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XG3 RF Signal Source
Photo Credit: Bill Hammond, AK5X
The XG3 is a powerful programmable signal source that fits in the palm of your hand.
Miniature RF source for shack or field use – only 2.5 x 4.4 x 0.9”
1.5-200 MHz range, with a typical resolution of 1-24 Hz. (Up to 1400 MHz via harmonics)
12 programmable bands for 160-2 m (Or use as arbitrary memories on any frequency.)
Four calibrated power output levels:
107 dBm (1 uV)
-73 dBm (50 uV, S9)
-33 dBm (S9+40)
Two programmable sweep functions
CW and RTTY Beacon Modes(see f/w 1.14 release notes below.)
Computer Controllable; Downloadable firmware upgrades
Includes RS-232 Cable. (See KUSB adapter for USB interfaces.)
Wide-Range Synthesized RF Source
The XG3 is a programmable, 160-2 m RF signalsource with four calibrated output levels. It’s ideal for receiver calibration, sensitivity tests, signal tracing, and as a VFO for home-brew projects. It’s also useful outdoors—for antenna evaluation, field strength measurements, micro-power cw beacons for T-hunts, etc.
Power for the XG3 can be provided by its internal 9-V battery or by an external power supply. Auto power-off is provided to conserve battery life.
Remote Control and Programmable Sweeps
The XG3’s serial port allows you to use a computerto set up its frequency and output level, assign frequencies to band switches, and set up sweep step size and rate. You can use the supplied PC software, or write your own XG3 applications.
The XG3’s RS232 drive circuitry is intended forshort cable lengths (6’ supplied). You can also use the Elecraft KUSB or other USB-to-RS232 adapters, greatly extending the usable cable length.
ARRL XG3 Review Video
XG3 Manual (pdf)
control and f/w download utility
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 offers the K
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
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. FTDI KUSB Drivers (For currently shipping KXUSB cables)
XG3 Utility (Windows, Version 188.8.131.52) June 6, 2013
XG3 Utility (Mac OSX, Version 184.108.40.206) June 4, 2011
XG3 Utiility (Unix, Version 220.127.116.11) June 4, 2011
Latest XG3 F/W: May 28, 2013, V1.16 (Load from the server with XG3 Utility)
A break signal is now transmitted over the serial port at the start of frequency sweep and Morse memory playback. This appears as a 1.3 ms low to high to low pulse on the serial TX line and can be used to trigger external equipment.
When sending a Morse string using the ‘W’ command, pressing any key or any received serial character will now stop and exit the Morse sequence.
Fixed a bug in which the first element of the first character in a Morse string was being omitted.