I did a complete inventory of my KX3 hardware and am sad to report that I am missing some screws and lock washers.

I sent off an e-mail to Elecraft letting them know what was missing. Normally, I wouldn’t even bother, I’d just go off to Home Depot or Lowes to pick up equivalents, but these screws are black. That means they are going to show from the outside, and I don’t think either store will have black hardware.

I might have to stop off at Greenbrook Electronics on the way home from work tomorrow, in the off chance they might carry black hardware.

I know what you might be thinking, but no …….. I made sure to do the inventory in a box top, so that nothing could roll off the table and on to the floor – or worse.

To their credit, Elecraft sends a small bag of “spare” hardware. Unfortunately, nothing that I need is in there.  I will try to start the build tomorrow night, but I think right from the get go, I am going to need some of these missing screws.

Heavy sigh.

Hmmmmm ….. the good news is that I may only be one screw short.  In a burst of inspiration, I went down to the basement to the parts drawer where I kept screws that were left over from my K1 and K2 builds.  I think I can make do until the missing parts arrive.  Moral of the story? Don’t throw stuff like that out!  But don’t become a hoarder, either – yes, I know it’s a fine line!

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].

2 Responses to “Rats!”

  • Jeff n1kdo:

    is there a fastenal near you? They have a lot of these screws. Looks like there is one in Edison. You might have to buy 100, but you probably would not have to wait…

  • Omer Fournier AD7DY:

    Definitely a fine line, and I seem to be 2 or 3 miles over it! Have a great evening, Larry.

    Omer, AD7DY

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