FIELD DAY GUIDE TO THE ELECRAFT K3 & P3

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By John Fritze
K2QY
Each button has 2 functions and you can either
“TAP” or “HOLD” to access that function.
Written in WHITE on the button is the TAP function.
Written in YELLOW under the button is the HOLD
function.
Everything is clearly marked and arranged in groups of
similar functions.
#5 POWER….tap to turn on, tap to turn off (P3 is slaved)
#2 Audio Volume…AF inner knob
#7 Band select…..tap UP or DOWN
#6 Mode select…tap UP or DOWN until desired mode
appears on the right side of the display
#6 Side Band Select…press and hold “ALT” only if the
desired side band is not in the display
SWR and RF output are indicated in section #9 of the display (or
COMP and ALC).
#7 VOX…Press and hold “▼” (down) to toggle on or off. VOX
needs to be ON for CW to be sent. VOX should be OFF if using the
footswitch for SSB sending. Press and hold “▲” to toggle QSK as
desired. VOX or QSK will be indicated on the display.
In the key pad #4 PRE….tap to toggle preamp on/off
ATT…push and hold to toggle attenuator on/off
In the key pad #8 NR…tap to toggle noise reducer on/off
ADJ…push and hold to adjust NR, release
turn knob #19 for best NR, tap #8 to exit
PRE, ATT, NB or NR will be indicated on the display
RIT/XIT button group #16…. ie: tap RIT to toggle on/off
tap CLR to re-center RIT
Adjust RIT with knob #17 (LEDs note – center +)
The ∆f LED will light indicating different transmit and
receive frequencies.
If the K3 won’t transmit (TX red LED does not come on),
check the “TX” VFO indicator; if “TX” is flashing, hold
TEST (right end of mode button) to take the K3 out of
TEST mode. In CW, also check VOX status.
VOICE RECORDER – Tap one of the memory
buttons (15) M1-M4 to play.
Tap REC then tap a memory button to record.
Tap the memory button to stop recording.
SIDETONE AND SSB MONITOR ON–OFF and
MONITOR LEVEL ADJUST – Press and hold knob #24,
MON will appear, and then rotate to preferred sidetone
or speech monitor level (or zero). NOTE: If this knob is
not pressed and held before it is turned, it will be
changing the transmit power or speech compression.
These should not be changed. Tap the knob after
adjusting the MONITOR level to exit.
Knob #25 Tap to light SPEED LED and turn to
adjust CW speed, shown in lower right of
digital display…no need to tap to exit adjust
mode
Tapping the left or right knob will allow you to adjust
HI or LOW audio frequency cut, or SHIFT and WIDTH
of the roofing filters. A graphical display, filter list and
numerical amount will show in the bottom row of the
display. If you get lost and want to start over, press and
hold NORM and the filters will return to factory stock.
ELECRAFT P3 -PANADAPTOR
As with the K3…WHITE is TAP
YELLOW is PUSH and HOLD
The single knob adjusts the functions and TAP
will cause the K3 to QSY
TAP REF LEVEL to allow adjustment of the Waterfall
display intensity. Adjust with knob so waterfall is
mostly darker shade of blue. Lighter shades of blue
with traces of yellow and red are signals. TAP the knob
to select and exit.
TAP the SPAN button and adjust with knob to show
more or less of the RF spectrum. The receiver band
width of the K3 (displayed in either green or violet)
shows in the display. The width will increase or
decrease accordingly with the amount of spectrum
displayed. TAP knob to select and exit.
IF YOU WISH TO HUNT AND PECK:
TAP MKR A or PUSH AND HOLD for MKR B, use the
knob to place the marker on a desired signal, TAP=QSY
and K3 will move to the desired signal frequency. Use
the VFO to tweak the signal. Tap or hold to exit MKRs.
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Do not press ANT buttons
Do not press the TUNE button
Do not adjust Mic Gain or Compression
Do not adjust power output
If you find there is no output, or need help:
COME FIND ME!
Fred, AE6QL
Andy W9NJY
Ed KE3D
Mike KE5GBC
Rich VE3KI

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