Hello, one thing which was not mentioned here: As far as my memory serves me well: The FT-817 was not usable with QSK operation and the relais made noise like an old sewing machine.
73 de Hajo Gruss Hajo --- Cela est bien dit, mais il faut cultiver notre jardin. http://hajos-kontrapunkte.blogspot.de/ On Fri, Mar 2, 2018 at 4:10 PM, Irma & Linas(LY2H) <irmalina...@gmail.com> wrote: > I have both the FT- 817nd ( since ten years) and the KX-2 ( since about > two years). > The '817 used to be an unbeatable champion in the QRP rigs class for many > years due to its versatility, all-band (160m -70cm) all mode features. It > travelled with me all accross Europe and did a great job in casual > hotel-style operation but also in a big contests' QRP category with very > good results. With a third-party DSP filter (Bhi-Dsp module) installed this > rig was and still is a very welcome in my shack, last but not least due to > its VHF/UHF full-feature coverage including sattelite operation .On the > downside , the FT'817 needs quite a lot of energy to produce its 5W and > that makes the operation from its internal battery practically useless. The > lack of a built in ATU is another minus, eventhough the Elecraft's T-1 mini > tuner comes as a great solution for this :)). Tiny display is yet another > minus. > > As it comes to KX-2 it is my favourite and major rig now for all of my HF > QRP activities, incl working mobile. The first thing wich struck me, > compare to the FT817, was a KX-2 internal battery which REALY worked for > many hours uncharged! Even if in a hotel room or in the car I prefere to > run it on the battery since it much more convienient, less wiring and QRM > from the switching power supply ( only few brands of ps are almost no > noise). The power consumption both on RX and especially TX in the KX2 was > another pleasant surprise! What it takes for the FT-817 to produce 5 W is > enough or even less for KX-2 to yeald up good 10W! This comes as a great > advantage when taking part in the QRP contests, since a 10W amplifier > stands easily the heavy-duty style contest operation when run at the 5 W > level. For a casual operation when the 5W QRP is not a requirement I like > it very much to have 10-12 W in such a compact box. I also like the large > display and great functionality in KX-2 , like built in messages for CW and > even SSB. The message feature makes it much more fun when operating mobile > or in the contest ( especially voice messaging , since I hate shouting cq > for hours :)). The DSP filtering makes the receiver's general performing > far better to my opinion then the FT-817 especially in a crowdy > environment like FD or a contest. Being a programmable SDR rig, the KX-2 is > easily upgradable ( and I like it very much!) for more and better features > which is out of question for an old ( good!) analogue FT-817. The only > thing which the KX-2 lacks on HF is a 160 m band ( and I don't understand > why). As it comes for the VHF/UHF I don't miss it in the KX-2 since it > would be rearly used by the HF hams anyway and it would result in the > bigger size and the price of the rig. There is a KX-3 for that, :) and I > personally still have the FT-817 packed carefully in case I feel a desire > to grab my VHF yagies and rush to a VHF field day, :)). > ______________________________________________________________ > Elecraft mailing list > Home: http://mailman.qth.net/mailman/listinfo/elecraft > Help: http://mailman.qth.net/mmfaq.htm > Post: mailto:Elecraft@mailman.qth.net > > This list hosted by: http://www.qsl.net > Please help support this email list: http://www.qsl.net/donate.html > Message delivered to dl1...@gmail.com ______________________________________________________________ Elecraft mailing list Home: http://mailman.qth.net/mailman/listinfo/elecraft Help: http://mailman.qth.net/mmfaq.htm Post: mailto:Elecraft@mailman.qth.net This list hosted by: http://www.qsl.net Please help support this email list: http://www.qsl.net/donate.html Message delivered to arch...@mail-archive.com