ECO 01908
ELECRAFT K3
HIGH-PERFORMANCE 160 – 6 METER
TRANSCEIVER
KRX3A
HIGH-PERFORMANCE SUB RECEIVER
INSTALLATION AND OPERATION
Rev. G, March 17, 2015
Copyright © 2015, Elecraft, Inc.
All Rights Reserved
Contents
See Appendix A to install or change crystal filters in a previously assembled KRX3A
Introduction............................................................................................................................................... 3 Customer Service and Support ............................................................................................................................ 4 Technical Assistance ....................................................................................................................................... 4 Repair / Alignment Service ............................................................................................................................. 4 Preventing Electrostatic Discharge Damage ............................................................................................ 5 How ESD Damage Occurs .................................................................................................................................. 5 Preventing ESD Damage ..................................................................................................................................... 5 Preparing for Installation .......................................................................................................................... 6 Tools and Supplies Required............................................................................................................................... 6 Parts Included ...................................................................................................................................................... 7 Circuit Boards and Enclosure .......................................................................................................................... 7 KRX3A Hardware Bag E850334 .................................................................................................................... 8 E850344 TMP-BNC Cable Bag ...................................................................................................................... 9 E850249 I.F. Crystal Filter Bag (or Box)...................................................................................................... 10 E850249 I.F. Crystal Filter Bag (or Box)...................................................................................................... 10 Installation Procedure ............................................................................................................................. 11 Installing the Auxiliary DSP Board .................................................................................................................. 12 Checking and Modifying Resistor R91 and DAC Input Circuits ...................................................................... 21 Installing the KRX3A Module Supports ........................................................................................................... 22 Installing the Auxiliary KSYN3A Synthesizer ................................................................................................. 23 Auxiliary KRX3A Antenna Input (Optional) .................................................................................................... 26 Installing the Auxiliary KRX3A Antenna Input via the KAT3 .................................................................... 26 Installing the Auxiliary KRX3A Antenna Input Via the Rear Panel BNC Connector.................................. 27 Assembling the KRX3A Sub receiver Module ................................................................................................. 31 Installing the KRX3A Sub Receiver Module .................................................................................................... 36 Final Assembly.................................................................................................................................................. 43 Removing the KRX3A Module .............................................................................................................. 45 Operation ................................................................................................................................................ 46 Preparing for Operation ..................................................................................................................................... 46 Using the Sub Receiver ..................................................................................................................................... 47 Dedicated Sub Receiver Controls ................................................................................................................. 47 BSET: Additional Sub Receiver Controls ..................................................................................................... 47 Sub Receiver Antenna Selection ................................................................................................................... 47 Sub Receiver Band Independence ................................................................................................................. 47 Diversity Receive .......................................................................................................................................... 48 Sub Receiver Crystal Filter Considerations .................................................................................................. 48 SPLIT Mode with the Sub Receiver ............................................................................................................. 48 Appendix A: Installing Crystal Filters in the KRX3A Sub Receiver……..………..…………………A1
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Introduction
If your KRX3A is already installed in your K3, turn to Using the Sub Receiver on page 47 for
operating instructions.
The KRX3A sub receiver features specifications identical to the main K3 receiver including up to five roofing
filters and an independent, dedicated DSP system. The sub receiver can tune the same range of frequencies as
the main receiver, including frequencies outside of the Amateur bands when it is equipped with the optional
KBPF3 general coverage filter board.
The KRX3A has three major components as shown installed in a K3 in Figure 1. The shielded enclosure
contains the main KRX3A board, mixer and noise blanker pony boards, optional KBPF3 general coverage filter
board and roofing filters that you will assemble and mount in the enclosure.
Only a few basic tools are required to assemble the components and install them in the K3 (see page 6).
Figure 1. KRX3A Sub Receiver Installed in K3.
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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
831-763-4211. 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.
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.
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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. Those low-voltage but
destructive discharges easily happen anywhere and in almost any environment.
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.
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.
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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 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 and Supplies 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 pliers or a 1/4” nut driver.
3. Side (diagonal) cutters.
4. Long nose pliers.
5. Soft cloth or clean, soft static dissipating pad to lay cabinet panels on to avoid scratching.
6. Approximately 2.5” (6.4 cm) of transparent tape such as Scotch MagicTM mending tape (will be used
as shown in Figure 44 on page 37).
