Subject: Re: [Elecraft] QST K2 review now on ARRL Members Web Site
From: Ed Hare, W1RFI (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Tue Feb 08 2000 - 08:22:37 EST
From the QRP-L email list.
K1JD@aol.com wrote: > Gang: > I wonder if, several years ago, Wayne and Eric envisioned that their > transceiver kit would be so favorably compared to the best rigs on the > market? It would have been tough for ARRL (or anyone else) to write a more > favorable review while trying to appear unbiased. Well, I think the review was unbiased, but "unbiased" does not have to mean "unimpressed." When a radio of this price class has dynamic range that stacks up against the performance of what most hams see as the top-end radios, an unbiased review says so! I wanted to include a table comparing it with Model I, Model K, Model T and Model Y, but the editor shot it down. (A bit too "unbiased?" :-) ). Of course, the top-end radios do have a number of features that are found only in top-end radios, but if one wants basic top-end receiver performance, compare the number of the K2 against the numbers in the Reviews of the big-gun radios and decide for yourselves. > Having made a/b comparisons between my K2's and OMNI VI+ over many > months, the glowing independent assessment was no surprise. Selectivity is > one edge the OMNI is still holding on to with its cascaded filters, but > improved filters ARE on Elecraft's list of future enhancements ;-) I will add that we just completed the swept-frequency dynamic range tests and that little K2 maintains that high dynamic range right up to the filter bandpass. So even though the OmniVI may have a bit better skirt selectivity, strong signals a couple of kHz away, even if they could be slightly audible in the passband, will not result in much, if any, blocking -- at least no more than strong signals 50 kHz away. The "Expanded Test Report" should be ready in a day or two, for those who want to see the numbers. 73, Ed Hare, W1RFI ARRL Lab
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