Enjoy taking your rig out into the great outdoors? If so, the Side KX with cover from GemsProducts.com may be a good choice for you. My product arrived via USPS in just 3 days.
Not only does it enhance the look of the rig but it does actually provide some useful protection. With the addition of the Side KX and the snug fitting cover, the face and controls of the rig are virtually free of those first few raindrops, dust and dirt.
It’s one of those kits that take a few minutes to install. Of course it’s a good idea to follow the suggested anti-static procedure during installation. Take a minute to insure all ground points on the inside of the new side panels are clear of tape and paint. Mine arrived 100% clean.
Installation can be done without splitting the rig open but you may find it to be a hassle to get the mic connector back in place. Once it’s all together you will find the cover to be a snug fit but it is flexible and once you get the hang of it it is easy to install and remove.
A few years ago a small group of us built the homebrew buddistick system inspired by the W3FF Buddipole / Buddistick projects.
Rockwell WW1X has done an outstanding job constructing his versions of the W3FF homebrew projects.
Watch this video if you think you’d like to homebrew a set of inexpensive, great performing multiband antenna systems.
Constructing these homebrew antenna systems is a great project for yourself, group or club.
Go to the W3FF Buddipole / Buddistick site for the original homebrew construction details. Get Rockwell’s 6 meter beam construction details from here and his BALUN information from here.
After being told by a fellow QRP’er that 15 CW has been up recently, I managed to drag my KX3 out of its Pelican case this morning.
Its been awhile since it has seen the light of day. Didn’t see much point to powering it on since my main antenna has been down for some time and the amazing Par End Fedz that I jury rigged in the yard some time ago has been beat to hell by the lousy winter and the high winds here in the Northeast.
After being very surprised by the fact that the auto-tuner was able to tune without moaning and groaning, I thought what the hell.
I tuned down to 21.025 and started hearing Europe. What was even more of a surprise is that I was able to work stations @ 5 watts on the first attempt.
That doesn’t say much about my skills but it says a HELL OF A LOT about that Par End Fedz antenna.