SCARS Weekly Newsletter – Post-Dayton Edition, May 18, 2015

Dayton . . .
Elecraft K3S . . .
Yaesu FT5000UPN . . .
Alpha 4kw-4040 . . .
Flexradio Maestro Control Console  . . .
Upcoming Hamfests within 250 miles _…_._


Yeah, I didn’t make it to Dayton either. But really, what is it that we go to big Amateur Radio Conventions to see? Right! New Stuff!

Well, OK – we go to see all the folks we haven’t seen since the last meeting. There are folks who I only see at Ham Holiday and others who I only see at Ham-Com, but we only go to these big meetings to see New Stuff and folks. Well maybe the Flea Markets, too. And the tailgate junk. And the banquets. Oh yeah, I forgot about testing and giveaways and coffee in the hallways and being able to have 5 minutes of undivided time with the ARRL President if she happens to be in town. There’s that.

OK, so we go to these meetings for a LOT of different reasons, but we hardly ever go without stopping by the BIG BOOTHS to spin knobs, be wowed by new features, better DSP, bigger displays, more buttons, less buttons, and spin   really   smooth   tuning   knobs. mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm…………

Sorry … I was away for awhile, but now I’m back.

This week, we are going to talk about just a few of the things which were introduced, upgraded, premiered, or rolled-out in Dayton.

Elecraft K3S

As far as what the new Elecraft K3S looks like, at least from what I’ve seen from Elecraft, you would be hard-pressed to find anything on the faces of the K3S and K3 to see anything different. Elecraft states that the LED is new and the tuning knob is now “soft touch”. But the basic difference, besides the “S” on the top bezel, is what the “S” represents – SDR.

Now I wasn’t there and the information on the Elecraft site is brand-spanking new, but from what I’ve seen so far that this new radio has pretty much all new modules and new firmware. So perhaps it would be better described as “Firmware Defined Radio”? That IS a nit to pick, but the good news is that IF you already have a K3, many (perhaps most) of the modules for the K3S will fit into your K3 – many are already available and others are ‘coming soon’ . There will be more and more info about this radio over the next few weeks, but Elecraft already has a lot about this radio (the K3 is now buried DEEP in the website as of this writing – very hard to find), but pricing and specs are already available on their website. If you want a quick look of “What’s New”, you can find it here:

Yaesu FT-5000UPN

There *may* have been a new Yaesu HF radio introduced at Dayton, but there is absolutely NO mention of it on a Yaesu-related web presence. “Sparky’s Blog” ( just says “Stay tuned”. There has been over the past number of years a succession of Yaesu rigs designated FTdx5000, FTdx5000D, and FTdx5000MP, so perhaps this is the next logical step, but so far nothing in the wild about this radio. You Yaesu acolytes may have inside info from a friend who attended Dayton, and if so, have them dish for us!

Alpha 4kw-4040

Alpha/TenTec has advance info out about an antenna tuner designated 4kw-4040. I have no other info other than that Alpha/TenTec does list it on their website as a “product under develeopment”. You can read more at their website:

Flexradio Maestro Control Console

Flexradio introduced a display which will replace most of the need for a standalone computer or laptop to run their Signature Series of Software-defined Radios call the “Maestro Control Console”. If you are hot-to-trot for one of these, you can put $100 down on their website to reserve one of these $1000 consoles to be shipped Q4 2015. What makes the console unique as compared to what you’d get with a computer is 1) portability (which could be replaced by a good, small windows laptop) and 2) You Get Knobs! Yep, that’s the draw – knobs for a Software-defined Radio. But if you’re just working portable or at a campsite, or very casually and didn’t need or want digital modes, then it would work great and FR states that it is very low current drain. All the poop on this can be found here:

I’ll post more, perhaps next week, as more and more info gets out about Dayton, but that’s enough of that for this week. This oughta make you really want to go to Ham-Com at their new venue which portends to be an even bigger Big Deal than the past. 

For those who have not yet found the officers on the webpage, here is the list:

President: Phil Sinnett, KD5UGO
President-Elect-VP: Harold Black, W5IFN
Treasurer: Doug Forsyth, WX5DF
Secretary: Chris Pape, KE5JZN
Director at Large: Bill Baker, WG5T (appointment)
Trustee: Peter Laws, N5UWY (appointment)
Assistant Trustee: Gary Skaggs, WB5ULK  (appointment)

Also, some of you have asked about the site I use personally to track real-time lightning data. That site can be found here:

Upcoming Hamfests within 250 miles

Link below lists all the ARRL-related hamfests within a 250 mile drive of Norman for about the next 5 months. Lots of good ones close to Norman.

As always…Nets, Links, Other Stuff in the link at the top AND in the sidebar. Have a great week!

73 de Gary, WB5ULK …_._

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