New Rig

My new rig is an Elecraft K3 s/n 5005. I bought the 100W version with antenna tuner, voice keyer, 400 Hz and 2.8k Hz 8-pole filters, and the transverter interface. This is only the 3rd rig I’ve had since I was first licensed in 1999 and I’m very pleased with it. I assembled the radio myself which took a little over 8 hours.

Not long after I upgraded to General, I bought my first HF rig, a used ICOM IC-728. The radio had no CW filter but I made due until one day the radio just quit working. Next I bought a used IC-718 on ebay. This rig was a treat with DSP and a 500k CW/Data filter. Before long I began dreaming of a new rig with adjustable filters, advanced DSP, and better roofing filters. At the time, I was interested in the IC-756 Pro III but never saved enough money to buy one. After using the K3 in two Washington State QSO parties with N7PP and more than one contest at N7BV, I changed my mind and began dreaming of a K3. In 2009 I had the money saved up to buy a K3 but fate struck and the furnace went out in our house. The money I saved almost exactly paid for the furnace. This year, I was fortunate and bought my K3 without incident.

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