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KX2 Beta Firmware Revision

Please read KX2 Beta Firmware Instructions for installing beta firmware.
Only the current production firmware releases can be downloaded by KX2 Utility automatically.

MCU 2.69 / DSP 1.49, 10-31-2016

  • AM MODE ADDED: AM mode is now available on the KX2. (AM mode can be removed from the MODE switch rotation by setting MENU:AM MODE to OFF.) AM Receive: AM mode can provide a "warmer" sound when used to copy shortwave broadcast stations, and VFO tuning is less critical than when using SSB modes to copy AM. MENU:VFO CRS provides coarse-tuning selections of 1, 5, 9 and 10 kHz for AM mode. AM Transmit: AM is far less power-efficient than SSB, so SSB is preferred for most communication purposes. However, AM is in use on the ham bands. A good place to look for AM signals is around 3.870 MHz at night. Note: Speech compression should in general be turned off when transmitting in AM mode (set MENU:TX CMP to 0).
  • ALT MD (Alternate Mode) MENU ENTRY IMPROVED: When ALT MD is assigned to the programmable function switch (PFn), holding the switch selects NOR or ALT on successive presses without remaining in the menu. (ALT MD is used to select between LSB/USB, CW-norm/CW-reverse, or DATA-norm/DATA-reverse on a per-band basis.)

 

KX2 Production Firmware Revision

See KX2 Firmware Release Notes for a complete revision history.
This release can be automatically downloaded by KX2 Utility

MCU 2.69 / DSP 1.49, 11-14-2016

  • PSK63 FIX: DSP revision 1.49 corrects a problem with PSK63 mode.
  • ALT MD MENU ENTRY IMPROVEMENT: Some users found that the ALT MD menu entry didn’t switch modes consistently or cleanly. This is a long operation internally to the firmware, so the VFO A knob rate was slowed down (parameter adjust).

MCU 2.68 / DSP 1.49, 9-23-2016

  • AM MODE ADDED: AM mode is now available on the KX2. (AM mode can be removed from the MODE switch rotation by setting MENU:AM MODE to OFF.) AM Receive: AM mode can provide a "warmer" sound when used to copy shortwave broadcast stations, and VFO tuning is less critical than when using SSB modes to copy AM. MENU:VFO CRS provides coarse-tuning selections of 1, 5, 9 and 10 kHz for AM mode. AM Transmit: AM is far less power-efficient than SSB, so SSB is preferred for most communication purposes. However, AM is in use on the ham bands. A good place to look for AM signals is around 3.870 MHz at night. Note: Speech compression should in general be turned off when transmitting in AM mode (set MENU:TX CMP to 0).

MCU 2.66 / DSP 1.48, 6-24-2016

  • MONITOR LEVEL CONTROL GRANULARITY IMPROVED
  • AF GAIN CONTROL GRANULARITY IMPROVED
  • AUDIO-CW USER INTERFACE IMPROVEMENTS: The KX2 can emit CW characters when switches are pressed and knobs are turned, etc. For details, see the document, "Elecraft KX2 Physical Description and Audio-CW User Interface." Audio-CW tones can be enabled in the menu (see MENU:SW TONE), or on power-up, by holding APF along with RATE and A/B. Release RATE and A/B first, then release APF. This sets the speed to 20 WPM. The menu entry provides more speed selections. KX2 CW UI

MCU 2.59 / DSP 1.39, 5-20-2016

  • DSP BUG FIXES: Eliminates the "ERR DSP" and "ERR DSE" error conditions that appeared on a small number of KX2s, typically at power-up.
  • MIC BTN, MIC BIAS, and all VOX MENU SETTINGS ADJUSTABLE IN ALL MODES: Locking these out was causing problems in some cases. None of these settings apply to the internal mic, but you can now adjust them with or without an external mic plugged in.

 

KX2 Utility and Drivers for Windows

 

Minimum Operating System Requirements for Elecraft Utilities:

Microsoft Windows: XP Service Pack 3 or later, including Vista, 7, 8, and 8.1.

Apple Mac: OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or later

X86-based Linux: GTK+ 2.8 or later, glibc-2.4, libstdc++.so.6 and cURL. 64-bit Linux requires 32-bit compatibility libraries.

 

Elecraft KXUSB Cable for the KX2

Elecraft offers the KXUSB cable for USB only computers etc.  It uses the FTDI chip set.

Before plugging in this cable to any of your computer's USB ports, you may need to install the correct FTDI USB drivers for your computer's operating system.   Drivers are available for most Windows, Mac, and Linux OS's.  Note that most of the latest Windows 7 operating systems already have the proper drivers for the FTDI chip set and will automatically install them if you just plug the KXUSB cable into a USB port.

Connecting the KX2 to a Computer

If your computer has a standard serial port, all you will need is our KXSER cable for the KX2.

Most modern computers no longer have serial ports but instead use USB (Universal Serial Bus) ports for connecting to external devices. Elecraft provides the KXUSB cable to connect the KX2 to these computers.

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