The Elecraft KX2 will be announced this week (May, 2016)

Started by Sparks, May 18, 2016, 06:06:40 pm

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Quote from: gil on October 26, 2013, 11:09:55 pm
[K1 vs. KX1] If only they had a K1 with a DDS VFO and SWL! Or a surface-mount KX1 for even smaller size! Elecraft should combine the two radios and call it a KX2.

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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.

- KX2:  $749.00

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


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.

-- This week's Thursday, however, is not on May 16, but on May 19 (2016). A typo I guess?


Nothing here yet: -- Except this hint:

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While I was composing my posts on the Elecraft KX2, this new radio was mentioned elsewhere in the forum:

Quote from: Wayne on May 18, 2016, 05:59:31 pm
Hi Gil,

I took your post of a year ago as a challenge to be met :)  The result is pocket-sized: the Elecraft KX2. It's the size of the KX1, but covers 80-10 m, with SSB/CW/data modes, and has 10 watts output. Most of the same features as the KX3 at a much lower price. Current drain is about as low as physically possible with 32-bit DSP -- 135 mA minimum with the preamp and backlight off.

You can use it table-stop or hand-held, like an HT, with a whip. Has an internal wide-range ATU, internal 2.6 Ah Li-ion battery, built-in mic and speaker. Weighs 13 oz. less battery. 1.5 x 2.8 x 5.8".

Be happy to have you try one.



Thanks Sparks. The size is great. $749 is a bit stiff, only $150 less than a KX3, so I wonder why anyone would still buy a KX3.. I will say that voice modes were not necessary and would have better been left out to lower the price. I can't wait to learn more and would love to get my hands on one...