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Reviews Categories | Specialized Amateur Communication Products | Elecraft K-Pod Control Panel Help

Reviews Summary for Elecraft K-Pod Control Panel
Elecraft K-Pod Control Panel Reviews: 2 Average rating: 5.0/5 MSRP: $$249.95
Description: The K-Pod is a compact accessory panel optimized for
contesting, DXing, and customized station control. It has
a symmetrical panel layout so it can be used with either
hand, and is small enough to be placed on either side of
a PC keyboard in dense operating configurations.

- Ideal companion to the Elecraft K3 and K3S
Transceivers, maximizing convenience and operating

- Only 3.5 x 3 x 1 inches (9 x 7.5 x 2.5 cm). Heavy steel
enclosure with folding tilt stand stays in place during

- Utility jack on the radioís front panel acts as the K-
Podís data interface. The unit can be powered from this
jack, the radioís rear 12-V accessory output, or any 8-15
V DC power source.

- Weighted, soft-touch knob is assignable to VFO A, VFO
B, or RIT/XIT Offset. Uses high-quality, 400-count ball-
bearing optical encoder.

- Knob can be instantly assigned to VFO A, VFO B, or
RIT/XIT offset using the K-Podís rocker switch.

- 8 programmable switches invoke up to 16 existing radio
functions or user-defined macros. Macros can are easy to
create using K3 Utility, and can perform simple or
complex tasks, from setting mode or frequency to complete
customized split setups.

- Also includes USB Port and 3 general-purpose relay-
drive outputs for future applications.
Product is in production.
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K9YEQ Rating: 5/5 Dec 22, 2017 10:04 Send this review to a friend
Great accessory for K3S  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I ordered the K-Pod accessory to make working at my desk easier to do and and play radio at tge same time. The knob makes it super convenient to tune and "program" macros to the switches to avoid reaching over the desk to the radio which is not immediately in front of me. There were sample macros in the included manual. I customized a couple for my own preferences. Also enclosed with my order was a free reference manual to expand my macro understanding. Sweet. The foot stand was easily removed by unscrewing the two finger adjustable attachment screws which I did put back on once the foot stand was off. By doing so the K-POD fits on the pull out keyboard desk tray and place the K-POD flat on the tray which allows me to close the tray. With the foot stand attached the assembly rocked when flat. The supplied cable is all I have connected to the K3S. It is amply long enough and flexible and the well weighted K-POD stays in place when opening and closing the drawer.

Writing macros is fun! I have tried a few, some with success and others required a little trial and error on my part. I have switches assigned to the buttons in the order I use them most. Button selection requires either a tap or hold to get all 16 used. Some cutting and pasting in the K3S utility was simple enough to move the selections to where I will probably remember them best. There is a learning curve but a fun way to play and experience this excellent combination. Hats off to Elecraft on this super device.
W0YK Rating: 5/5 Jul 4, 2016 14:22 Send this review to a friend
Convenient Operating Efficiency  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
At first glance, the K-Pod appears to be another version of a remote tuning knob such as the Pignology PigKnob or Griffin PowerMate. Dedicated to the Elecraft K3S and K3, it instead offers operators a robust remote control pod for their radio.

The knob itself is identical to the main tuning knob of the tranceiver with a convenient rocker switch underneath to instantly define it for VFO-A, VFO-B or Offset (RIT/XIT).

There are 4 pushbuttons on each side of the knob which can be defined with 2 functions each for a total of 16 user-defined functions (tap or hold). A function can be as simple as replicating a control on the radio, e.g., RIT Clear. Or, it can be a message or a more complex function using the K3 programming language such as setting Split mode with a specific offset between receive and transmit frequencies.

There are 4 LEDs that can also be programmed by the user for whatever state or feedback is desired. And, there are 3 output signals for controlling relays or other accessories in the shack.

The K-Pod is connected with a simple RJ12 cable to a jack on the underside of the radio's front panel, for both signals and power. There is a USB port for connecting to a PC for firmware updating, messages and programming.

The K-Pod integrates seamlessly and operates smoothly, just as if one were using the radio tuning knobs and buttons. For contesters and DXers, the convenience of having these functions plus user-defined macros positioned right next to the keyboard is superb.

Like a good CW key, the weight of the K-Pod keeps is solidly anchored to the desired location on the operating table.

This is a great accessory for enhancing the capability of the K3S and K3 transceivers.

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