Elecraft W2 Wattmeter Build – (Elecraft K3 Build) Page 3
So a package arrived from Elecraft and I was excited but it wasn’t that big and not knowing exactly now big the radios (Elecraft K3) is I was wondering if it came in separate packages or something.
It wasn’t ☺ It was the Elecraft W2 Wattmeter – I only knew that once I opened and the first thing that captures you is the fact that everything is packed so well. I have heard about the legendary service but one thing that I know Apple, Microsoft, Amazon and other vendors in the electronics arena start with are the packing or user experience from opening the box. Now I am not saying that this box was packed to those standards as the companies I mentioned have many more resources putting time into this but… for a small ham radio company the experience was well above average.
I got the package in the evening shipments but I was pretty tired that night so I woke up early and my wife was laughing as I was in the breakfast nook with the box open and all of the parts laid out and staring at all the packages. Labeled perfectly to the point that the person that packed that particular envelope has their name included in it.
After getting everything unpacked and laid out I decided to photocopy the page with the smaller parts on it so I could layout each part by the actual item description on the page. It was a small thing but it helps when your looking for a specific screw. Now this kit is so small that it doesn’t make that big of a difference but ever little bit helps.
Couple of leanings that I will tell you up front that I will tell you are to read the manual fully first just to give you an idea of what the outside the kit items you will need to do before hand. For example – if you follow fully step by step you will go back several times to strip pain off the certain holes on the case. I learned this lesson the first time but if you read all the way through you will do this all at once. I gave my dermal a work out.
Side note if you don’t have a Dermal Tool I highly recommend one for this and many other projects.
There are several little stands that you should ensure that take time in getting in correctly with the right screw and washer combination. I would say the most tricky part of the whole build it putting in a spacer and holder screw that you will take out later after installing the external case. It’s not a hard processes but I would tell you to make sure to take the time to center this and make sure that when you press the IC requires the spacer you press it a little snug so when you remove the holder screw later in the process you don’t have to go back and reset the spacer.
Other small piece of advice is that there are some plastic screws that you have to put in to the front panel and you should have a sharp tipped Philips Head so you don’t strip these. The little gray caps that click on to the front panel are a non-event so just click and move on ☺
The last part is really just getting just getting the flat head and rounded head screws in the right place and if you can’t figure this part out you maybe should reconsider if your in the right hobby.
I haven’t had a chance to completely test the W2 Watt Meter in production but I will tell you that even though a very simple build it felt good to put something together since it’s been a while since I have actually built radio equipment.
My first experience with Elecraft was a success from the packaging to complete assembles. I mean even the manual was printed on good quality stock paper…. This is really making me crave the package with the K3!