I ordered the “Edgewood” package, thus the KH1 with all of the trimmings. I was shipped the full radio kit save the logging tray/cover.
The logging tray had a last minute hardware change. Elecraft kindly shipped the radio first and the logging tray will follow in a few days.
I must say: the KH1 is even smaller than I imagined.
I made a very short video as I opened the box for the first time. To be clear, it doesn’t likely meet the requirements of an “unboxing” video, because, frankly, I really don’t understand those types of videos. It’s just me opening the box and holding the radio for the first time.
I popped the included battery on my Elecraft fast charger and gave it a good 90 minutes of charge while I did some yard work.
Of course, I couldn’t wait to hop on the air, so I attached the whip antenna and the counterpoise, then hit the ATU button for a 1.2:1 match on 20 meters.
I then opened POTA.app and tuned to a couple of POTA activators.
First up was KK4WDP who was activating K-0784 in Washington DC.
I was still sorting out a few of the adjustments on the KH1 (keyer speed, sidetone level, AF gain, etc.) so I can’t say my exchange was “graceful.” (If you’re reading this, Josh, that’s my excuse and I’m sticking with it.)
I moved slightly off frequency to delineate my tone, which I think helped punch thorough. On this end, I could hear a couple of strong stations calling at the same time. DC is almost too close for 20 meters this time of day, but I received a 22N report. Thanks, Josh!
Next, I tuned to 14059 MHz where NR1D was activating K-1706.
I called and got a reply on the first try. I can’t remember the report he sent, but he was a solid 5NN. Thanks so much for working me, Kent!
I haven’t seen a lot of up-close product photos yet, so I thought I’d share some here. Again, note these don’t include the logging tray, but I will post more photos when it arrives soon.
Also, if you’ve ordered a KH1, you’ll need to check with Elecraft about the predicted ship date. I suspect demand exceeded their projections!
I’ll have more photos and full field reports hopefully starting this week. Stay tuned!