Three days ago I cancelled my April 6th order for a KPA500.
I may order one yet, but time is not of the essence. When Elecraft announced the new product on April 6th, they also stated that the first orders would ship on April 15. That date has come and gone with no KPA500′s being shipped.
Delays occur – no big deal.
What is a bit disappointing though is that any requests for updates from Elecraft customers are ignored. In fact, the order page for the KPA500 still says they will ship April 15 which was 17 days ago…
The delay has given me time to reflect on two Elecraft issues: that such delays followed the announcement of the K2 and K3 and, more importantly, that the initial releases of both of those transceivers were followed by numerous last-minutes fixes and gotchas.
I posted a blog entry at the time that the proper time to buy an Elecraft product is a few months after their release, when all the bugs have been exposed by the real beta-testers, ie the customers.
The delay in the release of the KPA500 has given me time to get over my initial seduction and remember the history of who I’m dealing with.
Great products, no doubt; but not immediately so.
I may yet order one, but with the DX/contest season mostly over (at least as I pursue it), I have time to wait, read the Elecraft reflector and then make a more intelligent decision regarding the amp. Fortunately, the sale of my AL811 fell through so I still have a half-KW sitting on the desk if I need it.
Alternatives to the $2000 amp are to keep my current AL811 and add the $300 QSK unit to it for noiseless, relay-less T/R switching on CW. Hmmm…..