A must-see page for K2 owners

A few months ago I made a posting about Elecraft’s K2, questioning where it stands now in the big scheme of things with the KX3 on the horizon.

A lot of thoughtful comments followed, as well as periodic comments to Elecraft’s reflector, that gave me additional insight into that question.

They say that confession is good for the soul so I’ll admit now that part of the reason I made that post was to seek validation, ¬†justification – whatever you want to call it (yes, I have my weak moments) – for the little voice in some little obscure corner of my head that keeps telling me: “Get a K2 – you get to build it yourself!”

Although I assembled my K3, I didn’t build it. And I’ve build enough monoband rigs in the past to know the satisfaction that comes from each QSO – a feeling that is absent with store-bought rigs and even assembled rigs.

For those who already have a K2 – have a look at the LA3ZA Unofficial Guide to Elecraft K2 Modifications in all its amazing detail.

For those who don’t – don’t look at it…..it may compel you to buy one just for all the tinkering that’s possible post-build.

I miss the smell of solder.


As I bookmarked LA3ZA’s page I decided to add a page of external links that some may find interesting.



  4 comments for “A must-see page for K2 owners

  1. September 2, 2011 at 10:48 am

    John – I’ve been thinking exactly the same thing as you. At some point I’ll probably end up with a KX3 and the only downside for me to the announcement of it’s release was that it seemed to invalidate my desire for a K2. As much as I want a KX3 (and I know I will) I will never get to build it component by component, like I can the K2.

    There is another side to this that has been playing on my mind also and that is the fact that building kits has become a no-brainer for me recently in that I have proved to myself that I can assemble projects that require good soldering and attention to detail so now I’m wondering whether I really need to build my own rig, now that I know I’m capable.

    I’m conflicted, and yet the K2 will probably be the last fully-featured HF transceiver available as a kit with through hole components. It might be worth building it for that reason of nostalgia alone.

    • September 2, 2011 at 2:22 pm

      Yep, I can see how building a kit might feel like taking a step back as far as construction goes once you’ve completed projects like your regen rx, etc.

      But even so, there are many radio projects to build that aren’t transceivers – to build a multi-band transceiver kit from a magazine article would be overwhelming for me & I doubt I could do it. Parts procurement alone would turn me off before I ever started…

      • September 6, 2011 at 9:21 pm

        I didn’t explain myself very well John. Building a multiband transceiver from an article where I have to source all the parts myself would be a very big undertaking for me too. I think the most I’d want to take on this way would be a monoband transceiver.

        What I meant is that I’ve done enough building (of both kits and projects in which I source my own parts) to know that I am capable of building a K2. Now that I know I am definitely capable of doing it, I’m questioning whether I actually need to.

        But as you said, it’s a transceiver (a very good one too) that you get to build yourself!

  2. September 2, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    John, thanks for the pointer to my K2 modifications page. Unfortunately some of the links on the page are broken, and it is too much work to fix it now, but hopefully it will still provide useful information.

    Just the other day I also made a post on my blog about some of the things to look out for in using the K2: http://la3za.blogspot.com/2011/09/elecraft-k2-dos-and-donts.html.

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