ELECRAFT KBPF3 Specifications

ELECRAFT KBPF3 Specifications
ELECRAFT® K3
HIGH-PERFORMANCE 160 – 6 METER
TRANSCEIVER
KBPF3 GENERAL COVERAGE RECEIVE OPTION
INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS
Rev B1, October 28, 2007
Copyright © 2007, Elecraft, Inc.
All Rights Reserved
Contents
Introduction............................................................................................................................................... 3
Customer Service and Support............................................................................................................................ 3
Technical Assistance ....................................................................................................................................... 3
Repair / Alignment Service ............................................................................................................................. 3
Preventing Electrostatic Discharge Damage ............................................................................................ 4
How ESD Damage Occurs.................................................................................................................................. 4
Preventing ESD Damage..................................................................................................................................... 4
Preparing for Installation .......................................................................................................................... 5
Tools Required .................................................................................................................................................... 5
Parts Included...................................................................................................................................................... 6
Installation Procedure ............................................................................................................................... 7
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Introduction
This manual covers the installation of the KBPF3 General Coverage Receive option in your K3 transceiver.
Only a few basic hand tools are needed (see page 5) to perform the installation. No soldering or wiring is
required.
The KBPF3 extends the receive coverage outside of the Ham bands over the range of 500 KHz to 30 MHz and
from 48 MHz through 54 MHz. Only the receiver coverage is extended. The transmitter frequencies remain
limited to the Amateur bands.
The KBPF3 consists of a single circuit board the plugs into the K3 RF board.
Customer Service and Support
Technical Assistance
You can send e-mail to [email protected] and we will respond quickly - typically the same day Monday
through Friday. Telephone assistance is available from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. Pacific time (weekdays only) at 831662-8345. Please use e-mail rather than calling when possible since this gives us a written record of the details
of your problem and allows us to handle a larger number of requests each day.
Repair / Alignment Service (We want to make sure everyone succeeds!)
If necessary, you may return your Elecraft product to us for repair or alignment. (Note: We offer unlimited email
and phone support to get your kit running, so please try that route first as we can usually help you find the
problem quickly.)
IMPORTANT: You must contact Elecraft before mailing your product to obtain authorization for the
return, what address to ship it to and current information on repair fees and turn around times. (Frequently we
can determine the cause of your problem and save you the trouble of shipping it back to us.) Our repair location
is different from our factory location in Aptos. We will give you the address to ship your kit to at the time of
repair authorization. Packages shipped to Aptos without authorization will incur an additional shipping charge
for reshipment from Aptos to our repair depot.
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Elecraft 1-Year Limited Warranty
This warranty is effective as of the date of first consumer purchase. It covers both our kits and fully assembled
products. For kits, before requesting warranty service, you should fully complete the assembly, carefully following all
instructions in the manual.
What is covered: During the first year after date of purchase (or if shipped from factory, date product is shipped to
customer), Elecraft will replace defective or missing parts free of charge (post-paid). We will also correct any
malfunction to kits or assembled units caused by defective parts and materials. Purchaser pays inbound shipping to us
for warranty repair, we pay shipping to return the repaired equipment to you by UPS ground service or equivalent to
the continental USA and Canada. Alaska, Hawaii and outside U.S. and Canada actual return shipping cost paid by
owner.
What is not covered: This warranty does not cover correction of kit assembly errors. It also does not cover
misalignment; repair of damage caused by misuse, negligence, or builder modifications; or any performance
malfunctions involving non-Elecraft accessory equipment. The use of acid-core solder, water-soluble flux solder, or
any corrosive or conductive flux or solvent will void this warranty in its entirety. Also not covered is reimbursement
for loss of use, inconvenience, customer assembly or alignment time, or cost of unauthorized service.
Limitation of incidental or consequential damages: This warranty does not extend to non-Elecraft equipment or
components used in conjunction with our products. Any such repair or replacement is the responsibility of the
customer. Elecraft will not be liable for any special, indirect, incidental or consequential damages, including but not
limited to any loss of business or profits.
Preventing Electrostatic Discharge Damage
There is no climate or work location where the components of your K3 are safe from Electrostatic Discharge
(ESD) unless you take specific steps to prevent such damage. Many of the components in your K3 can be
damaged by static discharges of only a few volts: far too little for you to notice. It is those low-voltage but
destructive discharges that easily happen anywhere and under virtually any environmental conditions.
ESD damage may not be apparent at first. The damaged components may not fail completely. Instead, the
damage may result in below-normal performance for an extended period of time before you experience a total
failure.
