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Comments from First Edition Readers

Here are a few comments from readers:

"It's quite a work on the K3!  EXCELLENT JOB.  I call it my K3 'Rosetta Stone'.  Thanks and 73 de N1LQ-Dave"

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"Your book is a goldmine!!  Easy to read and understand and the quality of the spiral and covers is super.  It’s a “must have” for every K3 owner or prospective owner, and well worth the price.  Terry, W0FM"

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"Received the manual today.  Absolutely beautiful and well done.  So happy I didn't do the download. Thank you Fred for the professional work and contribution. Phil, W9DVM"

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"Fred has done an outstanding job of explaining many of the intricacies of the K3 that have puzzled me.  Block diagrams and step by step instructions on just about every facet of operation are really helpful.  Fred’s guide doesn’t replace the K3 manual by any means but it sure  has helped me determine if I have my K3 set up properly for what I am trying to accomplish. Todd, WA7U"

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"I've been reading some areas of interest; filtering, AGC & especially 5.7 - Receiver Audio Equalizing.  I made the RX EQ adjustments as shown in the 5-16 illustration.  All I can say is WOW, what a world of difference and I already got my monies worth!!! Jim, KE8G"

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"KE7X new book is a spectacular addition to K3 documentation. I own K3 S/N 0799. I've followed this list, read and reread the manual, spent many hours with the K3. Fred's explanations of some of the more difficult to understand K3 features are lucid. He uses figures, images text and exercises in a combination that gets the ideas across. Even experienced owners should prepare for many "aha moments" as they work their way through this remarkable book. Thanks to you Fred for writing the book I needed to lift my K3 operating to the next level. Not related to KE7X in any way - just very grateful for this chance to get more from my K3. Larry K4KGG"

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"I received my manual today.  It is an impressive reference manual that goes beyond the K3 Owner's Manual.  It is 8 1/2 X 11 X 3/4" with 280 pages.  It is spiral bound, and the glossy cover reminds me of the cover of a Collins manual.  There are plenty of pics and illustrations.  I believe I am going to enjoy reading this cover to cover.  Thanks Fred for making this excellent manual  available to us.  Roy Morris  W4WFB"

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"Today I received a spiral bound copy of Fred Cady's (KE7X) "The Elecraft K3 Design, Configuration and Operation".   This is a 280 A4 page book describing much of what anyone might like to know about the K3, P3 and their accessories.  Written by a retired Montana State University professor of EE in a thorough manner using many diagrams, photos, block diagrams and schematics to illustrate his points it should prove a useful aid to many of us.   To me it is an easier read than the K3 manual but then Fred had the manual before starting his book.  There are exercises and question in the book to help in learning, the unmistakable signs of a good text book writer.  You do not need to be macho about this, many of us have some learning to do as regards our K3, I am a MSEE and retired EE lecturer and have much to learn about my two K3s.  Indeed, Fred started writing this book in an effort to teach himself how to use our beautiful little radio.

I have long been bothered in not having the more valuable operating tips that appear on this forum easily accessible and while Fred's book does not answer my problem, it sure seems helpful in this regard.

The book is thorough, even covering the configuration of the K3 when initially purchased and would be useful for anyone prior to ordering their K3!  You would then have it to configure your K3 and when the K3 arrived there would be a great set of tutorials on how to best make use
of the radio.   The index is usually a difficulty for most writers but KE7X has done well for us in this regard.

The book is independent in outlook and critical of the K3 in some regards, the AGC and its handling of multiple signals in the pass band being an example.   This problem has recently been addressed on the forum but it is interesting to see a professor critically questioning. I do not find this issue covered adequately in the K3 manual though this is probably too much to expect. Doug, EI2CN"

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