My eleven-year-old K1 SN 175 is still my favorite QRP rig,
including service as a backpack rig.
For anyone considering the purchase of a new K1, there is one
absolutely most-important decision to make: Order the LCD
backlight! Even better would be for Elecraft to raise the K1
price a little and make the backlight standard. Trust me...
you don't want to have to go through the backlight backfit
process after the K1 is built...no fun at all!
I waited years after the backlight was available, and I never
guessed how useful it is and how little additional power it
Second most important decision: Get the four-band board. It
has better RF filtering than the two-band board, plus twice
the bands, of course.
I hope to have a KX3 someday, but nothing would ever make me
get rid of my K1 except the eternal dirt nap. :-) [That would
make a great advertising quote from a "satisfied customer".]
"You can take my K1 when you pry it from my cold, dead fingers"!
Rick Dettinger K7MW
> I hope to have a KX3 someday, but nothing would ever make me
> get rid of my K1 except the eternal dirt nap. :-) [That would
> make a great advertising quote from a "satisfied customer".]
> Mike / KK5F
My XYL has been instructed to place my K1 in the box with me.
Some time back, I made a video comparing the same signal from the same
antenna as heard on all four of my Elecraft products. It was just a
casual video. Nothing technical. I've gotten a surprising number of
hits. It's a nine minute video but you only need to view the first 1:13
to appreciate the K1's competitive spirit.