I was seriously considering the Elecraft KX2 when I noticed that this rig is now on sale for $975 after mail in rebate. This has to be the best value going in Ham Radio. In fact, the IC-7610 that I sold pays for this rig plus the Collins 75A-4, which is pretty amazing, actually.
I have a friend who has both the IC-7610 and the IC-7300, and he said for casual everyday use – the 7300 is more than enough radio. He also agrees with me that the IC-7610 is more like the K3 as far as capabilities go and that the 7300 is just too good of a deal over the KX2 or KX3 (because I only ever use the rig at home and don’t activate SOTA peaks or other operating from a battery or portable).
I would say that the 7610 and the K3 are “DXCC Stations” and the 7300 is a good general purpose ham radio – certainly good enough for DXCC, but where someone who gets to 300 would want the 7610 at that point – especially if they were to try for DXCC on the low bands – just because of the extra antenna port, second receiver and RX antenna input. These are exactly the features I no longer need – and will never need again.
I nixed the solar power charged station, but I do have the most excellent Norcal40A for times when I might bring a small battery operated rig on vacation – like the next time we rent a house in Bend or somewhere else.
I will still go to my neighbors house to work Bouvet and Glorioso – because I simply can’t afford to miss them as I missed FT5GA – 10 years (ago almost to the day). I never heard them once – and band conditions are as bad as they were back then.