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wayne burdick
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Hi all,

It's highly likely that we'll be shipping some KX3s by the end of this  
week. We have all the parts and finished assemblies, and we're putting  
things together and testing as we speak. With a complex new product it  
takes time to work out the manufacturing and test issues, but our  
"throughput" should increase rapidly.

Those who receive the first batch of KX3s should be aware of a few  
things:

- Some firmware features are still being added or improved, and we  
could be releasing new beta code as often as every few days. You can  
load new code whenever you find it convenient.

- There are some last-minute hardware items that will be shipped after  
the radio itself. This includes the battery charger (probably a few  
weeks away). Any such items will be very easy to install.

- The printed owner's manual will initially be at revision A3. The  
electronic version of the manual will be updated much more often,  
including the errata sheet. Of course the electronic version is also  
searchable.

- Because of last-minute changes, the first edition of the kit  
assembly manual is probably out another week. We have to test the  
assembly and configuration procedures to make sure everything is  
working.

No doubt we've overlooked a few things in firmware or documentation.  
We'll answer any questions as quickly as possible. But we're very much  
looking forward to getting your KX3s shipped!

73,
Wayne
N6KR

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Re: Status update on the KX3

Tony Estep
On Tue, Mar 27, 2012 at 1:31 PM, Wayne Burdick <[hidden email]> wrote:
>....the first edition of the kit
> assembly manual is probably out another week....
==========
Presumably that means that kit shipments won't start until a week or
so after assembled KX3s. Ah well, this is still good news. Thanks to
Wayne for the update. Can't wait to get started building......!

73,
Tony KT0NY

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Re: Status update on the KX3

Keith Heimbold
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Totally stoked!!!  Wish I didn't wait four days to place my order. Haha!

Thanks for the update, Wayne!

Keith
AG6AZ

Sent from my iPhone please excuse typos

On Mar 27, 2012, at 11:31 AM, "Wayne Burdick" <[hidden email]> wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> It's highly likely that we'll be shipping some KX3s by the end of this  
> week. We have all the parts and finished assemblies, and we're putting  
> things together and testing as we speak. With a complex new product it  
> takes time to work out the manufacturing and test issues, but our  
> "throughput" should increase rapidly.
>
> Those who receive the first batch of KX3s should be aware of a few  
> things:
>
> - Some firmware features are still being added or improved, and we  
> could be releasing new beta code as often as every few days. You can  
> load new code whenever you find it convenient.
>
> - There are some last-minute hardware items that will be shipped after  
> the radio itself. This includes the battery charger (probably a few  
> weeks away). Any such items will be very easy to install.
>
> - The printed owner's manual will initially be at revision A3. The  
> electronic version of the manual will be updated much more often,  
> including the errata sheet. Of course the electronic version is also  
> searchable.
>
> - Because of last-minute changes, the first edition of the kit  
> assembly manual is probably out another week. We have to test the  
> assembly and configuration procedures to make sure everything is  
> working.
>
> No doubt we've overlooked a few things in firmware or documentation.  
> We'll answer any questions as quickly as possible. But we're very much  
> looking forward to getting your KX3s shipped!
>
> 73,
> Wayne
> N6KR
>
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Re: Status update on the KX3

Eugene Balinski
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Wayne,

   Thanks for the updates.  We certainly understand and
really appreciate your attention to quality.  We would all
rather have them right than fast...

73
Gene K1NR


On Tue, 27 Mar 2012 11:31:45 -0700
 Wayne Burdick <[hidden email]> wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> It's highly likely that we'll be shipping some KX3s by
> the end of this  
> week. We have all the parts and finished assemblies, and
> we're putting  
> things together and testing as we speak. With a complex
> new product it  
> takes time to work out the manufacturing and test issues,
> but our  
> "throughput" should increase rapidly.
>
> Those who receive the first batch of KX3s should be aware
> of a few  
> things:
>
> - Some firmware features are still being added or
> improved, and we  
> could be releasing new beta code as often as every few
> days. You can  
> load new code whenever you find it convenient.
>
> - There are some last-minute hardware items that will be
> shipped after  
> the radio itself. This includes the battery charger
> (probably a few  
> weeks away). Any such items will be very easy to install.
>
> - The printed owner's manual will initially be at
> revision A3. The  
> electronic version of the manual will be updated much
> more often,  
> including the errata sheet. Of course the electronic
> version is also  
> searchable.
>
> - Because of last-minute changes, the first edition of
> the kit  
> assembly manual is probably out another week. We have to
> test the  
> assembly and configuration procedures to make sure
> everything is  
> working.
>
> No doubt we've overlooked a few things in firmware or
> documentation.  
> We'll answer any questions as quickly as possible. But
> we're very much  
> looking forward to getting your KX3s shipped!
>
> 73,
> Wayne
> N6KR
>
>
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Re: Status update on the KX3

James kvochick
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Is it worth exploring the notion of being able to opt out of a printed manual?  I have plenty of resources here to print and bind my own....

I think I have seen some of this on an older thread.