How ESD Damage Occurs
Whenever an object containing a static charge touches a circuit in your K3, current will rush into the circuit until
the components reach the same voltage as the source of the static charge. If the voltage or current that passes
through a component during that brief period exceeds its normal operating specifications, it may be damaged or
destroyed.
Preventing ESD Damage
ESD damage cannot occur if there is no voltage difference between the components in your K3 and any object
that touches them. That is how anti-static packaging works. Anti-static bags allow the static charge to flow over
their surface, so that any part of the bag that touches the components inside are all at the same potential at all
times. Anti-static foam keeps the leads of sensitive components at the same potential.
At your work bench, avoiding a dangerous voltage is achieved most easily by tying everything together and
connecting them to a common mains safety ground. This includes your K3, individual boards or other sensitive
components as well as everything they may touch at the work table.
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Inexpensive static dissipating work mats are readily-available that will steadily and safely drain off any charges
built up on parts or circuit boards placed on them. They are supplied with a lead that connects the mat to the
common workbench ground. Also, metal cabinets on test equipment used on the bench should be tied together
and connected to the common ground.
Most importantly, you must have a way of continuously draining off any static charges that occur on your body.
Such charges are easy to create, even while sitting quietly at the work bench. Moving your feet on the floor,
shifting position in your chair or even moving your arms so that clothing rubs against itself can produce
destructive static charges. You can discharge yourself by touching an unpainted metal ground, but that will last
only until you move in a way that produces a new static charge. The safest technique is to wear a grounded wrist
strap with a series 1-megohm resistor that continuously drains off any charges. Such wrist straps are readilyavailable and inexpensive.
WARNING
DO NOT attach a ground directly to yourself without a current-limiting resistor as this poses
a serious shock hazard. A wrist strap must include a 1-megohm resistor to limit the current
flow. If you choose to touch an unpainted, metal ground to discharge yourself, do it only
when you are not touching any live circuits with your other hand or any part of your body.
We strongly recommend you take the following anti-static precautions (listed in order of importance) to avoid
trouble:
•
Leave ESD-sensitive parts in their anti-static packaging until you install them. The packaging may be a
special plastic bag or the component’s leads may be inserted in conductive foam. Parts which are
especially ESD-sensitive are identified in the parts list and in the assembly procedures.
•
Wear a conductive wrist strap with a series 1-megohm resistor. If you do not have a wrist strap, touch a
ground briefly before touching any sensitive parts to discharge your body. Do this frequently while you
are working. You can collect a destructive static charge on your body just sitting at the work bench. DO
NOT attach a ground directly to yourself as this poses a serious shock hazard.
•
Use a grounded anti-static mat on your work bench.
•
If you choose to use a soldering iron to work on your K3 for any reason, be sure your iron has an ESDsafe grounded tip tied to the same common ground used by your mat or wrist strap.
Preparing for Installation
Tools Required
1.
#0 and #1 size Phillips screwdrivers. To avoid damaging screws and nuts, a power screwdriver is not
recommended. Use the screwdriver that best fits the screw in each step.
2. Small needle-nose pliers or tweezers to position small parts.
3. Soft cloth or clean, soft static dissipating pad to lay cabinet panels on to avoid scratching.
The following tools are strongly recommended:
1. ESD wrist strap.
2. Static dissipating work pad.
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Parts Included
The following parts should be included in your kit. Check to ensure you have them all. If any parts are damaged
or missing, contact Elecraft for replacements (see Customer Service and Support, page 3).
QTY.
ELECRAFT
PART NO.
ESD Sensitive. Follow ESD safe handling
procedures. Keep in ESD-safe bag until
installed.
1
E850269
Standoff, 4-40, 1/2” (13 mm)
2
E700061
Screw, 4-40, 1/4” (6.4 mm)
4
E700005
Lock Washer, #4 split
6
E700004
ILLUSTRATION
DESCRIPTION
KBPF3 Printed Circuit Board
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Installation Procedure
Disconnect power and all cables from your K3.
Remove the nine screws to free the top cover as shown in Figure 1. After the cover is open, lift it gently to
reach the speaker wire connector. Unplug the speaker then set the top cover aside in a safe place.
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REMOVE 9 SCREWS
HOLDING TOP COVER.
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TO OPEN COVER, PRESS HERE TO TILT FRONT EDGE UP OR PLACE UNIT
ON ITS SIDE FEET, THEN TIP FARTHER SO THE TOP COVER SWINGS OPEN.
Figure 1. Removing K3 Top Cover.
CAUTION: Touch an unpainted metal ground or wear a grounded wrist strap
before touching components or circuit boards inside the K3. See Preventing ESD Damage on
page 4 for more information.
