On 2/9/2011 11:07 AM, Wayne Burdick wrote:
> Hi Chuck,
> This was recently reviewed by QST. Since I'm totally biased, I'll
> recuse myself from the discussion, but suffice to say there are major
> differences between this rig and a KX1 :)
Totally biased? Come on, Wayne! Way more differences than show in the
photos. I got a chance to fool with one briefly. What I noticed:
No continuously variable BW filter
No integral paddle
No log light [OK, I admit, not a big thing but I do use it]
The 40/30 "option" is really just another radio covering those two
bands. So 3 bands, 2 radios, $500. Somehow we're getting a little far
afield from a "trail radio," especially if I have to drag my Bencher along.
My 40-30-20 KX1, paddle, Li-Poly battery, and ear buds weighs 0.62 lbs
[9.92 oz, 281.23 g]. This is important in the Spartan Sprint and when
you're hiking to some summit [alright, I can't hike anymore but there
was a time when I did]. I wasn't impressed by the weight.
I wasn't impressed that it had a TT label but isn't made by them and
probably wasn't designed by them. They may discover that "this seemed
like a good idea at the time."
The tuning had a definite "step" feel to me. Possibly it was configured
for coarse tuning, but it was annoying. My hearing sucks and I really
like to put the signal into the only narrow "sweet spot" I have left.
It's annoying to have it jump from a little too low to a little too high.
I'll hang onto my KX1 with ATU which will put 3 watts into the window
screen, if I could find one that was conductive [they used to be]. I do
like the linear regulated wall wart, might buy one for when we're on a
road trip, or maybe Elecraft will offer one.
In my book, it's "nolo contendere."
- Northern California Contest Club
- CU in the 2011 Cal QSO Party 1-2 Oct 2011
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