Originally Posted By gcw:
It is nothing really related to the KX3 itself but the options that are offered. For a radio that I spend $1000 on I would like them to include a microphone. By the time you include the options like a tuner, side plates, heat sink, interface cables you get pretty close price wise to a new TS590. I know they are two different animals but it is just an eye opener.
I would like to play with the SDR side of the KX3 some more because I think that might put it over the top.
Overall it was an amazing radio with a pretty intuitive menu and buttons for all the common things.
Ham radio has typically been a semi expensive hobby.
With Elecraft in particular it is the Customization that makes
them appealing; If they add all the extras then the price goes up.
I have absolutely no use for an internal tuner so for my K3 that is a $300 option that I did not need to buy.
But with other radios I had to pay for that option to have never used it.
As far as Microphones, those are another thing where a lot of people use headsets
or desk mics etc and the hand mic becomes another thing they paid for but never use.
As far as Elecraft as a whole, yes there stuff is pricier but people like it and are willing to pay the price.