desk.
|The KX3 on my homebrew stand|
The KX3 "Iron Throne"
I finally felt it was time to give the KX3 some love and give it a proper throne chair for its little princely demeanor. The KX3 now has some height and sits more vertically. Access to the face of the radio is much improved.
Here's a closer view...
If you have a KX3 and use it on a desk in the shack the Nifty Accessories stand is a solid addition to improve the ergonomics of your little jewel. It can be ordered with enough space to clear an attached paddle or lower to the desk if you prefer but I wanted the additional height to get it above some of my taller keys.
One Suggestion... replace the paper clips
The stand comes with big paper clips to hold the KX3 to the stand. They are a a bit difficult to properly attach with all the cables exiting the KX3 on the left hand side and they look ugly.
I replaced the two paper clips with a small bungee cord which I attach as a loop across the top of the stand. The bungee cord connects to itself underneath the stand...
The feet of the KX3 then slip under the bungee cord. It seems to hold it sufficiently and is easier to attach and remove the radio. It looks nicer as well...
That's all for now
So lower your power and raise your expectations
Like the Iron Throne from Nifty. What is the cost.