Elecraft K3 Build Front Faceplate installation – Day 8

Elecraft K3 Build Front Faceplate installation – Day 8

 

So the build continues and since I was so unhappy with the last videos camera position and quality I tired something new that I believe worked out much better for your viewing.

 

This part of the installation requires some patience as you have to really work on the knobs for sure but also the DSP board as well as taking the sides off and putting them back on after front faceplate installation. I’m wondering why the decision was made to put them on in the first place if this step was coming and if they really did need to be taken off completely or just loosen to make this section work.

Either way I got the sides off and the front plate on – the radio from the front and back is really taking form at this point as well as you will find the U12 and U13 resistance testing – and other tests you will need to do with a Multi Meter at this point. They are very easy tests so just have your meter and be prepared.

 

Next step that isn’t on the video and my first part that I needed to reorder was the power cable assembly. I really didn’t get it right in the soldering part and made a mess of it. This to me was a very tricky assembly so I ended up talking to Elecraft support (which they were awesome) and ordered a new one already assembled. It think this was a function of me having a really poor soldering technique as well as having very large hands for something so small and delicate. It as a $15 mistake but one that I made and I’m glad to have the new one on order.

 

Because of this I’m stuck my new Astron Power Supply was delivered but without a power cable assembly I can’t move forward. The next test is the power on test since I have all the resistance in order – the so-called smoke test is next.

 

The rig really has taken shape and you could see what it’s going to be at this point – this is really exciting and I can’t wait for the package to be delivered hopefully today or tomorrow so I could move forward.

 

Until then enjoy the video and pictures – hopefully these are much better than the past video.

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