The Elecraft Effect

Heard this on the radio the other day on my way to work.  Does it explain, at least in part, the popularity of Elecraft products?

In other news, the blog has been silent for a while, but that doesn’t mean things haven’t been happening.  I have a couple of challenging projects that have been taking up the usual blogging time.  Stay tuned!

Ethan Miller, K8GU, is a regular contributor to and writes from Maryland, USA. Contact him at [email protected].

2 Responses to “The Elecraft Effect”

  • Roger K9LJB:

    I’m not sure that entirely applies to Elecraft gear. I’ve not assembled any, but have used some K3’s at the RACES station I help to maintain and think they’re very competent radios.

    Over the past 55 years, I’ve built my share of kits and had a lot of fun hamming with Heathkit radios going clear back to the DX-40 that was my first rig. I built it when I was 11 years old. It still works. Did I think it was the latest and greatest when I built it? Nope, not at all, but when it needed repair, I knew what to do. I lusted after Johnson Viking transmitters and later Collins.

    I built several of my own receivers from scratch and, again, I knew they weren’t the very best, but made lots of QSO’s using them and I was proud of them.

  • k8gu:

    Thanks for the comment, Roger. I heartily agree that Elecraft makes a good product (I have a K3 with about half the internal options that I did assemble from “kit”). It’s just that I wonder when people are that obsessed with them!

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