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Re: [CQ-Contest] KPA-1500

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Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] KPA-1500
From: Charles Harpole <hs0zcw@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Aug 2017 09:39:46 +0700
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When did "small" become "better" ???
I look at my human anatomy...... I have big ole man sized hands and the
ends of my fingers require large buttons, hands need big knobs, old eyes
need large print on front panel.  Maybe Don-sized hands will work better
with toy-sized radios.  Pushing my rig's buttons does not send the radio
off the back of the table.  My Heil Pro set  is HUGE, footsw fits my size
12s....I change little phone plugs to 1/4 in. and DIN and "power poles" to
Cinch Jones.  SWR meter is 3in. tall.  P3 output is to a big monitor.

I enjoy lots of controls and 2 shelves above my radio desk, all filled with
full sized everything*.  I am spoiled with a whole room for a shack, 6
separate coaxes for 6 separate antennas, an automatic 2K amplifier that
will take all at once, and not SO2R because I do not like making other hams
wait on me.

I cant think of anything 'ham' I have that was made smaller and better for
Thats that.
73, Charly

I remember when cars could sit 3 in front and had a huge trunk, too, and a
TR-3 easily under the dash.  Yes,*K3 is a pain, so I go to FT-9000d and
IC-7800 and 75S-3b and smile.

On Tue, Aug 29, 2017 at 1:43 AM, Jim Brown <k9yc@audiosystemsgroup.com>

> Some key component of Elecraft's design philosophy have always included
> compact size, light weight, minimum current draw, menus that only are
> needed for setup and configuration, not while operating, configurability,
> and high performance. Setting up my operating desk got a LOT easier and
> less cluttered when I replaced "big boat" FT1000MPs with a pair of K3s. And
> the fact that the P3 spectrum display is compact and outboard makes it easy
> to place it above or alongside the radio, allowing more space-efficient
> (and user friendly) setup of the operating desk. And the KAT500 tuner is
> sized and designed so that it can live either on top of or underneath the
> KPA500, or separate from it.
> Likewise, the YCCC SO2R box helped a lot with getting "stuff" off the desk.
> 73, Jim K9YC
> On 8/28/2017 8:44 AM, Ria Jairam wrote:
>> I get the impression that the separate power supply in the KPA1500 was
>> a means of getting the amp to line up with the rest of the "K-Line."
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