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Categories | Transceivers: HF Amateur HF+6M+VHF+UHF models - not QRP <5W | Elecraft KX3 Help

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PA7CG  Rating: 2/5 Nov 8, 2013 11:14  Send this review to a friend!
Good for FIRST owners!!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Hello, I am Kees PA7CG and bought a used KX3 s/n 1868 via EBAY from a Mexican Ham.
I used it only for short time on 40 mtrs and sold it to a ham in my country.
Then it all started;
He found the 20/30 mtrs NOT working at all and randomly the KX3 did not power on.
after a lot of E mails to Elecraft it was told that they ONLY give warranty to the FIRST Owner, who ,s name is on the Invoice. So as a second or third owner there is NO Customer relationship.!!
He put it for repair at a well known guy, who did build a lot of K1, K2 ,K3 and KX1 and KX3 in the past,
He found thet there was a faulty 16 Mc Crystal wich caused the rig not to switch on randomly.
Also found 2 broken relays..
After paying 100 Dollar for a few parts including expensive shipping they where replaced.

The Random power on Problem was Solved by then. So Thank you Elecraft.
But, the 20/30 mtr still did not work.
After long investigation time it is now found that a Relay and Coil are Missing on the RF board ???
Elecraft Only wants to sell a new board for 838 US Dollar...... A new kit is 899, so that is ham spirit...
Thet tell my frien , they give ZERO garantee on the USED KX3 , wich never could be used on 20 and 30 meters..

So a unhappy customer in Europe...
BE AWARE. The KX3 is a Beautiful RIG, But be the FIRST owner...

73, kees PA7CG 
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