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Will the K3s continue to be sold? The Japanese manufacturers sell
several radios at different price points with different specifications.
Would it be able and profitable for Elecraft to keep the K3s in production?

...robert
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Re: K3s availability

Scott Manthe-2
The Japanese manufacturers are far larger than Elecraft. In any case,
similarly configured, the K4 is supposed to be less expensive than the K3S.

73,
Scott N9AA


On 6/19/19 8:11 PM, Robert G Strickland via Elecraft wrote:
> Will the K3s continue to be sold? The Japanese manufacturers sell
> several radios at different price points with different
> specifications. Would it be able and profitable for Elecraft to keep
> the K3s in production?
>
> ...robert


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Re: K3s availability

Jim Brown-10
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On 6/19/2019 5:11 PM, Robert G Strickland via Elecraft wrote:
> Will the K3s continue to be sold?

YES! The K2, for example, is still being sold. The only radios that they
have discontinued are ones for which they could no longer buy parts, and
the original K3, which was replaced by the K3S. And K3 can be upgraded
to a K3S by replacing modules that the owner chooses to upgrade. I
upgraded the two K3s I bought in 2008 as kits by replacing the synth
boards and the XVTR boards.

73, Jim K9YC

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john@kk9a.com
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I asked the same question on May 16 and I got no official response. I hope
that the K3S remains in their product line, it is perfect for my needs.

John KK9A


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Will the K3s continue to be sold? The Japanese manufacturers sell
several radios at different price points with different specifications.
Would it be able and profitable for Elecraft to keep the K3s in production?

...robert
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rcrgs at verizon.net.usa
Syracuse, New York, USA

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On 6/19/2019 7:33 PM, [hidden email] wrote:
> I asked the same question on May 16 and I got no official response. I hope
> that the K3S remains in their product line, it is perfect for my needs.

My response in this thread is paraphrasing a post from Wayne several
weeks ago.

73, Jim

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Re: K3s availability

Eric Swartz - WA6HHQ, Elecraft
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Our current plan is to keep the K3S in the product line as long as demand is sufficient to economically produce it. We are certainly still shipping new K3S orders weekly and have sufficient parts inventory to keep manufacturing them at this time. We also are still strongly supporting existing K3 and K3S owners.

73,
Eric
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> On Jun 20, 2019, at 4:33 AM, <[hidden email]> <[hidden email]> wrote:
>
> I asked the same question on May 16 and I got no official response. I hope
> that the K3S remains in their product line, it is perfect for my needs.
>
> John KK9A
>
>
> Robert KE2NY wrote:
>
>
> Will the K3s continue to be sold? The Japanese manufacturers sell
> several radios at different price points with different specifications.
> Would it be able and profitable for Elecraft to keep the K3s in production?
>
> ...robert
> --
> Robert G Strickland, PhD ABPH - KE2WY
> rcrgs at verizon.net.usa
> Syracuse, New York, USA
>
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Re: K3s availability

hbjr
Thanks Eric!!!

I had also asked on several occasions with no response.

I plan to order some upgrades after Huntsville.

> On Jun 20, 2019, at 3:12 AM, Eric Swartz - WA6HHQ, Elecraft <[hidden email]> wrote:
>
> Our current plan is to keep the K3S in the product line as long as demand is sufficient to economically produce it. We are certainly still shipping new K3S orders weekly and have sufficient parts inventory to keep manufacturing them at this time. We also are still strongly supporting existing K3 and K3S owners.
>
> 73,
> Eric
> Waking up in Friedrichshafen after 24 hrs of travel and getting over my jet lag.
> elecraft.com
> _..._
>
>
>
>> On Jun 20, 2019, at 4:33 AM, <[hidden email]> <[hidden email]> wrote:
>>
>> I asked the same question on May 16 and I got no official response. I hope
>> that the K3S remains in their product line, it is perfect for my needs.
>>
>> John KK9A
>>
>>
>> Robert KE2NY wrote:
>>
>>
>> Will the K3s continue to be sold? The Japanese manufacturers sell
>> several radios at different price points with different specifications.
>> Would it be able and profitable for Elecraft to keep the K3s in production?
>>
>> ...robert
>> --
>> Robert G Strickland, PhD ABPH - KE2WY
>> rcrgs at verizon.net.usa
>> Syracuse, New York, USA
>>
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Re: K3s availability

john@kk9a.com
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Thanks Eric.  I suspected this, especially the continued support. Elecraft
has done an excellent job of not obsoleting older radios. I own three K3Ss
and it's comforting to hear the official word.