The following tools are strongly recommended:
1. ESD wrist strap.
2. Static dissipating work pad.
You may need the following in order to install a single resistor on the main RF board (See Checking and
Modifying Resistor R91 and DAC Input Circuits on page 21 to determine if you will need to install this part.)
1. Digital multimeter capable of measuring in resistance values.
2. Fine-tip temperature-controlled ESD-safe soldering station with 700 to 800F tip (370-430C).
Recommend a spade tip approx. 0.05” (1.3 mm) wide. Do not use a high-wattage iron or soldering gun
since this can damage pads, traces, or the parts themselves.
3. IC-grade, small-diameter (.031”) solder (Kester #44 or equivalent).
DO NOT use acid-core solder, water-soluble flux solder, additional flux or solvents of any
kind. Use of any of these will void your warranty.
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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 page 4).
Circuit Boards and Enclosure
Note: Some pins on the male connectors may have been removed and some holes in the female connectors may
have been plugged. This is intentional to help you align the connectors properly during assembly.
ILLUSTRATION
DESCRIPTION
Auxiliary DSP Printed Circuit Board
Assembly
QTY.
ELECRAFT
PART NO.
1
E850234
1
E850638
1
E850276
1
E850257
1
E850280
ESD Sensitive. Follow ESD safe handling
procedures. Keep in ESD-safe bag until installed.
KSYN3A Synthesizer
Printed Circuit Board Assembly
ESD Sensitive. Follow ESD safe handling
procedures. Keep in ESD-safe bag until installed.
One pin on the multi-pin connector has been
removed intentionally.
KRX3A Main Printed Circuit Board
Assembly
ESD Sensitive. Follow ESD safe handling
procedures. Keep in ESD-safe bag until installed.
K3 Mixer Board
ESD Sensitive.
KNB3 Noise Blanker Board
ESD Sensitive.
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QTY.
ELECRAFT
PART NO.
1
E850331
KNB3 SUBOUT Board
1
E850332
KRX3A Enclosure, Top (with tall
standoffs)
1
E100334
KRX3A Enclosure, Bottom (with short
standoffs)
1
E100334
DESCRIPTION
QTY.
ELECRAFT
PART NO.
TMP Cable 5” (13 cm)
2
E100282
TMP Cable 10” (25 cm)
2
E850338
TMP Cable 12” (30 cm)
1
E850339
Circular Foam Pad (Self-Adhesive: Do not
remove protective backing until instructed to
do so)
1
E700053
Battery Cover
1
E100343
Resistor, 27 ohm (red-violet-black)
1/8 watt
1
E500336
Standoff, Metal, 4-40 7/8” (22 mm)
2
E700156
Standoff, Metal, 4-40, 1/2” (13 mm)
2
E700061
Standoff, Metal, 4-40, 3/8” (9.5 mm)
2
E700153
Standoff, Metal, 4-40, 1/4” (6.4 mm)
4
E700152
Standoff, Nylon, 5/8” (15.9 mm)
1
E700163
ILLUSTRATION
DESCRIPTION
KNB3 SUBIN Board
ESD Sensitive.
KRX3A Hardware Bag E850334
ILLUSTRATION
Typical Standoffs
(May be round or hexagonal)
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QTY.
ELECRAFT
PART NO.
Standoff, Hex Male/Female, 7/16” (11mm)
3
E700017
Unthreaded Sleeve Spacer, 7/8” (22 mm)
2
E700161
Screw, Zinc, Pan Head 4-40 1/4” (6.8mm)
8
E700005
Screw, Black, Pan Head, 4-40, 1/2” (13 mm)
2
E700030
Screw, Black, Pan Head, 4-40, 3/16” (4.8 mm)
4
E700015
Screw, Zinc, Pan Head, 4-40, 1-1/2” (38 mm)
4
E700157
Note: 1/2” (13mm) long screws (E700022)
may be supplied instead.
3
E700166
Lock Washer, 4-40, Split
33
E700004
Lock Washer, #4, Interior Tooth
4
E700010
Knurled Nut, 4-40
2
E700158
QTY
ELECRAFT
PART NO.
