A KX3 and “combined” KPA500’s to Zambia

9j2tThe team getting set to activate Zambia tomorrow (9J2T) is taking along a KX3 and may be the first “major” DXpedition to do so.

It opens up a new challenge to DXers around the world as many DXers might see more fulfillment (or receiver bragging rights) in working the 10-watt station.

Given the choice of two stations on the air at the same time, I’ll definitely go after the KX3 first if I know which one it is.

It would be fun if the idea caught on of taking along a QRP rig on major DXpeditions.

An interesting set-up in the QRO category as well – combined KPA500 amps. I’ve heard of this being done and it offers a way to use multiple amps to produce higher (albeit expensive) power. Acom makes a combiner that has inputs for up to four separate amps.

The team will be there for a bit over two weeks.



  2 comments for “A KX3 and “combined” KPA500’s to Zambia

  1. February 27, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    In direct-conversion mode (zero-IF), the KX3 could be a bad choice to handle a pile-up. They will need to work them up 5KHz in CW at least. See Rob NC0B benchmark about this…

    • February 28, 2014 at 8:20 am

      Maybe they’ll wait until later when the pile-ups have thinned out a bit. I think the pile-ups may be more intense on phone than CW since Brian 9J2BO has been giving out CW contacts for over 30 years now.

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      From 1979

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