73,
John KK9A/4

Sent via the Samsung Galaxy 7 edge, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone.


On Thu, Jun 20, 2019 at 3:12 AM Eric Swartz - WA6HHQ, Elecraft <
[hidden email]> wrote:

> Our current plan is to keep the K3S in the product line as long as demand
> is sufficient to economically produce it. We are certainly still shipping
> new K3S orders weekly and have sufficient parts inventory to keep
> manufacturing them at this time. We also are still strongly supporting
> existing K3 and K3S owners.
>
> 73,
> Eric
> Waking up in Friedrichshafen after 24 hrs of travel and getting over my
> jet lag.
> elecraft.com
> _..._
>
>
>
> > On Jun 20, 2019, at 4:33 AM, <[hidden email]> <[hidden email]> wrote:
> >
> > I asked the same question on May 16 and I got no official response. I
> hope
> > that the K3S remains in their product line, it is perfect for my needs.
> >
> > John KK9A
> >
> >
> > Robert KE2NY wrote:
> >
> >
> > Will the K3s continue to be sold? The Japanese manufacturers sell
> > several radios at different price points with different specifications.
> > Would it be able and profitable for Elecraft to keep the K3s in
> production?
> >
> > ...robert
> > --
> > Robert G Strickland, PhD ABPH - KE2WY
> > rcrgs at verizon.net.usa
> > Syracuse, New York, USA
> >
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Re: K3s availability

Dave New, N8SBE
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Eric,

Beats the heck out of the cell phone industry, where any phone that is
more than about 3 yrs old goes out of support, and I'm forced to upgrade
if I want any more security updates.

I anticipate that soon the feds will decide to regulate support of
connected IoT devices, requiring update/security support for X number of
years after manufacture/sale, if the industry doesn't deal with it
first.  My advice for the industry is it is much better to steer your
own ship than to wait for regulation.

In the auto industry, OEMs are required to keep spare parts in inventory
for ten years after the last date of manufacture for any particular
discontinued model.  No word, yet, though, on how long things like an
Internet-connected head unit (radio) needs to be kept updated.

73,

-- Dave, N8SBE

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Subject: Re: [Elecraft] K3s availability
From: "Eric Swartz - WA6HHQ, Elecraft" <[hidden email]>
Date: Thu, June 20, 2019 3:12 am
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Our current plan is to keep the K3S in the product line as long as
demand is sufficient to economically produce it. We are certainly still
shipping new K3S orders weekly and have sufficient parts inventory to
keep manufacturing them at this time. We also are still strongly
supporting existing K3 and K3S owners.

73,
Eric
Waking up in Friedrichshafen after 24 hrs of travel and getting over my
jet lag.
elecraft.com
_..._



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Re: K3s availability

Rick Tavan-2
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Note that the Japanese manufacturers sell many radios with different
feature sets at different price points. If you decide you need a feature
that's not in your radio, you usually have to buy a new one. Elecraft, for
20+ years, has sold only a few radios, each with a variety of optional
features. The K3, KX3, K2, KX2, and, soon, the K4, can each be configured
with options that multiply the product lines to meet varying needs. It's a
major difference in corporate philosophy.

73,

/Rick N6XI
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On Wed, Jun 19, 2019 at 5:12 PM Robert G Strickland via Elecraft <
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> Will the K3s continue to be sold? The Japanese manufacturers sell
> several radios at different price points with different specifications.
> Would it be able and profitable for Elecraft to keep the K3s in production?
>
> ...robert
> --
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