Elecraft K3 Build Continuing – Reflection Point
Ironically – Building the Elecraft K3 has let me to reflect. This K3 project is special to me and has drawn some interesting questions. I have been asked by several people including friends and coworkers and some outside my family what I did on my vacation days and when I tried to explain that I was working on building a Ham Radio – Elecraft K3 which I knew they would have no idea about the brand but I always take shot at it.
The reaction has been staggering – so you are building something that is taking days if not weeks to do that you could have purchased all put together and ready to use by someone else. On top of that you are setting up camera and blogging about it. What a waste of time seems to be the consensus.
The joy of building something – anything it doesn’t have to be a Heathkit, Elecraft or even a Lego set (which I enjoy building as well) is a primal instinct for me. I like to create, build, see a result and when I’m able to use this radio on the air knowing that I had large part in the assembling is going to make me even more proud to use it.
I am capturing this memory for me, writing about it for me and I want to share with others so maybe they will consider building something whether it is this radio or not to enhance their life. Setting up a camera, editing footage, blogging and building all takes time certainly and I know over 7000 (by my serial number) have built an Elecraft K3 before me. Maybe they have done this – maybe not – maybe they will enjoy looking back at someone else’s experience. Maybe no one will watch or read…. That’s entirely possible as well… But the project is mine ☺ I will still have the memory.
Life is short and sometimes you have to savor experiences – let them burn a memory for you that you will have for a long time. This is one for me… I know I could have bought this radio built, I know I could put it all together in a day very quickly (possibility ☺) and I know some will never understand…
It reminded me of a Hockey reference from the show West Wing (now I love hockey so I don’t fully agree but I think it will help you see my point about savoring. Go Hartford Whalers☺)
In this day and age of instant gratification and reality shows that I question how real they are. This is my reality show (for now ☺). The only difference is mine is real and I am enjoying mine. I hope people understand a little better as to why I am doing this and they should consider it too (maybe not a ham radio but something in their life). I blog and capture my BBQ cooking as well as many others do – creating food a result that makes me feel great. It takes me 5 hours too cook ribs the way I want them while some would rather go to a restaurant and get them. The pride I have when someone bites into my ribs and I see that smile is worth every second it took.
At this point I am going to leave it here… I hope it makes better sense to some that have asked…
I have my next video ready – but I am going to wait a day to post it only because I wanted to respond to the curiosity around building this K3.