• Portable HF Transceiver
• 80m - 10m 10W
• Built-in Microphone
• Large, Clear Display
Elecraft's KX2 “stealth” transceiver can go wherever your imagination takes you. Thanks to state-of-the-art construction techniques, it’s only 5.8 x 2.8 x 1.5” and weighs just 13 ounces—making it the smallest full-featured HF radio on the planet. Yet it puts out up to 10 watts, covers 9 bands, and shares many features with the KX3. It also works with the KXPA100 amplifier.
To maximize your freedom to roam, you can outfit your KX2 with an internal 2.6 amp-hour Li-ion battery. Current drain is as little as 135 mA, yielding up to 8 hours of typical operation on a single battery charge. There’s also an internal automatic antenna tuner module (KXAT2), which can tune a random wire, dipole, or whip on multiple bands.
A rear tilt-foot angles the KX2 for use on any surface, from desktop to park bench to rock. The KX2 also makes a great moble rig, and can even be used hand-held. It includes a built-in mic for HT-style operation.
The KX2’s powerful 32-bit DSP offers features dual watch, stereo audio, user-programmable filter bandwidths, noise blanking, noise reduction, and auto-notch. RTTY and PSK data modes are built in—no PC needed—as well as a memory keyer and digital voice recorder for transmit.
- 80-10 meter ham bands; general coverage receive from 3-32.0MHz (also covers 0.5 to 3 MHz with reduced sensitivity)
- All modes: SSB, CW, and Data (four sub-modes)
- Ultra-compact size: 2.8”H x 5.8”W x 1.5”D; 13 oz (less options); low-profile knobs and feet for minimum height
- Rear tilt foot provides 3-point mount for rugged terrain
- Custom high-contrast LCD with alphanumeric text display
- Current drain as low as 135 mA in receive mode
- High-performance 32-bit floating-point DSP
- Built-in PSK/TTY decode/encode allows data mode operation without a PC; transmit in data modes using CW keyer paddle
- Synthesizer has 1-Hz tuning resolution
- Integrated numeric keypad for direct frequency entry
- Software-defined-radio (SDR) architecture for versatility
- Switchable preamp and attenuator
- 8-band RX EQ
- Simultaneous dual receive over up to +/- 23 kHz for split-DX operation
- Built-in speaker; stereo jack for headphones or powered speakers
- Easy-to-use Passband Tuning (PBT) for shift/width/hicut/locut; roofing filters automatically track DSP filter settings
- Auto-notch removes interfering carriers; adjustable noise reduction and noise blanking; stereo audio effect
- Center-tuning indicator for CW and data modes; auto-spot
- Up to 10 W on 80-15 m, 8 W on 12 and 10 m (typ.)
- 100 W with KXPA100 amplifier
- Rugged, SWR- and temperature-protected final amplifier stage
- Use with built-in mic or MH3 (with UP/DN VFO functions)
- Optional KXPD2 keyer paddle with adjustable contact spacing; easily removable for transport; built-in allen wrench storage
- CW keyer with 8-50 WPM range; fast, full-break-in keying
- Built-in digital voice recorder (DVR) with 2 message memories
- Three CW/DATA message memories
- Fast, silent, PIN-diode T-R switching – no noisy relays
- DSP speech processing for excellent “punch”
- 8-band TX EQ tailors passband to your voice and microphone
- Computer control via supplied USB or RS232 cable
- Free firmware updates via provided application software
- Programmable switch (PFn) for access to an often-used menu entry
- General-purpose and per-band memories store VFOs, modes, etc
- Full remote-control command set works with popular computer software applications
- Selectable switch-press tones or full Morse code-based interface
- Tutorial-style manual ideal for new hams
The Elecraft KX2 is the most powerful compact HF transceiver currently available for ham radio HF operation. Developed from the famous KX3, it is a slimmed down version, but still retains key features that maintain unprecedented performance. And this really is why so many customers use Elecraft for portable operation.
The KX2 can easily fit into a medium sized coat pocket, yet can deliver up to 12W output. Using the optional internal battery, it easily delivers 5W output for lengthy periods, certainly satisfying most operator’s needs for a typical day out. An additional battery can quickly be replaced or even plugged into the external DC sock for even quicker supply change over.
The bits missing compared to the KX3 may not be of much consequence to a lot of portable operators. You don’t get 160m or 6m operation. You also don’t have the option of using the external PX3 panoramic display. VHF operation on the 4m and 2m bands is also not an option. There is also no optional roofing filter to improve the bandwidth performance for CW.
What you cannot ignore is the fun of carrying a complete HF station in your pocket. One of the most attractive options carried over from the KX3. is the auto antenna tuner. This perhaps is one of the great strengths of Elecraft. The auto atu for both the KX3 and KX2 are easily able to handle most antennas including end fed wires.