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K3 3rd Edition Table of Contents

The Elecraft K3 and P3, 3rd Edition -- Incorporating the KXV3B and KIO3B


Chapter 1.         Purchasing Your Used K3

1.1        Introduction

1.2        Purchasing Your Used K3

1.3        K3 Roofing Filters

1.3.1     DSP Bandwidth and the Roofing Filter

1.3.2     Choosing your Filters

1.4        K3 Options

1.4.1     KANT3 Antenna Input Module

1.4.2     KAT3 100-W Antenna Tuner

1.4.3     KPA3 100-W Power Amplifier

1.4.4     KDVR3 Digital Voice Recorder

1.4.5     KRX3 Sub Receiver

1.4.6     KBPF3 General Coverage Receiver Filter

1.4.7     KXV3A Receive Antenna, Transverter Interface, and IF Tap

1.4.8     KTCXO3-1 High-Stability Temperature Compensated Crystal Oscillator

1.4.9     PR6 and PR6-10 External Six and 10 Meter Preamplifier

1.4.10   K3EXREF

1.4.11   P3 Panadapter

1.4.12   K144XV

1.4.13   KPA500 500 watt Amplifier

1.4.14   KAT500 Automatic Antenna Tuner

1.5        Should I upgrade my K3 with K3S Components?

1.5.1     KSYN3A

1.5.2     The KIO3B

1.5.3     The KXV3B

1.6        Key to Symbols and Text Style

1.7        More Information

Chapter 2.         K3 Set-Up, Configuration, and Calibration

2.1        Main and Configuration Menus

2.1.1     Per-Mode, Per-Band, etc.  Configuration

2.1.2     Programmable Function Keys

2.2        K3 Cabling and Set-Up

2.2.1     Connecting Your Computer to the K3 and P3

2.3        Configuring and Updating the K3 and P3 with the Utility Program

2.4        Firmware and Configuration Files

2.4.1     The K3 Utility Program

2.4.2     Saving the K3's Configuration

2.4.3     Restoring the K3 Configuration

2.4.4     Updating Firmware to the Latest Released Version

2.4.5     Updating Firmware to a Beta Version

2.4.6     Restoring an Older Version of the Firmware

2.4.7     Problems with Firmware Downloading

2.4.8     Keeping Firmware Update Records

2.5        Configuring the K3

2.5.1     Crystal Filter Setup

2.6        Calibrating the K3

2.7        Other K3 Set Up Items

2.7.1     Switch Feedback Tones

2.7.2     Setting the Time and Date

2.7.3     Visual and Audio Effects

2.7.4     Other Miscellaneous Configurations

2.8        Reset – When All Else Fails

Chapter 3.         K3 Operations

3.1        Power On and Off

3.2        Speakers, Headphones and Mics

3.3        Microphone Set Up

3.4        Band and Mode Selection

3.5        Antennas and Antenna Tuning

3.6        VFOs

3.7        RIT and XIT

3.8        Frequency and Mode Memories

3.9        Scanning

3.10      Filter and DSP Settings

3.11      Noise Blanking and Noise Reduction

3.12      All Mode Squelch

3.13      Operating Split

3.14      Audio Effects

Chapter 4.         CW

4.1        Getting Started

4.2        Configuring for CW

4.3        CW Break-In Operation

4.4        Dual Passband CW Filtering

4.5        Computer Operated CW

4.6        CW Text Decoding

4.7        CW Message Memories

Chapter 5.         SSB, AM, and FM

5.1        Getting Started

5.2        CW in SSB Mode

5.3        AM

5.4        FM

Chapter 6.         Digital Modes

6.1        Data Modes

6.2        Using the K3 Utility Program for CW and Digital Modes

6.2.1     CW

6.2.2     RTTY – FSK D

6.2.3     PSK

6.2.4     Transmitting CW, FSK D or PSK D

6.2.5     Tips for Decoding Data Mode Text

6.3        Using the Internal CW Keyer for CW-to-Data

6.4        FSK D, DATA A, and AFSK A Mode Computer Connections

6.5        FSK D RTTY

6.6        AFSK A RTTY

6.7        PSK

6.8        Troubleshooting Digital Modes

Chapter 7.         K3 Operating Hints and Kinks

7.1        Reducing Interference with Filtering

7.2        Notch Filter

7.3        Noise Rejection

7.3.1     Noise Blankers

7.3.2     DSP Noise Reduction

7.4        RF Level Controls – Preamplifier and Attenuator

7.4.1     The KXV3 Receive Antenna Interface

7.4.2     KXV3A

7.4.3     KXV3B

7.5        Digging Out that DX Station

7.5.1     First You Have to Find the DX

7.5.2     Operating Split with a K3 without a Sub Receiver

7.5.3     CW DXing – Zero Beating

7.5.4     DXing with the P3 Panadapter

7.6        Oops, Why is it doing That?

Chapter 8.         K3 Receiver

8.1        Receiver Block Diagram – the 10,000’ View

8.2        Automatic Gain Control – AGC

8.2.1     The K3's Hardware AGC (HAGC)

8.2.2     DSP AGC

8.2.3     Hints for Setting your AGC

8.3        Audio Effects – AFX

8.4        Receiver Audio Equalizing

