Taking a plunge.

This past weekend was terribly busy, busier than even I thought it would be.  As a result, I didn’t make it to ANY Field Day activities. Friday (I took the day off), Saturday and Sunday were all spent clearing out my Mom’s apartment, which has to be vacated by this coming Friday.  Thanks to our efforts (my sister, her husband, and myself) we are at the point where only relatively minor things have to be done.  We will make the deadline with no sweat. Well, actually we sweat a lot this past weekend!

My sister and I got into a discussion about the small amount of money that my Mom was able to leave each of us.  My sister suggested that my Mom really wanted her and I to use a small portion of that on ourselves.

With that in mind, I took a deep breath, and placed an order for a K3 last night.  The K3/10, the ATU (have to be able to hook up both antennas), the 400 Hz roofing filter, and (get this!) the hand microphone.

I am excited by this; but have mixed emotions.  I am not used to splurging on myself like this.  Usually, when I get a new piece of gear like my PFR3A or the KX3, I have to sell something or somehow otherwise earn or save up the money (birthday and Christmas money gifts, etc). This is truly bittersweet as it is the last temporal gift  that I will ever get from my Mom.

 But she always approved of my hobby and was glad for the enjoyment it gave and continues to give me. 

Thanks, Mom – for everything!

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].

5 Responses to “Taking a plunge.”

  • Larry, enjoy the K3. Life is short. Splurge! 🙂


  • Randall VE6VOR:

    A good call Larry.
    I bought a cuckoo clock with a similar gift from my grandparents and now whenever I wind it, I think of them.
    May you have plenty of good memories of your mom when you use the gear.

  • Jeff n1kdo:

    Your mom would be very happy that when you use the K3 you will remember her. I expect that if she was glad you were a ham, she’ll be delighted she could get you such a fine radio.

    Recommend you get the 6 KHz filter and general coverage bandpass filter modules so you can listen around with it — it is such a nice radio.

    You’ll be very happy with that radio. I’m sorry for your loss, but I expect your mom would be delighted.



  • John WW4JF:

    I did the same thing after my mom died. I built it and love it. What a great radio and a great tribute to the ones who bore us. Enjoy!

  • KQ2RP:

    Money well-spent, in the spirit of how it was left. You’ll think of your mom often when you use that radio over the coming years. I got my first chance to use the K3 (first time using any Elecraft radio) on Field Day. I didn’t get a chance to fully ding every bell and blow every whistle, but it is a very, very nice radio and the filtering is especially impressive for CW, which I know you’ll appreciate. Enjoy!

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