Elecraft K1 Mobile Shortwave Transceiver

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Frequency range

RX-range
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TX-range
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HAM bands
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Stability
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Tuning steps
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Filters
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Receiver

Modulations
CW  
Sensitivity
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Selectivity
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Receiver system
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IF-frequencies
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Image rejection
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Audio output
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Transmitter

Modulations
CW  
RF-Output
QRP

Connections

Antenna
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Impedance
50 Ω

Electrical

Power requirements
13.8V DC
Current drain RX
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TX
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Physical

Dimensions (w×h×d)
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Weight
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Form factor
Mobile
Manufactured
Between 199x and 200x
MPN

Other features

Memories
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Usage
Amateur / Ham radio operators
Features + options
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Accessories
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Stories & reviews

Great tiny masterpiece

Elecraft K1, Mobile Shortwave Transceiver

I use this rig everywhere - and even at home I prefer it over my FT857 just because it sounds far better on CW! I put it in my backpack when hiking through Tasmania, and it never let me down. I bought it with 4 bands, 40-30-20-17. Personally, I would have preferred 80-40-30-20 but when on the road, you hardly work QRP on 80... I made some great QSOs; 2 with the US (over 4000 miles) with only 30ft of wire in a tree! Usually, I can work what I hear. Especially the variable bandwidth is great. The noiseblanker is useless though. It probably works OK, but here in Europe there are hardly any powerlines above ground and ignitions are so well noise-cancelled that you don't hear them anyway. So it's a bit overkill here. I built the ATU as well and that matches about everything I connect to this baby. The VFO barely drifts and because the rig has both RIT and XIT, working DX using split is a piece of cake. Of course I have the battery option installed. Used several other QRP-rigs, but would not trade my K1 for anything else...

Written by PA3CNO on Aug 24, 2009

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Value for money
Aquired
Good condition in 2008
USD 634.00

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  • USD 184.00
Price Condition Year User
USD 634.00 Used / Good 2008 PA3CNO
USD 371.13 Used / Good 2010 eBay

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