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Remove both bottom covers from the K3 by removing the screws shown in Figure 2.
REMOVE ALL THE
SCREWS INDICATED
AND LIFT THE
BOTTOM COVERS
OFF.
ESD SENSITIVE!
WEAR A GROUNDED
WRIST STRAP OR TOUCH
AN UNPAINTED METAL GROUND
BEFORE HANDLING THE RF BOARD.
SEE NOTE
SEE NOTE
SEE NOTE
NOTE:
THESE THREE SCREWS
ARE 1/4" (6.4 mm) LONG
AND HAVE INSIDE TOOTH
LOCK WASHERS UNDER
THE SCREW HEADS.
ALL THE OTHER SCREWS
ARE 3/16" (4.8 mm) LONG
AND HAVE NO LOCK
WASHERS.
Figure 2. Removing K3 Bottom Cover.
As you install components and reassemble your K3, be sure all the screws are in place
and secure, but do not over tighten them. Failure to tighten all screws may result in poor
shielding of sensitive components, resulting in possible noise or birdies in the receiver as well
as other difficult-to-trace problems.
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Install two standoffs on the RF board that covers the bottom of the K3 as shown in Figure 3. (Note that the
stiffening bar across the top of the K3 chassis has been removed to show the positions of the standoffs more
clearly.)
ESD SENSITIVE!
WEAR A GROUNDED
WRIST STRAP OR TOUCH
AN UNPAINTED METAL GROUND
BEFORE HANDLING THE RF BOARD.
TOP OF RF BOARD
4-40 1/2" (13 mm) STANDOFF
4-40 SPLIT LOCK WASHER
4-40 SPLIT LOCK WASHER
4-40 1/4" (6.4mm) ZINC PAN HEAD SCREW
Figure 3. Installing KBFP3 Standoffs.
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There are three connectors on the bottom of the KBPF3 board that must be properly mated to P44A, P44C
and P44E on the RF board. Even though the connectors are hard to see, they can be aligned as follows:
Set the KBPF3 board in place over the standoffs, aligning it so the holes in the KBPF3 board
are aligned with the tops of the standoff. This will align the connectors.
Press down on the KBPF3 board to mate the connectors at the end near battery BT1 and along
the side nearest the LPA board or, if installed, the KPA3 shield, while checking to ensure that
the holes in the board are aligned with the holes in the standoffs. Note that simply installing the
mounting screws will not ensure the 3-pin connectors are fully mated. When properly mounted
the KBPF3 board should rest on top of the standoffs and be parallel with the RF board
underneath.
Attach the KBPF3 board with a 4-40 1/4” (6.4 mm) zinc pan head screw and lock washer at
each standoff as shown in Figure 4.
ESD SENSITIVE!
WEAR A GROUNDED
WRIST STRAP OR TOUCH
AN UNPAINTED METAL GROUND
BEFORE HANDLING THE RF BOARD.
4-40 1/4" (6.4mm) ZINC PAN HEAD SCREW
4-40 SPLIT LOCK WASHER
KBPF3 BOARD
NO LOCK WASHER
BETWEEN KBPF3 BOARD
AND STANDOFF
Figure 4. Mounting the KPBF3 Board.
Replace both bottom covers using the 4-40 black pan head screws you removed earlier. Note that three
locations take the 4-40 1/4” (6.4 mm) black pan head screws with lock washers as shown in Figure 2 while the
remainder are 4-40 3/16” (4.8 mm) screws . Be sure these are in the correct locations!
CAUTION!
Failure to replace the three 1/4” (6.4 mm) screws with their lock washers in the
locations shown in Figure 2 may destroy power transistors in your K3!
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Turn the K3 right side up to replace the top cover. Hold the top cover above the K3 and plug the speaker
wire into P25 on the KIO3 board at the left rear of the K3 as shown in Figure 5.
KIO3 BOARD
IN BACK LEFT
CORNER OF
CHASSIS
ORIENT
CONNECTOR
AS SHOWN
TO SPEAKER
Figure 5. Connecting Speaker Cable.
Position the top cover on the K3. Note that the tab on the back center goes under the rear lip of the K3 rear
panel. Secure the top cover with the nine 4-40 3/16” (4.8 mm) black flat head screws you removed earlier.
REPLACE ALL THE SCREWS!
The K3's chassis has excellent rigidity despite its light weight. The screws that hold the top
cover in place are an important part of the structural design. Be sure to replace all the
screws and verify they are tight whenever you replace the cover or other panels
Enable the KBPF3 using the C O N F I G menu as described in the Owner’s Manual.
This completes the installation of the KBPF3 module in your K3 transceiver.
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