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K2 Impressions – Part 9 – One Nit to Pick

Okay, it is pretty minor, but in listening to the K5D pileups last week, I figured out that the K2 is less user friendly for chasing splits than the FT-920. Even though the second VFO on the 920 is not a genuine second receiver, it is a lot simpler to use than the K2 for hunting down the guy the DX is working. So the 920 is definitely the first choice for hunting DX. The close in capability of the K2 is not as important when the DX is working split. But the ergonomics of using the 920 is so much easier for split DX hunting, it will take a lot of effort to adjust to the K2 ergonomics.


I guess the solution is to buy a second K2. 🙂

But that’s not going to happen with the first college tuition check for the eldest only months away. Until that is behind us, I’ll just need to use the 920 for SWL’ing and some DX’ing. And SO2R, if I ever get geared up to practice that.

And of course, the K2 can’t get WWL during LSU football season. We won’t count that as a demerit since it was not designed for that purpose.

– more – at the K2 Impressions page

2 comments to K2 Impressions – Part 9 – One Nit to Pick

  • Keith,

    An interesting web site, with lots of interesting personal (to you) points of view about many things.

    Some I agree with, some I don’t but that’s just fine with me!

    Like you I am an FT-920 user, and I think on the whole it is a great all-round rig, especially when it comes to connecting it up to the PC. One serial lead, and a couple of RCA leads, and that’s pretty well all you need to get going!

    I’m looking out for a CW filter, but may end up going the “Inrad route”, but there is no desperate rush.

    Like you I have kids at college, heamorrageing my all-too-scarce cash, but I wouldn’t swap them for the world.

    Hopefully I might catch you on the bands, one fine day when Cycle 24 picks up.


    Martin G4FUI

  • > Some I agree with, some I don’t but that’s just fine with me!

    Just fine with me too. It would be a boring life if everyone went around in lockstep.

    The CW filter is a big improvement over the stock 920. It will be money well spent once you feel you can splurge on it.

    I’m keeping my hopes up for a quick appearance of cycle 24. “Bottom fishing” is getting tiresome. A good solid 10 meter opening would be most welcome.

    Thanks for the note and for stopping by. There should be a bit more added real-soon-now.

    73 de w4kaz

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