A rhetorical question and one I’m asking trying to justify my own purchase…
For the past several weeks, I’ve returned (temporarily, thankfully) to my post-Navy roots:
-totally QRP and with a makeshift antenna in a place that would rather I not have one at all.
I’m only on 17 and 20 meters and not hearing any of the DX I see spotted on the cluster. Most QSO’s fade in and out and are not on QRP freqs – my antenna is doing all it can to hear 100-watt stations. Expecting it to reliably copy QRP’ers is unrealistic.
There are many in that situation. To alleviate the dual burdens of antenna restrictions and low power, they take to the hills, parks and summits. Portable operation has never been more popular, thanks to all the wrong reasons.
If I lived here with these restrictions, a KX3 would be high on my Things To Buy Next list. I can fully understand its appeal to the antenna-challenged.
But those who go portable with QRP already have a rig – a K2, FT-817, an Argonaut, etc. What will a KX3 provide for you that those rigs don’t?
For those who don’t operate portable but have nonetheless ordered a KX3, as the daughter’s father said to the scruffy young man, “What are your intentions?” Will you be more apt to operate portably now that you have a KX3? If so, how often?
To Elecraft’s credit, Elecraft customers tend to be repeat buyers. I’m betting that more KX3 owners already have a KX1, K2 or K3 taking up shack space – what is the KX3′s place in that line-up? What will it do that they won’t – sit there and look sexy until the new wears off?
Maybe you like its modularity – take it along for the ride as is or enjoy it in the shack at 100 watts with the add-on amp. I wonder how many new hams will make it their One and Only, Do Everything rig.
Me, I’m pondering the price and how little the rig would likely get used at my home QTH…and am wanting one anyway! Damned if I know why, but for the price tag, I’d better come up with something that allows proximity to justification.