73

Jim WB8AZP

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On Mar 27, 2012, at 2:31 PM, Wayne Burdick <[hidden email]> wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> It's highly likely that we'll be shipping some KX3s by the end of this  
> week. We have all the parts and finished assemblies, and we're putting  
> things together and testing as we speak. With a complex new product it  
> takes time to work out the manufacturing and test issues, but our  
> "throughput" should increase rapidly.
>
> Those who receive the first batch of KX3s should be aware of a few  
> things:
>
> - Some firmware features are still being added or improved, and we  
> could be releasing new beta code as often as every few days. You can  
> load new code whenever you find it convenient.
>
> - There are some last-minute hardware items that will be shipped after  
> the radio itself. This includes the battery charger (probably a few  
> weeks away). Any such items will be very easy to install.
>
> - The printed owner's manual will initially be at revision A3. The  
> electronic version of the manual will be updated much more often,  
> including the errata sheet. Of course the electronic version is also  
> searchable.
>
> - Because of last-minute changes, the first edition of the kit  
> assembly manual is probably out another week. We have to test the  
> assembly and configuration procedures to make sure everything is  
> working.
>
> No doubt we've overlooked a few things in firmware or documentation.  
> We'll answer any questions as quickly as possible. But we're very much  
> looking forward to getting your KX3s shipped!
>
> 73,
> Wayne
> N6KR
>
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Re: Status update on the KX3

Eric Swartz - WA6HHQ, Elecraft
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HI Jim,

Possibly at some point in the future, but not right now. We're consumed
just getting the regular KX3 production flow started.

It actually costs us more to special handle leaving out a manual from
standard production, due to the time for unique handling and additional
work order paperwork needed to keep everyhting straight in the
manufacturing and inventory processes.

73,

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On 3/27/2012 3:25 PM, James kvochick wrote:
> Is it worth exploring the notion of being able to opt out of a printed manual?  I have plenty of resources here to print and bind my own....
>
> I think I have seen some of this on an older thread.
>
> 73
>
> Jim WB8AZP
>
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Re: Status update on the KX3

W7GJ, Lance
In reply to this post by Eugene Balinski
I think I speak for all of us when I agree wholeheartedly....take the time you
need!!!  GL and VY 73, Lance



On 3/27/2012 9:26 PM, Eugene Balinski [via Elecraft] wrote:

> Wayne,
>
> Thanks for the updates. We certainly understand and
> really appreciate your attention to quality. We would all
> rather have them right than fast...
>
> 73
> Gene K1NR
>
>
> On Tue, 27 Mar 2012 11:31:45 -0700
> Wayne Burdick <[hidden email] </user/SendEmail.jtp?type=node&node=7411442&i=0>> wrote:
>
>  > Hi all,
>  >
>  > It's highly likely that we'll be shipping some KX3s by
>  > the end of this
>  > week. We have all the parts and finished assemblies, and
>  > we're putting
>  > things together and testing as we speak. With a complex
>  > new product it
>  > takes time to work out the manufacturing and test issues,
>  > but our
>  > "throughput" should increase rapidly.
>  >
>  > Those who receive the first batch of KX3s should be aware
>  > of a few
>  > things:
>  >
>  > - Some firmware features are still being added or
>  > improved, and we
>  > could be releasing new beta code as often as every few
>  > days. You can
>  > load new code whenever you find it convenient.
>  >
>  > - There are some last-minute hardware items that will be
>  > shipped after
>  > the radio itself. This includes the battery charger
>  > (probably a few
>  > weeks away). Any such items will be very easy to install.
>  >
>  > - The printed owner's manual will initially be at
>  > revision A3. The
>  > electronic version of the manual will be updated much
>  > more often,
>  > including the errata sheet. Of course the electronic
>  > version is also
>  > searchable.
>  >
>  > - Because of last-minute changes, the first edition of
>  > the kit
>  > assembly manual is probably out another week. We have to
>  > test the
>  > assembly and configuration procedures to make sure
>  > everything is
>  > working.
>  >
>  > No doubt we've overlooked a few things in firmware or
>  > documentation.
>  > We'll answer any questions as quickly as possible. But
>  > we're very much
>  > looking forward to getting your KX3s shipped!
>  >
>  > 73,
>  > Wayne
>  > N6KR
>  >
>  >
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Re: [KX3] Re: Status update on the KX3

Jim Kvochick
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Got it....I suspected something very similar in that "custom" can often be a
challenge.  
 
Thanks for taking the time to reply.  I'm confident your days are being
consumed on "other things"
 
73
 
Jim WB8AZP
 

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Sent: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 7:52 PM
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Cc: Wayne Burdick; Elecraft Reflector; [hidden email]
Subject: [KX3] Re: [Elecraft] Status update on the KX3


 

HI Jim,

Possibly at some point in the future, but not right now. We're consumed
just getting the regular KX3 production flow started.

It actually costs us more to special handle leaving out a manual from
standard production, due to the time for unique handling and additional
work order paperwork needed to keep everyhting straight in the
manufacturing and inventory processes.

73,

Eric
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On 3/27/2012 3:25 PM, James kvochick wrote:
> Is it worth exploring the notion of being able to opt out of a printed
manual? I have plenty of resources here to print and bind my own....
>
> I think I have seen some of this on an older thread.
>
> 73
>
> Jim WB8AZP
>


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