On behalf of my Friend Andrea Salvatore IU4APC, I would like to introduce you to the KX3Companion.
Andrea is the italian owner of an Elecraft KX3. As a software developer Andrea has decided to use his skills to develop a Powerful and Exciting Android app. This brand new application will allow your cellphone or tablet to be used in conjunction with the KX3, taking the KX3’s field usability to the next level.
The name of the app is “KX3Companion”, which is now available at Google Play store.
Here is what Andrea Has to say about the KX3Companion.
"The KX3 Companion is an app that will let you take full advantage of the power and functionality of your Elecraft KX3 HF radio, making its use easier use and lighter to carry, as there is No need for a PC!
It will let you send and receive CW, PSK31 and RTTY by using your mobile phone or tablet keyboard. Optionally you can use an external Bluetooth keyboard connected to your Android device.
You can set up to 10 macros that are used as dynamic symbols for the Call, Name, QTH and Locator which is automatically updated.
Connection to your KX3 is accomplished through using the USB Serial cable that comes with the KX3 radio.
You’ll also need an inexpensive OTG Cable adapter to connect the serial USB to your mobile device. No other cables are needed!
The KX3 Companion app also lets you record full QSOs and log them, allowing you to export them to your favourite QSO logging software and/or service.
With KX3 Companion you can:
Send and receive CW, PSK31 and RTTY using your Android device keyboard
Read and Write messages with space for hundreds of characters (depending on your mobile phone or tablet screen size)
Switch mode (CW, PSK31, RTTY)
Set the frequency and go up/down bands
Record and recall up to 10 totally customized macros
4 dynamic symbols for Call, Name, QTH and Locator to be used on macros (you can customize the symbols)
Set the CW WPM (Words Per Minute) value with a slider
Have up to 10 presets to set power, ATU or whatever you want to program
Customize the serial baud rate, dynamic symbols and date formats to adapt the app to your setup and needs
Record full QSO logs (everything you send and receive is recorded and saved in a text file)
Log your QSO in CSV format and send them via email or to any external service supported by your mobile device (log date, time, mode, frequency, call, name, QTH and locator)
And that is just a start. I’m planning more features like ADIF and eQSL.cc support.
Depending upon your need/usage, I can fully recommend any of these headphones for radio use.
KSC75 - my portable ear clip headphones. Fantastic sound in a small package. Better than earbuds. Comfy. $10 on Amazon. No-brainer. Buy one pair for your go-kit and one for your mp3 player.
KXT Pro1 - These inexpensive, comfortable, non-bulky on-ear headphones have a really pleasing sound to me on CW. And you can still hear the phone ring or XYL calling you from upstairs. Small enough to take with you on outings too. Radio Shack sells these for $16.
SB45 - Full sized, closed-ear design to keep ambient room noise at bay. Good sound on both phone and CW, comfortable and very good audio reports from the mic with my KX3. I believe there are two versions, one with 3.5mm plugs and one with USB, so make sure you get the right one. $29 on Amazon.
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Think I’m going to try and squeeze one of these into my winter project list. The Knightlites QRP Club’s old KnightSMiTe surface mount transceiver. Original design was for 80m. Might see if I can change some caps, coils and xtal and put one on 40m. I’m fairly comfortable working with SMT parts. Just have to decide if I want to cobble it together myself or get one of the boards from Far Circuits (easier route).
Predicted solar flux according to the most recent forecast on Thursday, December 26 from NOAA/USAF is 130, 135 and 140 on December 29-31, then 145, 150, 155, 165, 170,175 and 170 on January 1-7, 165 on January 8-10, 155 on January 11-15, and 150 on January 16-17. Solar flux is predicted to drop to a low of 125 on January 22-25, and peak at 175 on February 2.
“People who can’t understand why someone would use a radio to make a chance distant contact instead of a surefire text or email are the same people who would want to know exactly what they’ll catch before they go fishing, or who don’t fish at all.”—KQ2RP