The Elecraft KX-3 Sounds Better than the K3

To my ears, the Elecraft KX-3 sounds much better than the K3 I’ve noticed this in the past, but now that I have gone through another “cycle” of having a K3 and KX-3 in the shack, the KX-3 is way more “comfortable” to listen to than the K3. The receiver just seems quieter. Is it just me?

The Best Receive Antenna System I’ve Ever Had

The KY6R Big Mag Loops – Two Phased 24′ Circumference up 3′ off the ground Up until recently, the best RX antenna system I have ever had was two Wellbrook ALA1530LNP’s phased through the fabulous DX Engineering NCC-2. That has changed, and changed dramatically. The KY6R Big Mag Loops greatly exceeds the performance. A classic Cardioid pattern that holds its shape from the AM…

How to Make Your KX-3 Sing!

I thought panadapters were a waste of time until now (click on the image) I have owned Elecraft P3 and PX3 panadapters and also have played with an SDRPlay as a panadapter, and have never used one to make a QSO – because I am so good at making split pileup QSO’s “by ear”. I am just much faster doing it the “old school”…

Panadapter Data Visualization . . .

Win4k3Suite Panadapter with DX Spots on the Waterfall . . . Just when you thought you have seen everything – then there is THIS. DX spots on the waterfall – WOW – finally, a ham radio software designer who isn’t using 1980’s Visual Basic neanderthal UX/UI design, but someone who might even know who has heard of Edward Tufte. My hand at trying to…

Win4K3Suite and the ASUS Xonar U7 MKII

The ASUS Xonar U7 MKII turns my laptop into the best panadapter I have ever had . . .  I stumbled on the Win4K3Suite online, and found that with an $80 dollar ASUS external soundcard, I could have the best panadapter possible with the KX-3. I happen to have an ASUSPro laptop – and its the best $500 I have ever spent on a…