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New Elecraft KX2 Pocket HF Transceiver announced

Discussion in 'Ham Equipment' started by Moleculo, May 18, 2016.

  1. Moleculo

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    Today Elecraft announced via SouthgateARC the new KX2 Pocket HF Transceiver. These are rumored to be showcased for preview at this year's Dayton Hamvention.

    Here is a copy of the Press Release from Elecraft:

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    Here is the text of the release from Southgate ARC
    New KX2 radio to be announced this Thursday at the Dayton Hamvention 2016
    Hello to all,

    We are please to announce a new radio to complement the KX3 and the KX-Line. Here are the details.

    What: Elecraft announces the KX2, Ultra-portable radio
    When: Thursday, May 16th, 1300Z
    Where: Four Days In May QRP event, part of the Dayton Hamfest activities

    Elecraft is excited to announce a new radio targeting the Ultra-portable market with a Fit-In-Your-Pocket size. Please see the attached brochure for details.

    Pricing
    - KX2: $749.00

    - Options and accessories: Please see the table below for pricing. Also see the FAQ for details.

    Ordering/Availability

    Distributors are encouraged to order both the KX2 and accessories now. The KX2 is already in production and early ordering will ensure your position for deliveries.

    Note that the KX2 will be available in full, factory-built form only. There will be 2 internally-installed options available immediately. See the FAQ for more details.

    Marketing Collateral Available

    You will find a new section in the Elecraft Egnyte repository that contains:

    - The attached brochure in editable form for you to translate and convert to local printing formats.
    - A KX2 Date Sheet
    - A KX2 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) in editable form
    - Hi Resolution images for use with your marketing and web site content

    Special Note on the new KX2 Battery and Charger system

    - Elecraft will be stocking the KXBT2 (Li-ion Battery) and the KXBC2 (Li-ion Charger) for your to order.
    - We have also arranged for you to purchase both items directly from our supplier, Tenergy (www.tenergy.com)
    - Please see the attached document, KX2 Battery info v1.0, with the details.

    Along with many of the Elecraft team, I'll be in Dayton to launch the KX2 but will be able to answer questions as needed.

    Again, we are excited to offer you increased business opportunities with the KX2 launch!

    Cheers,

    David

    Option

    Description

    Price (US $)

    MH3 Mic

    The MH3 microphone includes a high-quality element, space-saving right-angle plug, PTT switch, and VFO UP/DN function buttons.

    $59.95

    KXPD2 Keyer Paddle

    The KXPD2 is a very compact mechanical keyer paddle that attaches directly to the front of KX2 (or KX3). This eliminates the need for a heavy keyer base. It includes a slot in which to store the contact-adjustment wrench.

    $109.95

    CS40 and CS60 Padded Cases

    These padded cases will protect your KX2 and accessories during transport. The CS40 is just right for carrying the KX2, a wire antenna, earbuds, log sheet, keyer paddle (e.g. KXPD2), and other small items. The larger CS60 can also accommodate an MH3 microphone and larger antennas or accessories.

    CS40 $29.95



    CS60 $39.95

    KXIO2 RTC & Aux. Outputs

    The KXIO2 option provides a real-time clock and two user-programmable outputs (AUX jack). The time can be displayed in the KX2’s VFO B area and the TIME menu entry). Time accuracy can be fined-tuned to about +/- 2 seconds per day using the RTC ADJ menu entry. The two AUX outputs can be used for controlling per-band external equipment such as an antenna switch or transverter (see the AUX 1 and AUX 2 menu entries).

    $69.95

    KXAT2 Internal ATU (Antenna Tuner)

    With a KXAT2 automatic antenna tuner (ATU) installed, you can use non-resonant and narrow-band antennas. Such antennas are very convenient for field operation. An ATU can improve transmit power transfer and receive sensitivity.

    $179.95

    KXPA100 Integrated

    100-W Amplifier

    The KXPA100 is a rugged 100-W, 160-6 m amp that can be used with the KX2, KX3, or any other QRP transceiver. An internal 100-W ATU is also available for the amp (KXAT100). The KX2 can remotely tune the 100-W ATU and control its antenna switch ( MENU:ANT.X SW). A KX2 Accessory Cable (KX2ACBL) is required to split the KX2’s ACC jack into two jacks: KEY OUT (2.5 mm) and serial I/O (3.5 mm).



    · KX2ACBL $9.95

    KXBT2 Internal Li-Ion Battery Pack

    The KXBT2 battery pack weighs about 4.8 oz, and can provide up to 8 hours of typical transceiver operation and up to 10 W power output. You can plug in an internal battery and an external supply at the same time, and the radio will operate from whichever is higher in voltage.

    $59.95

    KXBC2

    Battery Charger

    This charger is designed specifically for use with our KXBT2 Li-ion battery pack. It can safely charge the KXBT2 in 1 to 3 hours. Note: To charge the battery, you must first remove it as described in the KX2 owner’s manual. It cannot be charged while inside the radio. The power jack on the left side panel is isolated from the internal power jack, and cannot supply power to the battery.

    $24.95

    KX2GNDPLUG

    A mini-banana plug intended to facilitate ease of grounding on the KX2.

    $6.95

    KX2ACBL

    Used to break out the computer control and key out

    signals separately. These can then be connected to an Elecraft KXPA100 amplifier via its adapter cable.

    $9.96
     
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    Now, this has my attention as a possible mobile rig.
     
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    Here are a few more preliminary brochures that show the differences between the KX2 and KX3. This really helps explain the new product offering, IMO.

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    Oh boy, me want.
    Edit, dang those "extras" gets expensive for an Canadian. :(
     
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    Ordered with XYL's permission. She likes the pictures and wants to operate it as well. She is a ham as well(Basic with Honours).
     
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    I got it. First impressions, holy molly is it tiny and light. I plan to power it up tomorrow on my day off and get on the air.
     
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    Lucky dog. Report please.
     
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