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KX3 shipping status update

Eric Swartz - WA6HHQ, Elecraft
Administrator
We have just updated our shipping status page with the following
information:
---
KX3 shipments are estimated to begin mid-March 2012 and can be ordered
on our secure order form.
We are waiting for final delivery of several KX3 components before
production shipping begins.

Assembled and Kit KX3s are built on parallel production lines. Orders
for each type will be shipped in the same order they are received.

We will email customers shortly before their KX3 is ready to ship to
confirm their order information.
Credit cards will not be charged until product ships, unless otherwise
instructed by the customer.

You may add items to your KX3 order at any time via our secure order
form (or by email to [hidden email] or by direct phone call.) Please
reference your original order confirmation number and your callsign (if
any) when adding items or changing your order
---

73,

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Eric
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Re: KX3 shipping status update

Keith Heimbold
Eric,

Thanks for the update!  

So stoked!!

Keith
AG6AZ

Sent from my iPhone please excuse typos

On Feb 28, 2012, at 10:15 AM, "Eric Swartz - WA6HHQ, Elecraft" <[hidden email]> wrote:

> We have just updated our shipping status page with the following
> information:
> ---
> KX3 shipments are estimated to begin mid-March 2012 and can be ordered
> on our secure order form.
> We are waiting for final delivery of several KX3 components before
> production shipping begins.
>
> Assembled and Kit KX3s are built on parallel production lines. Orders
> for each type will be shipped in the same order they are received.
>
> We will email customers shortly before their KX3 is ready to ship to
> confirm their order information.
> Credit cards will not be charged until product ships, unless otherwise
> instructed by the customer.
>
> You may add items to your KX3 order at any time via our secure order
> form (or by email to [hidden email] or by direct phone call.) Please
> reference your original order confirmation number and your callsign (if
> any) when adding items or changing your order
> ---
>
> 73,
>
> --
> Eric
> ---
> www.elecraft.com
>
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Re: KX3 shipping status update

chris g0wfh
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hi eric its now afther the 16th of march is there any more updates for the shipping
of the kx3 thanks chris G0WFH
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Re: KX3 shipping status update

Steve KC8QVO
Tomorrow is Monday the 19th. Maybe things will "pop" :)

I am anxiously awaiting my confirmation e-mail. Every time my phone bleeps I'll check HI. We'll see what happens this week. I am sure the Elecraft crew is just as excited as we are to get things rolling. I trust we will get them when Elecraft gets all their ducks in a row and determines they're fit for their customers - no sooner. I'm anxious but I can wait.

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wayne burdick
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Steve KC8QVO wrote:

> I am sure the Elecraft crew is just as excited as we are to get  
> things rolling.

Yes. And sweating bullets. Our normally very reliable PCB fabricator  
mis-drilled one of the boards and is working overtime replacing them.  
(No, we won't be posting their phone number on this list :)

Wayne
N6KR


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Steve KC8QVO
wayne burdick wrote
(No, we won't be posting their phone number on this list :)
Oh, but that would be too much fun HI.

I am sure everything will work out in the end. Thanks for the note Wayne.

Steve, KC8QVO
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k6dgw
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Just part of manufacturing and production engineering. :-)  We had
4-layer boards [signals on the outside, pwr and gnd in the middle to cut
down crosstalk], and in the prototypes, multiple thrus got plated to the
inside layers.  Hey ... prototypes ... we used a couple of marine 12V
batteries and burned the plating off so we could use them for testing.
The board house sweated the bullets and fixed it for our customers.

I've always thought the design engineers should spend some time with the
manufacturing engineers.  Just because you can think it up doesn't mean
you can make it, in quantity, at a profit.  For the record, I'm retired
from neither design nor manufacturing engineering.  I just admire my
E-radios.

