I am Scott AK6Q. This site is about my original and innovative SIDE KX accessories for your Elecraft radios. I started with the KX3, then the PX3 and continued on to the K3/K3s and now with the release of the KX2 I also have parts for these!
I grew up in the mountains of Colorado and my passion is the great outdoors. I prefer to be on a mountain rather than in the city. This has driven me to develop the SIDE KX accessories. I saw, as many have, a need for additional protection of the KX3 a great radio. My goal was to make the KX3 more pack friendly with a minimalist approach. I strive to keep with the ‘Top Shelf Quality’ that Eric and Wayne have set as the standard for Elecraft. All of my parts are made in the USA.
These products have been used worldwide for the last 3 years and have been proven on the toughest of terrain. Some of the feedback I have received is; “Why didn’t Elecraft do this from the beginning?” and “It's nice to see a quality product still made in the U.S.”
This all started with the development of replacement side panels for the KX3 and then the PX3 each with a smoked polycarbonate cover to further protect your display, knobs and buttons. KX3 Line is seamlessly integrated and more importantly PROTECTED.
I have listened to your requests and I have also created a cover for the paddle port on the front edge of the radio where a user would attach the KXPD key.
I as now have a new mobile mount for both theKX2, KX3 and the PX3 so watch for updates here on the MOUNTS tab for these new products.
The new SIDE KX panels for the K-Line, allow you to have the great looks and added protection of D-Handle sides for the K3/K3s and the P3. I will be adding the KPA500 Amp panels soon!
There has been attempt to copy my Side KX ends, by the Chinese and locally by N8WTT please don’t be fooled into thinking these are the same. I am the original designer of this product and these are mearly week attempts to copy. Please remember my polycarbonate cover will not work with these copy ends. I do not sell on Ebay, or any other locations on line. This web site is the only place other than conventions I attend and sell in person, to get the real SIDE KX.
I have also recently added a new mount for the KXPA amp.
PLASTIC UPDATE: June 13th, 2016:
The Injection Mold is approved! I am expecting delivery of it in the next 12-15 days as it is heavy freight. Once I have the mold it is just 2 days and I will have a run of parts.
I as well have finalized the design of the new KX2 cover and mobile mount, it is out for bid and will be the next parts to be made in Polycarbonate.
Here are pictures of the first run of the new injection molded KX3 and PX3 covers. I had to make a small adjustment to the mold for a minor fitment issue.
Clear are the proof set and the smoke is an original vacuum formed for comparison (the new injection covers will also be the same smoke grey!)
update info: I am very back ordered on plastic (Lexan
Covers) as you may know, my original vacuum forming fabricator became
very ill and his shop closed,
leaving me out of plastic. I have been working on two fronts the
first is using the original vacuum forming of parts and the second is
to move to injection molding. It seems I am unable to find a
compatible shop for vacuum forming parts at a reasonable cost, I have
now dealt with 8 shops.
On the other front of injection molding which I am counting
on to resolve the long term parts supply issues; I have been through 4 revisions of the first
mold and we found it was past the point of modification to make it work. We have now done a complete redesign and
brought on some new engineering for this mold.
As simple as the parts is, it has some complex molding components to
make it work and be able to be removed from the mold, once it is formed. This new mold has been started last week! Due to the needed machining, it will take about 4 weeks to have it
competed, and then we will get the proof parts for inspection and final ok of the mold.
These setbacks and hold ups have been enormous and I really
do apologize for these delays.
73 Scott AK6Q
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