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ELECRAFT K2 BUILDER ALERT
R19 on RF board is the wrong value
Nov 15, 2002
This builder alert applies to:
New K2s with serial numbers from 3000-3055.
Older K2s that have been updated with the BFO/PLL mod kit, if a value of 220 ohms was used for R19
Resistor R19, on the RF board, was recently added to the design. It extends the tuning range of the PLL reference oscillator to make it easier to cover the required range with a single crystal.
The value of R19 should have been between 1.8 and 3.3 k, but 220 ohms was supplied. This smaller value can result in VFO tuning non-linearities of as much as 70 Hz at certain points in the VFO tuning range. We strongly recommend replacing R19 with a larger value as described below.
1. Replace R19 with an ordinary carbon-composition or carbon-film resistor between 1.8 k and 3.3 k (any power rating, any tolerance). On the Revision B RF board, R19 is located on the bottom of the board near the PLL reference oscillator crystals. There is no R19 on earlier K2 RF boards. But if you removed one PLL reference oscillator crystal as part of a temperature-stability mod, you may have added R19 to the board (soldered between pins 7 and 8 of RP2).
NOTE: The resistor's power rating can be anything from 1/10th watt or higher, but use a resistor that will fit on the bottom of the RF board without interfering with the bottom cover. Do not use a wire-wound resistor. If you do not have a suitable resistor, you may request one from Elecraft by sending e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Ask for Elecraft part number E500005 (2.7 k, 1/4 watt).
2. Re-run CAL PLL. If you have revision 2.XX K2 firmware, CAL PLL is to be done only on 40 meters. If you have 1.XX firmware, CAL PLL must be run on all bands. In either case, refer to your K2 manual or the application note you used when adding R19 to the board.
3. Note this change on the K2 schematic (RF board, sheet 1).