Elecraft KX2

Why you need an Elecraft KX2 for field use

The Elecraft KX2 is a highly regarded field radio that is known for its excellent performance and versatility, its receive and CW capabilities are second to none for portable operations.

Elecraft KX2
KX2 – Elecraft (getting ready for QRP POTA)

With dimensions of just 5.8 x 2.8 x 1.5 inches and weighing only 13 ounces, it is the smallest full-featured HF radio available. Despite its small size, it has a maximum output power of 12 watts and can operate on nine different bands which is simply amazing to see when in action given its diminutive size.

One of the standout features of the KX2 is its built-in automatic antenna tuner, which allows for easy matching of antennas in the field. While this is an option (KXAT2) it is one that I recommend. Their tuners are top notch as I also make use of their T1 antenna when using other radios that require a match in field.

The KX2 has an optional internal 2.6 amp-hour Li-ion battery that allows for up to 8 hours of use on a single charge, with a low current drain of 135 mA. It is equipped with a powerful 32-bit DSP that offers dual watch, stereo audio, user-programmable filter bandwidths, noise blanking, noise reduction, and auto-notch. It also has built-in RTTY and PSK data modes, a memory keyer, and a digital voice recorder for transmit.

The KX2 has an internal logging feature that allows you to record CW and DATA contacts, which can be transferred to a computer later. I’ve never used this feature but it is nice to know that it exists. I tend to log both digital and paper copies in the field so I’m not worried about losing my contacts.

The KX2 also has an amazing ecosystem with the optional modules, cases, antennas such as the AX1 (which I also own and use). Can you tell I enjoy their products?

Overall, the Elecraft KX2 is considered by many to be the best field radio on the market due to its excellent performance, versatility, and convenience and I would agree although this is closely followed by the 705 and owning both while a luxury gives you the best of both worlds.

73, Tyler Kacsor