The KX3 Case – Decision Made
I’ve had in my possession my new Elecraft KX3 for over a month. I’ve watched and waited and watched some more. I’ve seen many of our fellow hams post pictures and such on the various reflectors about things that worked and things that didn’t work. Even I speculated on how an existing case would work using a short 2×4. I later realized I hadn’t taken into account the knobs with my 2×4 prototype. While the bag which works fine for my 817 does work, I wanted something a little more specific for the KX3.
My primary selection criteria was maximum protection. I really didn’t care how many other accessories I could cram into the case….I wanted something that was crush proof and water proof. In most circumstances, the KX3 case would always be carried inside the backpack I use for SOTA activations. I carry a smaller pouch which will hold the microphone, power cable etc.
While I would have gladly spent the $$ for a Pelican case, the size wasn’t right for my application. Again, I wanted something to protect the KX3…but I didn’t want the added bulk and weight. I also found a few, what I’ll call Pelican like models, but in the end they simply didn’t make the cut.
What I finally decided to purchase was the SIGG Aluminum Survival Kit Box. The large size measures 9.0” x 5.7” x 3.0”. The SIGG Aluminum Box is both durable and leak proof, so my two basic requirements are fulfilled. The lid locks in to place with two latches on each side and has a rubber gasket to keep moisture and dust out. Thanks to both Steve, wGØAT and Guy, N7UN for the idea.
While the inside of the box is just simply aluminum (no padding), working in the IT field does have its privileges. I receive weekly shipments of computers, servers and other computer hardware gadgets. I have a variety of different foam bits and pieces which will work perfectly to provide a nice comfortable nest for my KX3 to sit in.
Right now I’m still in basement construction mode. I start painting this weekend and there just is no time for SOTA activations. But I’m staying busy with conducting presentations to both local clubs and via remote connections to clubs outside the area. I’ll update once I have all the foam padding work completed in the new KX3 case.
73 de KDØBIK
Nice case! Especially for the hiking crowd. I’m reworking a large Pelican Case that holds me IC 703 now, along with other peripheral gear. I have the foam padding now. I’m just awaiting the arrival of the Kx3 for a final fitting. I’m a Tailgate’ Op so there is no need to consider weight in a carrying case.