mobile = k3
Its the radio with the worst ever ergonomics for base use. Everyone has their own opinions on this, this is my opinion.
I am waiting for the K4 maybe that will be a true home based radio.
I could however imagine a K3 with dual P3's (one for spectrum and a separate P3 for waterfall and rig info + TX monitoring) new front panel, 200 FET amplifier and all in one box with a in built power.
What would even be better is a 10 inch touch screen K3 that combined the P3 and K3's designs. The modular concept should remain this way it would be easier to address any improvements or failures in various parts of the radio.
The K3 design has lots of potential if all the marketing and packaging options are examined. The problem is that all the Elecrafters are more worried about fighting with the "elecraft haters" rather than making the product better with suggestion and product criticisms.
Very few products in the world can get it right with the first release onto the market. It seems that the K3's design is trapped by being carved into rock by its owners and designers. The K3 could be rig for all people if some K3 owners opened their minds to the possibilities rather than just wanting to be elecraft criticism attack dogs. Any criticism of the design has hardly effected the sales of the radio thats why its perplexing why so many owners react so negatively to the many suggestions and requests for and an improved K3. Trying to bludgeon people into believing that a radio is perfect when it is not does more marketing harm that good. We live in the information age not the brainwashed age.
Yaesu, Kenwood and Icom have been doing this for decades. If you sat down and studied their circuit diagrams you would soon realize that the improvements in model X has become model Y with some minor changes. It was very rare to have a completely new clean slate design per new model. Why should elecraft designs be the exception and exempted from this practice? It just makes good economic sense recycling old products into new exciting and improved products.
excellent info gentlemen. Thanks for the feedback and insight. My search goes on, and on.
Base = K3