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Old 07-08-2011, 07:00 PM
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The new Elecraft KX3 is almost an HT. It certainly can be used handheld.

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Tough to be Q-5 on no watts.

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Tough to be Q-5 on no watts.
LMAO!! I AGREE!!
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Back in the '90's Tokyo High Power made an HT that worked on 6,15, and 40m in SSB and CW modes. It ran 3 watts on HF and 2 watts on 6m. Very few were made but they were and still are highly sought after.

RigPix Database - Tokyo Hy-power - HT-750
thats an odd radio, 6m, 15 and 40. Kinda skips a few bands, I wonder why?
Does japan not have 10m and WARC bands? I had no idea they had tokyo radios that put out more than half a watt and didnt run off rocks.

Honestly, I think the 817 can fill the niche of most any HT. Never actually seen one but pretty sure it could fit in one hand, the antenna can attach to the top/front, it takes batteries.
To be an HT,all it needs is a PTT button and built in mic.

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Made in the past; why not now? Maybe because they didn't work well and nobody bought them.

How hard to shrink an 817 to the size of an HT and keep the capabilities? Let's see: 160 + HF + WARC + 6M + 2M + 70cm, AM/FM/CW/SSB, same power levels...

Tell you what: think about it. If it sounds like it should be possible, then build it!

I'm sitting here looking at my Android phone and as I am I'm thinking that there's really no reason that we don't have incredible full-featured multimode handheld radios other than supply and demand. 2011 technology would easily permit a full-featured software-defined QRP radio in a package just like my phone here, maybe a tiny bit bigger.. with an SMA connector. It's 100% possible.. My phone has a dual-core processor with PLENTY of memory in it.. so computing power is no problem. The RF parts, being QRP can be found in extremely tiny packages, and smartphones are already set up for RF from the get go. You won't be seeing 2011 technology applied to a niche market like us radio enthusiasts any time soon though. Supply and demand.

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right now, this is about as close as you can get, compare how small the transceiver is compared to the guys hand, and in the other picture, compared to the Microphone.
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The KX3's current drain is low enough that it can function well with
an extremely light battery pack (8 AA cells, internally, or your
choice of external batteries). We went with AA cells because of their
flexibility and ubiquity. You can always borrow some from other
electronic devices in a pinch. You can power the radio for 5-10 hours
of typical transceive operation or 16 hours receive-only from a set of
nonrechargeable lithium camera batteries. Or you can use NiMH, with
the internal charger keeping them ready to go.
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Note that the KX3 will have an effective SSB
clipper/compressor/processor to give an average of at least 6 dB of
"talk power" without significant impairment of the speech quality,
making 10W seem like 25 or more to the receiving station.
And the little thing that looks like some kind of bracket on the bottom???
That is the paddles for CW.( Option)

(See video in next post)


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The ELECRAFT KX3 nice looking little radio. I see its supposed to come out during the 4th quarter of this year. I haven't seen any price information on it however. Any ideas what the price ranges will be?
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