KX3 Top Rig

There’s a seismic shutter going through the world-wide league of Ham Radio contesters with the announcement by Sherwood Engineering that the diminutive Elecraft KX3 is at the top of their receiver data list.

The Sherwood listing is especially vital to contesters who find themselves attempting to decipher a signal at the noise level with a kilowatt contester a few Hertz away. Most receiver’s front-ends give up the ghost and just pack it in under these circumstances.

Not the super compact and cheap at $999 (contest-quality rigs go up to $10,000 for a great rig and a good one is usually considered to cost around $3,000 and up).

So should you buy a KX3 for your next rig?

It depends on what you want to use it for. If you’re more interested in chatting on 80 meter phone, especially AM phone, you might want something else.

If you’ve got big hands or failing eye-sight you might want something bigger.

If the shack gets cold in the winter, tube rigs are still around.

But if you want amazing front-end performance then the KX3 might just be your next rig. It’s on my highly preferred rigs right now 🙂

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About Peter West

I am retired. I'm invested into bike riding, guitar playing, yoga and Ham Radio. I am a former photojournalist, newspaper and magazine editor and public relations practitioner with national, regional and local experience. A long-time member of Toastmasters International and an active Amateur Radio (Ham) operator here in Canada I am taking on new challenges.

2 thoughts on “KX3 Top Rig

  1. I have had the pleasure of taking a KX3 for a test drive out in the field and really liked the way it performed and especially the way the RCV section filtered out all the static and noise… On Transmit no one complained about a 10w ssb signal on 80m through a buddistick antenna.
    If my faithful 817 ever gives it up… The KX3 would be a great replacement…


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