|Subject:||Re: [CQ-Contest] Lost leading 'dit' - summary|
|Date:||Sun, 07 Mar 2004 03:47:22 +0000|
W4ZV replied to VR2BG:|
The Elecraft community is not interested in the least in what is needed by the
I know for a fact (via some direct communications with Elecraft's owners) that they are very interested in a contester/DXer friendly implementation of the K2. Remember that the K2 evolved as a portable QRP radio, and has only recently gotten the attention of contesters and DX'ers because of its excellent receiver performance and because the 100W version recently became available.
Sadly, CW PTT - something that looks to be something that more would benefit from than the other (way to clear RIT in transmit) - met with an even more hostile reaction from the community & appears to be something that the company has no interest in looking at, or has been put off for another day.
Elecraft is definitely interested in a version of the K2 aimed at the mainstream market of contesters and DXers. IMHO, there are relatively few changes needed to make the K2+ into a superb product. On my list are:
2. Offer optional 8-pole filters in addition to the current programmable filter. The K2's IMD performance is already exceptional, but it falls apart rather badly for signal spacings under 5 kHz, and how many contests do you recall with signals spaced 5 kHz apart? Simply adding an 8-pole 500 Hz filter would probablly put the K2 into Orion-class performance, and possibly even exceed it at 1 kHz spacings.
What I pray is that Elecraft not get carried away with "whistles and bells" which would add unnecessary cost and little value to the current product...no dual-RX, no spectrum scopes, no general coverage, no FM...yada, yada yada. If Elecraft could deliver an assembled product in the $1500-2000 range (most of which could be done by subcontracting), I believe they could absolutely dominate the mainstream contester/DXer market. With two K2+'s, a SO2R contester would have an outstanding station for about what one Orion costs. For reasons I do not understand, Ten-Tec says they are not interested in pursuing this market, although it could easily be done by downscaling Orion (strip out dual-RX, spectrum scope, FM, etc). Of course Ten-Tec also said they would never do CW PTT, but customers and markets (a.k.a. $$$) have apparently caused them to rethink their stance about CW PTT. ;-)) Having faced issues like this myself when I was in business, I can tell you it will be far easier for Elecraft to upscale the K2 than it will for Ten-Tec to downscale Orion. Time will tell.
I also know that there are some excellent contesters local to Elecraft that are providing input into a next generation K2+. If Elecraft listens carefully, and I have no reason to believe they won't, I suspect we'll see an outstanding product from them in the future.
RIT clear, CW PTT & filter selection - I'm kicking myself for not having brought
all three up at same time as there may have been a chance... the K2 looks
to have reached a plateau & I wouldn't be surprised that the firmware release
cycle will only get longer as a result.
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