Elecraft K3 and N1IC – my build (Page 1)
After coming back from this years Hamcation in Orlando (2013) I was struggling with the hobby and what direction I wanted to go in. I picked up an Icom ID-51 and I am a fan of Dstar and I’m in love with this radio. The problem is, as I keep looking at all the new rigs out there they either are way out of my price range or somewhat cookie cutter.
I wanted to get back to basics with Ham Radio – I have been in the hobby since I was 15 (KA1NIP which was my first callsign) and I loved 220mhz, which was my only FM option at the time… I was a Novice and met some of the best people during that time. I remember building a lot more – antennas, radios, soldering, cables, and connectors. Now, I feel like the hobby is about buying an adapter to fit any store bough radio… appliance operator is what some call it but on the flip side I don’t have the time or energy to etch pcboards and solder components. Is there a happy middle ground?
I kept looking at the great older rigs – Heathkits that I have built before… I just don’t have the room for the size and scale…. So what to do. I started to do some searching and I believe I found the middle ground… Elecraft has kits that don’t require soldering but have the fun and challenge of building, adding components, continuous upgrades. I have a friend AK5X Bill that is in love with their radios and had built just about everything. I kept looking at his pictures and videos on Flickr… the more I thought about it the more I decided this was the plan for me… Yes I am going to do it.
2/25/2013 I placed the order for the K3 100W version. I love all of the accessories but wasn’t 100% sure what to buy so at this time I am going to get the rig and continue to add as I progress. Now – major anticipation is upon me for the delivery of the rig.
Once the rig is delivered more pictures, video and the story to follow….