Elecraft K3 Assembly Front Panel – Day 7

As assembly continues on the Elecraft K3 today was time to finish the back connectors and the start on the front panel – I was trying a new camera and camera position so let me say up front I’m not happy with the video but overall it will give you the view of the assembly process I was going though.

The interesting and challenging part about this is there are several places where someone that is as anal as I am about getting things lined up and cleaned properly will go crazy on this section. Getting the knobs to line up perfectly on the lines and indicators is for me very challenging. Knowing that I wanted to get this part right the first time and knowing that it’s the thing you will be looking at everyday is critical to me ☺ I know maybe not to everyone but it is to me.

Also – having fingerprints on the plastic covering the main readout window was something I didn’t think about at the time but once I got it mounted I had to take it off and clean – again something that is import to me that might not be to most.

The great part about this step for me was really seeing what you are going to be viewing while operating is really exciting. There are a few steps here that you want to take your time on like setting the screws on the faceplate properly as it will be a critical step later and ensuring that you have the alanscrews untighten before trying to assemble the knobs on…. Very critical. Getting the VFO’s mounted and ensuring that you don’t have any leads sticking out too far is another place to be careful here.

A few gotta areas but overall another fun section of the build – enjoy the video and remember it’s not my best for sure!

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