K3S Table of Contents

The Elecraft K3S and P3 – Getting the Most from Your High Performance Station

Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1.     ORDERING YOUR K3S 1

1.1        ORDERING YOUR NEW K3S     1

1.2        ORDERING YOUR K3S AND P3            13

1.3        KEY TO SYMBOLS AND TEXT STYLE   14

1.4        MORE INFORMATION   15

CHAPTER 2.     K3S SET-UP, CONFIGURATION, AND CALIBRATION      16

2.1        MAIN AND CONFIGURATION MENUS    16

2.2        K3S CABLING AND SET-UP      18

2.3        CONFIGURING AND UPDATING THE K3S AND P3 WITH THE UTILITY PROGRAM           20

2.4        FIRMWARE AND CONFIGURATION FILES         21

2.5        CONFIGURING THE K3S           27

2.6        CALIBRATING THE K3S 30

2.7        OTHER K3S SET UP     30

2.8        RESET – WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS          32

2.9        K3S MICROPHONE SET UP      33

CHAPTER 3.     K3S OPERATIONS        37

3.1        POWER ON AND OFF   37

3.2        SPEAKERS, HEADPHONES AND MICS            37

3.3        BAND AND MODE SELECTION 39

3.4        ANTENNAS AND ANTENNA TUNING      39

3.5        VFOS   39

3.6        RIT AND XIT      46

3.7        FREQUENCY AND MODE MEMORIES  47

3.8        SCANNING       49

3.9        FILTER AND DSP SETTINGS     50

3.10      NOISE BLANKING AND NOISE REDUCTION      53

3.11      ALL MODE SQUELCH   54

3.12      OPERATING SPLIT        56

3.13      AUDIO EFFECTS          57

CHAPTER 4.     CW       58

4.1        GETTING STARTED      58

4.2        CONFIGURING FOR CW            58

4.3        CW BREAK-IN OPERATION       64

4.4        ZERO BEATING THE STATION  65

4.5        DUAL PASSBAND CW FILTERING         66

4.6        COMPUTER OPERATED CW     69

4.7        CW TEXT DECODING   71

4.8        CW MESSAGE MEMORIES       71

CHAPTER 5.     SSB, AM AND FM         73

5.1        GETTING STARTED      73

5.2        CW IN SSB MODE        79

5.3        EXTENDED SINGLE SIDEBAND (ESSB)           80

5.4        AM       80

5.5        FM       81

CHAPTER 6.     DIGITAL MODES           83

6.1        DATA MODES  83

6.2        USING THE K3 UTILITY PROGRAM FOR CW AND DIGITAL MODES       84

6.3        USING THE INTERNAL CW KEYER FOR CW-TO-DATA   88

6.4        FSK D, DATA A, AND AFSK A MODE COMPUTER CONNECTIONS        88

6.5        FSK D RTTY     95

6.6        AFSK A RTTY   98

6.7        PSK     101

6.8        OTHER DIGITAL MODES           104

CHAPTER 7.     K3S OPERATING HINTS AND KINKS     105

7.1        REDUCING INTERFERENCE WITH FILTERING   105

7.2        NOTCH FILTER 109

7.3        NOISE REJECTION       110

7.4        DIGGING OUT THAT DX STATION          120

7.5        OOPS, WHY IS IT DOING THAT?           124

CHAPTER 8.     K3S RECEIVER            128

8.1        RECEIVER BLOCK DIAGRAM – THE 10,000’ VIEW         128

8.2        AUTOMATIC GAIN CONTROL – AGC      130

8.3        AUDIO EFFECTS – AFX            140

8.4        RECEIVER AUDIO EQUALIZING            140

8.5        VFO B ALTERNATE DISPLAY   141

8.6        THE K3S WITH THE KAT3A ATU            144

8.7        THE KRX3 SUB RECEIVER       145

8.8        DUAL-BAND RECEIVE OPERATION      159

8.9        THE KXV3B RECEIVE ANTENNA AND TRANSVERTER INTERFACE       161

8.10      THE K3S WITH KRX3 AND KXV3B         164

8.11      DIVERSITY RECEPTION            167

8.12      SPURIOUS SIGNAL OR BIRDIE REMOVAL        176

CHAPTER 9.     K3S TRANSMITTER       177

9.1        TRANSMITTER BLOCK DIAGRAM, THE 10,000' VIEW     177

9.2        AUTOMATIC LEVEL CONTROL – ALC    178

9.3        TRANSMIT ANTENNA SELECTION         179

9.4        THE KPA3A 100 WATT POWER AMPLIFIER       180

9.5        THE KAT3A ANTENNA TUNER UNIT       183

9.6        OTHER TRANSMITTER CONFIGURATION MENU ITEMS 186

CHAPTER 10.   THE KIO3B       187

10.1      INTRODUCTION            187

10.2      THE KIO3B RS232 AND USB INTERFACES        187

10.3      THE K3S ACCESSORY I/O (ACC)          199

10.4      AUDIO INPUT AND OUTPUT      208

CHAPTER 11.   SPECIAL OPERATIONS            212

11.1      REMOTE CONTROL, PROGRAMMABLE FUNCTION KEYS AND MACROS          212

11.2      DIGITAL VOICE RECORDER     217

11.3      HOW LOW CAN YOU GO?  THE LF – 2200 METER BAND          224

CHAPTER 12.   USING THE KPA500 AMPLIFIER AND THE KAT500 TUNER        226

12.1      BASIC KPA500 AND KAT500 BAND SWITCHING            226

12.2      ENHANCED KPA500 AND KAT500 BAND SWITCHING   227

12.3      MORE INFORMATION   229

12.4      USING AN AMPLIFIER FROM ANOTHER MANUFACTURER        229

CHAPTER 13.   TRANSVERTERS          233

13.1      THE KXV3B TRANSVERTER INTERFACE          234

13.2      EXTERNAL TRANSVERTERS    235

13.3      SETTING UP THE K3S FOR TRANSVERTER OPERATION          236

13.4      THE K144XV INTERNAL TWO-METER TRANSVERTER   240

CHAPTER 14.   THE P3 PANADAPTER  242

14.1      INTRODUCTION            242

14.2      P3 OPTIONS     243

14.3      K3S – P3 CABLING AND CONNECTIONS           243

14.4      CONFIGURATION AND CALIBRATION    245

14.5      THE BASIC SCREEN LAYOUT   246

14.6      FRONT PANEL CONTROLS AND FUNCTIONS    250

14.7      CURSORS AND MARKERS       257

14.8      PULLING WEAK SIGNALS OUT OF THE NOISE  259

14.9      MENU FUNCTIONS       261

14.10    KE7X’S FAVORITE SET UP       267

14.11    WHY . . .?         268

14.12    P3 UTILITY PROGRAM  269

14.13    THE P3 SVGA DISPLAY OPTION           269

14.14    TRANSMIT MONITOR    278

APPENDIX A.   GLOSSARY AND DEFINITIONS 286

APPENDIX B.   MICROPHONES USED WITH THE K3S  288

APPENDIX C.   SAFE MONAURAL SPEAKER CONNECTIONS   289

APPENDIX D.   MAIN AND CONFIGURATION MENUS    291

MAIN MENU      291

CONFIGURATION MENU           293

APPENDIX E.   FIRMWARE UPDATE RECORDS           307

 

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