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FT-DX 3000 or ????? May 22nd, 22:28 5 174 3 weeks, 6 days ago
Aviation headset article Jul 14th 2013, 15:04 2 839 on 15/7/13
Feedline routing and lightning surge protection Suggestions Mar 23rd 2013, 18:59 2 1,327 on 24/3/13

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FT-DX 3000 or ????? KD0UHN 3 weeks, 6 days ago
I control my ft897 with HRD on my computer now so that is not a big jump.
FT-DX 3000 or ????? KD0UHN on 22/5/15
I recently got my Extra ticket and I'm looking to upgrade to a new rig. I'm currently using a FT-897D in the shack. It is a fine rig but I would love to have a dedicated base rig and use the FT-897D for portable and mobile ops. As far as antennas I have an Alpha Delta DX-LB PLUS, 43' vertical, and a 5 Element 6 meter LFA yagi.
I have been looking at the FT-DX 3000, Elecraft KS3 and the Flex 6300.

FT-DX 3000 ~ $2200
- Good all around rig with nice filtering.
- Internal ATU
- lots of bells and whistles built in. USB, CW decoder etc...

Elecraft KS3 ~$2900
- great reputation following and support.
- Quality RX/TX
- Pricey when adding options

Flex 6300 ~$2500
- dual receiver channels and Panadapters
- Remote operating LAN, future WAN a big plus.
- Small foot print.

I would love to hear what everyone thinks of these 3 or alternatives is the mid priced range ($2000-3000)

Thanks in advance for any words of wisdom!
Aviation headset article KD0UHN on 15/7/13
I figured out how to search and view past QST articles and found 3 hits!
Aviation headset article KD0UHN on 14/7/13
I have a few aviation headsets laying around and I would like to adapt them to use with my ft-897d. I noticed there is an article in the 2013 ARRL handbook. I have the 2012 edition but there is nothing in there. Is there a link to the referenced article without spending another 48 bucks?
Feedline routing and lightning surge protection Suggestions KD0UHN on 23/3/13
I figured I would try and get as prepared as possible for the up coming spring T-storms. Yesterday I purchased 3 OPEK LP-350A lightning surge protectors. They are rated to 350w DC discharge at 50 ohm with less than 0.1 db insertion loss.
I have a 2m/70cm Diamond X50, a Homebrew dipole, and a Solarcon A99 10 meter vertical hooked up using LMR-400 coax to a box containing the surge protectors then routed inside my Shack(basement) to my rigs. I have the Lightning surge protectors mounted to a copper bar then grounded to a 9 ft copper rod in the ground with 8 ft of #8awg green insulated wire. I also have 9 foot of the same wire running from the grounding rod to a grounding bar inside my shack.

Am I on the right track with what I have done so far? I am very much open to constructive critiques and suggestions from the smarter people than me
Thanks, in advance!

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