Elecraft KX3 Portable HF/VHF Transceiver

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Ultra-portable HF transceiver with built-in paddle and antenna tuner (AT).

Frequency range

RX-range
0.310-32 / 44-54 MHz (160-6 m) 144-148 MHz optional (2 m)
TX-range
0.310-32 / 44-54 MHz (160-6 m) 144-148 MHz optional (2 m)
HAM bands
160m  80m  60m  40m  30m (WARC)  20m  17m (WARC)  15m  12m (WARC)  11m (CB)  6m  2m  10m 
Stability
+/- 1 p.p.m. typical over 0-50 °C
Tuning steps
-
Filters
Optional roofing filters (KXFL3)

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Receiver

Modulations
AM   FM   CW   USB   LSB   RTTY   PSK31/63  
Sensitivity
-138 dBm typ. with 20 dB preamp, 500 Hz bandwidth
-140 dBm typ. on 6 m with 30-dB preamp
Selectivity
500 Hz
Receiver system
SDR
IF-frequencies
-
Image rejection
≥ 50 dB
Audio output
500 mW

Transmitter

Modulations
AM   FM   CW   USB   LSB   RTTY   PSK31/63  
RF-Output
HF: 12 W, 6m: 10 W, 2m: ?

Connections

Antenna
BNC + SMA
Impedance
50Ω

Electrical

Power requirements
8~15 V DC
Current drain RX
150 mA
TX
2 A max

Physical

Dimensions (w×h×d)
188 × 89 × 41 mm (7.40 × 3.50 × 1.61 in)
Weight
680 gr (1.5 lbs) without options
Form factor
Portable
Manufactured
Between 2012 and 20xx in USA

Other features

Memories
150 channels in 1 bank(s)
Usage
Amateur / Ham radio operators
Features + options
Software Defined Radio
Built-in auto-AT
Built-in keyer and paddle
100 W PA option
Dual VFO's
Optional 2 meter module (KX3-2)
8 band RX EQ
Lunable I.F. passband width/shift
Optional roofing filters (KXFL3)
Accessories
-

Manuals, diagrams and brochures

Elecraft KX3 Owner's Manual (preliminary)

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Reviews

Grandi prestazioni!

Elecraft KX3, Portable HF/VHF Transceiver

Ha praticamente tutto quell che si può trovare in un apparecchio di fascia elevata: dal doppio VFO ad una serie impressionante di filtri audio, dal decider PSK e RTTY incorporati (puoi trasmettere in CW e lui "traduce in PSK o RTTY) fino al doppio audio, con cui senti, in un auricolare la stazione DX e nell' altro il Pile-Up! Certo, non è economico, ma il paragone va fatto con i "grandi" classici dell' HF. 1.200 Euro, senza scheda audio, senza microfono e senza accordatore, per di più ha solo 10 Watt...ma ne sono entusiasta!

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Aquired
Mint condition in 2012
EUR 1200.00

Wonderful Rig

Elecraft KX3, Portable HF/VHF Transceiver

The KX-3 has proven to be an excellent rig for me. I purchased it factory built after reading reviews and the product test on the ARRL website, and it has not let me down so far. So far I've worked sideband, cw, psk31 and rtty with great success. The little rig is tolerant of power supply, running from a cheap RadioShack power supply, battery or solar cell without a hiccup. When I accidentally over voltaged it, it simply turned itself off and suffered no damage. The internal ATU has tuned nearly every strange antenna or wire I've connected to it, usually within 1.3/1 swr. With properly made antenna I have been able to work Europe, Australia, and all 50 United States. 10 watts was enough to earn my WAS award with my horizontal loop in my attic crawlspace, low dipoles thrown into trees, and even a buddypole-style homebrew. It's a great rig that I'm not parting with anytime soon.

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Performance
Build quality
Features
User friendlyness
Value for money
Aquired
Mint condition in 2013
USD 1000.00

Prices

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Price Condition Year User
EUR 1200.00 Mint / New 2012 maurizio.scansani
USD 1000.00 Mint / New 2013 misterav8r
USD 1049.00 Mint / New 2017 RigReference
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