Elecraft K3 Build Assembly Day 6

Elecraft K3 Build Assembly Day 6

And so it starts – Elecraft K3 World Famous Build – I really expected the radio to not take it’s form so quickly for some reason my expectation was that it would take much longer for it to actually look like a radio.

I was really humbled my the pour out from people that I got on my refection’s email regarding the type of feedback I was getting from others on this build. I really do love this Ham Radio community it has been part of my life for a long time and will continue to be with all the great feedback I have gotten.

So mounting boards, 2D Connectors properly (which is something I recommend you get right the first time) and then pulling together the head shield and sides was the big part of this section. I had to slow down because I had the Auto Antenna Tunner and I wanted to make sure I read about getting this part right for a few reasons. The first being it’s a little off topic from the main book and the second was I heard the antenna tuner is so good I could tune a paperclip with it so I knew I wanted it to work right the first time ☺

When the sides come together it’s really a blast – I mean that because you know there is a long way to go but you now see the form of the radio, the back is filling in with SO259’s and other connectors… you are seeing what could be and that is a great feeling. I can’t wait to get this radio together now and it gave me an extra boost of energy to continue working. These are small parts at times and frustrating could set in if you drop and keep dropping small washers. Your eyes could get tired over a little time and of course other priorities in life come up ☺

This was my stopping point for today just as it seemed like a natural break for me personally… I hope you enjoy the video.


  1. David says

    Hi Nick,
    Just had to lok at your further offering on the K3 Build.
    Apart from your own recording of the event I honestly thought it slow and drawn out and of little or no interest to folk to look at. For those who have done it it tells them nothing, for those who have not it is not informative. It is easy to bore folk with pictures, as a photographer, You should know! I do,
    Take the newspaper editors motto. catch their eye, Boil it down, keep it brief……… Like one of my early photos handed to the editor when I first worked for a newspaper, He said Thats good, then proceeded to cut off most of the background and associated detail ( I am a pictorialist by heart) leaving just the faces ( Faces sell papers) and thus saving space and expensive block making….
    Guess the fellows in the movie cutting rooms are just the same……….
    73 David . Self employed photgrapher for about 35 years -after 10 as employee it worked I became
    Financially independent at age 55 This retirement is good, how did I find time to work?

    • says

      Thanks for the feedback Dave – yes it’s a combination of capturing for me and showing pictures/video for others to see the building process. Thanks for the feedback I have been trying to figure out a way to keep it interesting but it’s hard when there are a lot of steps and I believe a lot needs to be covered. I think my summary post will capture the what people need to know if they haven’t built one yet – the watch out fors and gotchas. Thanks for the feedback and I’ll keep it in mind.

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