73,

Fred K6DGW
- Northern California Contest Club
- CU in the 2012 Cal QSO Party 6-7 Oct 2012
- www.cqp.org


On 3/18/2012 7:04 PM, Wayne Burdick wrote:

> Yes. And sweating bullets. Our normally very reliable PCB fabricator
> mis-drilled one of the boards and is working overtime replacing them.
> (No, we won't be posting their phone number on this list :)

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GaryK9GS
I'm in the contract electronic manufacturing business and I've been with
the same company for ~26 years.  I see a LOT of new manufacturing
projects crossing my desk each year.  This is nothing unusual and it's
why you do prototypes.  Most people don't realize the manufacturing
process steps needed to build a PCB, particularly a multilayer board.

I agree Fred...there does need to be some hand-holding between design
and manufacturing engineering.  My favorite saying is that, "anyone can
build one, but can you build 1000?"

I mentioned this to Wayne at Dayton last year...the company that
fabricates and assembles Elecraft's PC Boards is absolutely first rate.  
I examined the K3 boards under a magnifying lens.



On 3/18/2012 10:18 PM, Fred Jensen wrote:

> Just part of manufacturing and production engineering. :-)  We had
> 4-layer boards [signals on the outside, pwr and gnd in the middle to cut
> down crosstalk], and in the prototypes, multiple thrus got plated to the
> inside layers.  Hey ... prototypes ... we used a couple of marine 12V
> batteries and burned the plating off so we could use them for testing.
> The board house sweated the bullets and fixed it for our customers.
>
> I've always thought the design engineers should spend some time with the
> manufacturing engineers.  Just because you can think it up doesn't mean
> you can make it, in quantity, at a profit.  For the record, I'm retired
> from neither design nor manufacturing engineering.  I just admire my
> E-radios.
>
> 73,
>
> Fred K6DGW
> - Northern California Contest Club
> - CU in the 2012 Cal QSO Party 6-7 Oct 2012
> - www.cqp.org
>
>
> On 3/18/2012 7:04 PM, Wayne Burdick wrote:
>
>> Yes. And sweating bullets. Our normally very reliable PCB fabricator
>> mis-drilled one of the boards and is working overtime replacing them.
>> (No, we won't be posting their phone number on this list :)
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Re: KX3 shipping status update

wayne burdick
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Thanks, Gary. Yes, they do great work. We always hope that boards will  
turn out perfectly in fabrication, and this time it didn't, but the  
company dealt with it immediately.

Wayne


On Mar 18, 2012, at 8:46 PM, Gary K9GS wrote:

> I'm in the contract electronic manufacturing business and I've been  
> with
> the same company for ~26 years.  I see a LOT of new manufacturing
> projects crossing my desk each year.  This is nothing unusual and it's
> why you do prototypes.  Most people don't realize the manufacturing
> process steps needed to build a PCB, particularly a multilayer board.
>
> I agree Fred...there does need to be some hand-holding between design
> and manufacturing engineering.  My favorite saying is that, "anyone  
> can
> build one, but can you build 1000?"
>
> I mentioned this to Wayne at Dayton last year...the company that
> fabricates and assembles Elecraft's PC Boards is absolutely first  
> rate.
> I examined the K3 boards under a magnifying lens.
>


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Re: KX3 shipping status update

Jim Brown-10
On 3/18/2012 9:14 PM, Wayne Burdick wrote:
> We always hope that boards will turn out perfectly in fabrication, and this time it didn't, but the
> company dealt with it immediately.

In my nearly 50 years in the professional world, I learned pretty
quickly that one of the most important differences between one company
and another was how they respond to problems.

73, Jim K9YC
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Re: KX3 shipping status update

Mark Bayern
On Mon, Mar 19, 2012 at 11:39 AM, Jim Brown <[hidden email]> wrote:

> In my nearly 50 years in the professional world, I learned pretty
> quickly that one of the most important differences between one company
> and another was how they respond to problems.

... which brings us right back to Elecraft, doesn't it?

Mark  AD5SS
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Steve KC8QVO
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Well tomorrow brings the 28th. No e-mail today.

Steve, KC8QVO
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Re: KX3 shipping status update

phil h
I would rather them get things right than rush the product out into the field. Hope you're listening, Elecraft...
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Re: KX3 shipping status update

Steve KC8QVO
There is an update, if it wasn't found already, on the shipping status page 3/28 - the new boards are in and they mention being on track for shipments starting towards the end of the week.