I guess all hams remember their first radio. I'm lucky my first radio happens to be the Elecraft KX3.
As I began my journey into ham radio I was looking for a good all purpose multi-band radio. It had to be light weight, easy to use, and a good all in one package.
I believe that the KX3 is all that and a bag of chips. Its light weight under 1.5 pounds, covers the 160-60 bands, and has a low current drain to save on the batteries.
My KX3 has the KXFL3
Roofing Dual Bandwidth Filter, the KXAT3
Internal, Wide-Range 20-W Automatic Antenna Tuner, and the KXBC3
NiMH Charger. I ordered my KX3 as a Christmas present. In January my KX3 serial number 3136 arrived in the mail.
I ordered the kit version and learned a great deal about the interior of the radio as I assembled it. Having built computers the assembly was straight forward and completed in an afternoon. I was excited to get on the air, but I couldn't. One thing was standing in my way. My Technician license. So I started out just listening and trying to learn as much as I could. I studied for the exam and in no time I had my ticket.
Having activated three summits so far I am starting to realize what gear I need to be effective. I have been using a Buddipole with great success. I am also working on a light weight wire antenna to lighten up the rucksack a bit.
I am still learning how to get the most out of my KX3 and I plan on sharing what I learn with all of you. So thanks for reading and stay tuned.
73's and keep climbing!