Elecraft KX2 and WSJT-X Easy Setup
Sometimes all we need is a little QRP transceiver, a weak signal mode and a good antenna. In comes the Elecraft KX-2, WSJT-X and a random wire. It can be used successfully in the field or at home (Ham Shack Portable). Although CW is preferred by many, you’ll find more opportunity to make short contacts (QSLs) using FT8. However, Morse code is more exciting because there’s conversation and more human interaction. The Elecraft KX2 is well suited for CW ops. I think it’s the best backpacking/SOTA HF transceiver around.
Elecraft KX2 WSJT-X
Sabrent USB Connections to KX2: Sabrent Mic In to Elecraft KX2 Phones. Sabrent Speaker Out to KX2 Mic In.
The antenna I am using inside the Ham Shack is a 80′ random wire with a 9:1 UNUN.
K0PIR Suggested KX2 Settings ( See Video Below):
- MODE: DATA A (WSJT-X will assist, but verify it is Data A mode and correct FIL width)
- NB: OFF
- NR: OFF
- PRE: OFF
- RF Gain: 0
- FIL BW: 4 kHz
- FIL Center: 1.5 kHz
- AF: 2-10
- AGC MD: OFF (See: How to Save Your Ears When AGC is OFF)
- AGC LIM: 20
- MIC GAIN: 0-50 (4 bars of ALC on transmit
- PWR: 5 to 7 watts
- MICBIAS: OFF ( may not be necessary to turn OFF)
My WSJT-X settings:
- Rig: KX2
- PTT: CAT
- Mode: Data/Pkt
- Split: Fake It
Elecraft KX2 Connections to HP Stream Laptop
Elecraft KX2 Settings for Digital Modes Data A Video
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The Elecraft KX2 by Fred Cady – KE7X
Elecraft KX2 Owners Manual