The biggest issue for me with the KX-1 ( I have played with them before, nice radio's) is the price. Even at hamfest's, $200 was the lowest I ever saw one for.
Agreed, they're not cheap. But compared to $355 for an unbuilt HW-8....
What I want to see is how much the KX-3 goes for. Particularly with its amplifier. One rig for all purposes....
How'd you power a Southgate 7 in the field?
Generator. 2 kW Coleman. Would run about 2-3 hours on a tank of gas. See QST for June, 1994, page 55.
I took my own rigs on FD several times, but in recent years I've just gone with the local clubs because they need CW ops and I had too much else going on in June.
The last time I did a solo effort far from home was 1995. Packed up the Type 7, generator, tent, table, antennas, 42 foot wooden mast, guys, generator shelter, tools, cables, food, clothes, and much more into a VW Diesel Rabbit and drove 73 miles to The Farm in NNJ. Took out the back seat and the passenger seat to fit it all in and save weight. The Rabbit could only carry 832 pounds including me. I did not overload it.
Set up and operated all by myself in the rain on Friday afternoon, worked the whole contest, (it rained all the time, but no lightning!) took down and drove home Sunday afternoon. Pre-made sandwiches, sodas and hot coffee at night kept me going. No computer, no memory keyer, 100 watts on 80/40/20 CW and 10 watts on 2 meters. Bug, pencil & paper log/dupe sheets. Could change bands and retune in under 30 seconds. Inverted V for 80/40 with center at 42 feet, 1/4 wave vertical with elevated radials for 20, magmount for 2. The Farm is atop a hill near Oldwick, NJ, good preview in all directions and quiet. Ran out of gas 15 minutes after the end of FD. (The Rabbit was diesel so couldn't siphon from it).
Worked 2 simplex FM during refuelings to get the VHF bonus (which they don't have any more). ARRL bulletin, message to SM bonuses.
629 CW and 11 2meter FM QSOs. 2980 points. Class 1B-1
Anything worth doing is worth overdoing.
73 de Jim, N2EY