I consider myself "average" in all respects, so I'll bet I'm not the
only KX-1 owner who has fallen into the trap of underestimating the
capabilities of this little jewel.
Until a couple nights ago, I used my KX-1 like my other QRP rigs, both
commercial and homebrew. I kept my expectations rather "reasonable" (in
other words, "low") and concentrated on working the louder signals on
the bands. Did quite well, I might add...
On Saturday, I heard a VERY weak "CQ", really down in the noise. The
great filtering helped out a lot. I answered K3HX just for the heck of
it and got a 559 report.
I normally use my KX-1 at home, with a Jetstream power supply for 3+
watts out, and a 40 meter full-sized dipole. This was the case on
Saturday night... or so I thought...
Seems I forgot to turn on the power supply. A quick check with the
inline wattmeter showed about 400 milliwatts going out. The six "AA"
batteries were pretty well run down and had been in the rig since I
Just wanted to share this for the benefit of any other readers with the
tendency to underestimate the KX-1.
I bought a K2 at the same time I bought the KX1. I'm having so much fun
with the KX1 that I haven't started building the K2 yet! It's like
being a new ham again!