Kent and all,
The K1 needed to be discontinued because the enclosure metalwork was no
longer available, and the cost for a new vendor to tool up was prohibitive.
OTOH, the K2 is around and selling for just as long as possible.
Procurement of thru-hole components becomes more difficult as
manufacturers are switching to all SMD components. So far Elecraft has
been able to provide suitable substitutes such as the SA612 IC mounted
on a carrier board so it can be used in a thru-hole board. Other such
substitutions will be coming in the future, but Elecraft is dedicated to
keeping the K2 kit alive for as long as possible.
On 4/12/2018 12:42 PM, KENT TRIMBLE wrote:
Suspecting the K1 and K2 kits are probably not long for this Earth, I
bought both last Fall with the intent of building the K1 this Spring and
the K2 this summer. A close friend talked me out of my KX1 a while back
which, for some reason, resurrected an urge to build again. I've built
all the mini-modules and the big rigs, but screw-driver assembly isn't
nearly as satisfying as solder-assembly.
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