Last night, I saw K6JSS/KL7 on QRPSPOTS at 24.906 MHZ. I ran down the basement and heard Jim AL7FS in conversation with a Japanese station. Jim was a realistic 329, maybe 429 at peaks and the JA station had a lot of polar flutter on his signal. It was great to hear not only Jim, but also the JA stations he was working. It makes me think that there maybe hope that I will be able to get K6JSS/KL7 in the log this week.
I see that Wayne NK6R mentioned that orders for the KX3 MIGHT be taken in November or December; however no delivery time was mentioned and I doubt it will be immediately. I have come to the conclusion that I will not be in that initial round of folks putting in orders. It's going to take me quite a while to save and sell off items (i.e "fund raise") in order to have enough money to make this purchase. I really, really want one; but "common sense" keeps kicking in. You know, the angel on one shoulder and the devil on the other. I have a K1 and a K2 and a PFR3A. Just how many radios do I need, anyway? Realistically, the K1 and PFR3A are my portables and I can only use one at a time as it is. And yes, I know I can sell them and put the cash towards the KX3; but I still have MAJOR regrets on having sold my HW8 so many years ago. I have a real hard time parting with gear that I built myself.
Having a full time job (Thank the Lord!) and a wife and two young kids plus a house, my portable operations time is severely limited as it is. To purchase a KX3 so that I could use it a handful of times a year out on the trail - does that even make sense? Does it need to make sense? Also, as much as I would like a K3, my life is fine without one. There are Hams out there with a lot less, who would kill for what I already have. Maybe I just need to grow up, be happy with what I have and not even think about it..
It doesn't help to keep looking at that picture up top!
72 de Larry W2LJ
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