The K3 will no doubt be a nice radio, although at best, it will equal the
Orions in performance. That according to Eric Swartz, co-owner of Elecraft
in a demo he gave at our local club last month. He proudly listed all of
the K3 factory-measured specs on his Power Point presentation, and almost
every sentence ended with "...it's right up there with the Orions". Most
all of the critical numbers were within +- 2 dB of the Orion II, a fact that
Swartz freely acknowledged. Fully loaded, the price is similar.
Certainly there will be many nice added features, but there may be a few
some folks will miss. The K3 is a small, light radio, great for travel, but
as many have pointed out, more challenging for "big-fingered" ops whose eye
glasses (like mine) keep getting thicker each year!
For those who were wondering, the KPA-800 and KPA-1500 amplifiers have not
been forgotten. Eric says they will re-visit them when the K3 is finished
----- Original Message -----
From: "Al Baker" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "Discussion of Ten-Tec Equipment" <email@example.com>
Sent: Wednesday, December 12, 2007 2:29 PM
Subject: Re: [TenTec] Orion Repaired and Back to V1.373b5
> It is sure nice to see some traffic on the reflector...I thought the K3
> had stolen all the attention.
> Unfortunately, the thread about firmware has started again despite Scott's
> earlier post that there would be no new Orion or Orion II firmware
> forthcoming until TenTec finished, at some time in 2008, the RX4XX project
> that had been overdue.
> I think many users of the Orion and Orion II have already moved to the K-3
> since the Elecraft folks seem to be able to fix software bugs as they ramp
> up output of K-3 production.
> I still have my Orion and Orion II but have K-3s on order and will
> probably move to K-3s as primary radios. I am glad to have both while
> awaiting K-3 delivery. Notwithstanding the remaining bugs, the Orion and
> Orion II do work the dx I hear. <g>
> Happy Holidays all de Al, W5IZ
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