Interface for K4, K3 or K3S transceivers
The K-Pod is an ideal companion to your Elecraft K4, K3 or K3S Transceiver, maximizing both convenience and operating efficiency. At only 3.5 x 3 x 1 inches (9 x7.5 x 2.5 cm), it can be placed anywhere the action is, typically next to a computer keyboard. It’s versatile enough to integrate transceiver and station control functions, putting you in command as never before.
A utility jack beneath the K4, K3 and K3S radio’s front panel acts as the K-Pod’s data interface. The unit can be powered from the radio’s rear 12-V accessory output, the pod’s own USB port, or any 8-15 V, 50-mA DC power source.*
*The K-Pod can also be powered directly through its data cable. This may require a minor modification to your radio’s front panel module.
Weighted, Soft-Touch Knob
Assignable to VFO A, VFO B, or RIT/XIT Offset, the K-Pod has a heavy, free-spinning knob with a great feel that won’t wear you down during extended operation. It’s attached to a 400-count ball-bearing optical encoder, providing fine-grain frequency control. Friction can be adjusted to individual preference.
You can instantly map the knob to VFO A, VFO B, or RIT/XIT offset using the K-Pod’s rocker switch. Three of the unit’s user-definable LEDs indicate rocker switch position, by default. Switch events can also be audibly reported by the K-Pod’s built-in audio transducer.
8 Programmable Switches
Control existing radio functions or create your own functions.
Each of the K-Pod’s tactile-feedback switches (F1-F8) has a programmable tap and hold functions. For example, they can be used to duplicate controls on the radio’s front panel or as hot keys into often-used menu entries.
But the possibilities go well beyond this. When a K-Pod switch is pressed, it can execute a series of one or more commands stored in the transceiver itself. A command sequence can engage complex VFO splits or special receiver settings, play transmit messages, clear the RIT offset, select a receive antenna, toggle diversity reception,
etc. The K-Pod manual includes step-by-step instructions for switch programming, with many examples.
USB Port and 3 General-Purpose Outputs
A USB port is provided on the K-Pod for firmware updates and future station control uses. This port can also be used to configure the K-Pod’s switches to perform other special functions, such as activating the unit’s 3 general-purpose outputs. These outputs are open-drain, acting as contact closures to control relays, etc., in other station gear.