8.5        VFO B Alternate Display

8.6        The K3 with the KAT3 ATU

8.7        The KRX3 Sub Receiver

8.7.1     Decisions, Decisions

8.7.2     Basic Operation of the Sub Receiver

8.7.3     The Sub Receiver Connected to the KAT3 ATU

8.7.4     The Sub Receiver Connected to the AUX RF BNC

8.8        Dual-Band Receive Operation

8.9        The KXV3A and KXV3B Receive Antenna and Transverter Interface

8.9.1     KXV3A/B Receive Antenna Interface, Normal Operation, Main  =  ANT 1

8.9.2     Using a Receive Antenna on the Main Receiver

8.10      The K3 with KRX3 and KXV3A or KXV3B

8.10.1   Normal Operation, Main = ANT1, Sub = ANT 2

8.10.2   Using a Receive Antenna on both Receivers

8.11      Diversity Reception

8.11.1   Diversity Antenna Selections

8.11.2   Sub Receiver Connected to the AUX RF BNC

8.11.3   Sub Receiver Connected to ATU

8.11.4   Operating Split in Diversity Mode

8.12      Spurious Signal or Birdie Removal

Chapter 9.         K3 Transmitter

9.1        Transmitter Block Diagram, the 10,000' View

9.2        Automatic Level Control – ALC

9.3        Transmit Antenna Selection

9.4        The KPA3A 100 Watt Power Amplifier

9.5        The KAT3/KAT3A Antenna Tuner Unit

9.5.1     Adjusting the ATU

9.6        Other Transmitter Configuration Menu Items

Chapter 10.       K3 Input/Output Interfaces

10.1      Introduction

10.2      The KIO3A

10.2.1   The KIO3A RS232 Serial Port

10.3      The KIO3B

10.3.1   KIO3B USB Interface

10.3.2   The KIO3B RS232 Interface

10.4      Configuring the USB and RS232 Serial Port Data Rates

10.4.1   Data Rate

10.4.2   RTS and DTR

10.4.3   RS232 Interfacing Problems

10.4.4   Extraneous Keying Signals

10.5      Connecting the K3 Utility Program to the K3

10.6      Setting up the K3 with a Logging Program

10.7      K3-to-Computer Cables

10.7.1   Data Mode Computer Cabling

10.8      Grounding to Reduce Digital Noise

10.9      How the KIO3B Works

10.10    The KIO3A/B Accessory I/O (ACC)

10.11    KIO3A/B Audio Input and Output

10.12    ERR IO3 not Responding

Chapter 11.       Special Operations

11.1      Remote Control, Programmable Function Keys and Macros

11.1.1   Programmable Function Keys for Menu Items

11.1.2   Programmable Function Keys with Macros

11.2      Digital Voice Recorder

11.2.1   DVR Configuration

11.2.2   Recording Messages

11.2.3   Recording Received Audio

11.2.4   DVR Message Memories and Programmable Function Keys

11.3      Using the PR6 and PR6-10 Six and Ten Meter Preamplifier

11.3.1   Connecting and Powering the PR6 Preamplifier

11.3.2   PR6 Operating Configurations

Chapter 12.       Using the KPA500 Amplifier and KAT500 Tuner

12.1      Basic KPA500 and KAT500 Band Switching

12.2      Enhanced KPA500 and KAT500 Band Switching

12.3      More Information

12.4      Using an Amplifier from another Manufacturer

Chapter 13.       Transverters

13.1      The KXV3A or KXV3B Transverter Interface

13.2      External Transverters

13.3      Setting Up the K3 for Transverter Operation

13.3.1   How it all Works

13.4      The K144XV Internal Two-Meter Transverter

Chapter 14.       The P3 Panadapter

14.1      Introduction

14.2      How it Works

14.3      P3 Options

14.4      K3 – P3 Cabling and Connections

14.5      Configuration and Calibration

14.6      The Basic Screen Layout

14.6.1   Fixed Spectrum – Tuned VFO (Fixed-Tune) Display Mode

14.6.2   Fixed VFO – Tuned Spectrum (Tracking) Mode

14.7      Front Panel Controls and Functions

14.7.1   DISPLAY/AVERAGE

14.7.2   REF LVL/SCALE

14.7.3   SPAN/CENTER

14.8      Cursors and Markers

14.8.1   CURSORS

14.8.2   MARKERS

14.9      Pulling Weak Signals out of the Noise

14.10    Menu Functions

14.10.1 Programmable Function Keys

14.11    KE7X’s Favorite Set Up

14.12    Why . . .?

14.13    P3 Utility Program

14.14    The P3 SVGA Display Option

14.14.1 SVGA Screen Display

14.14.2 SVGA Menu

14.14.3 SVGA Data Terminal Receiving

14.14.4 SVGA Data Terminal Transmitting

14.15    Transmit Monitor

14.15.1 TX Monitor Menu

14.15.2 TX Monitor Displays

14.15.3 TX Monitor Power Measurements

14.15.4 Example TX Monitor Waveforms

Appendix A.      Glossary and Definitions

Appendix B.      Microphones Used with the K3

Appendix C.      Safe Monaural Speaker Connections

Appendix D.     Main and Configuration Menus

Main Menu

Configuration Menu

Appendix E.      Firmware Update Records

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