TMP Cable 14” (36 cm) with BNC
Connector with nut and lock washer
1
E850342
Screw, Black, Pan head 4-40, 3/8” (9.5 mm)
1
E700008
Lock Washer, #4, Inside Tooth
1
E700010
Nut, 4-40
1
E700011
ILLUSTRATION
DESCRIPTION
Screw, Nylon, Pan Head 4-40, 1/4” (6.8 mm)
E850344 TMP-BNC Cable Bag
ILLUSTRATION
DESCRIPTION
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E850249 I.F. Crystal Filter Bag (or Box)
NOTE: If the optional 8-pole 2.8K filter is purchased instead (see next item) this filter is not supplied.
ILLUSTRATION
DESCRIPTION
QTY
ELECRAFT
PART NO.
1
E850249
KFL3A-2.7K Filter
Note: This filter is not supplied if you
purchased the optional 8-pole 2.8 kHz
filter with your K3 kit.
or
or
Screw, 4-40, either 1/4” (6.4 mm) Zinc,
Pan Head or 3/16” (4.8 mm) Black Pan
Head screw.
1
Lock Washer, #4, Interior Tooth or Split
Ring
1
E700005 or
E700015
E700010 or
E700004
E850249 I.F. Crystal Filter Bag (or Box)
OPTION: Not supplied unless ordered. Otherwise the standard 5-pole filter (above) is supplied.
DESCRIPTION
QTY
ELECRAFT
PART NO.
KFL3A-2.8K Filter (optional, see above)
1
E850249
Screw, 4-40, either 1/4” (6.4 mm) Zinc,
Pan Head or 3/16” (4.8 mm), Black Pan
Head screw.
1
Lock Washer, #4, Interior Tooth or Split
Ring
1
ILLUSTRATION
or
or
10
E700005 or
E700015
E700010 or
E700004
Installation Procedure
K3 KIT BUILDERS: If you were directed here to install the KRX3A Sub receiver as part of the
initial K3 assembly, remove the top cover as shown below, and then go directly to Checking and Modifying
Resistor R91 on page 21 since you have already installed the Auxiliary DSP board.
Disconnect power and all cables from your K3.
Remove the nine screws to free the top cover as shown in Figure 2. 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. If you have the K144XV 2-meter option installed, slip the speaker wire under the chassis stiffener
bar that runs across the top of the K3 along the depression in the top of the K144XV module.
Figure 2. 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 5 for
more information.
Remove the chassis stiffener bar that runs across the top of the K3 (see Figure 3)
Figure 3. Removing the Chassis Stiffener Bar.
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If your K3 has the K144XV 2-meter option installed, remove the three 6-32 black flat head screws holding
it to the left side panel (see Figure 4). Unplug the cables going to the K144XV module. The red power wire
plugs into a connector on the main RF board. Unplug it and set it aside with the module.
Figure 4. Removing the K144XV Module.
Installing the Auxiliary DSP Board
If the auxiliary DSP board is already installed in your K3, skip the following steps and go directly to Checking
and Modifying Resistor R91 and DAC Input Circuits on page 20.
Stand the K3 on its side feet, remove the six screws shown in Figure 5 and lift the left side panel off. Set the
side panel aside in a safe place to avoid scratches.
Figure 5. Removing the Left Side Panel.
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Remove the screw shown in Figure 6. It is located directly behind the front panel microphone connector.
There may be a lock washer under the screw. If so, save it with the screw. Removing the screw ensures the pc
boards on the front panel assembly will have adequate clearance when the front panel assembly is removed in a
later step. Remove only the screw shown. Leave the other screw in place as shown in the figure.
Figure 6. Removing the 2D Screw.
Remove the three screws securing the top of the front panel assembly as shown in Figure 7.
Figure 7. Removing Front Panel Mounting Screws.
Turn the K3 upside down. Place it on a clean, soft surface to avoid scratching the top of the front or rear
panels.
Refer to Figure 8 and remove screws 1 through 7, then lift the forward section of the bottom cover off. Put
it in a safe place to avoid scratches.
Figure 8. Removing Bottom Cover and Front Panel Screws.
Refer to Figure 8 and remove screws 8 and 9.
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CAUTION
Before continuing on with the next step, be sure you have removed the three top Front
Panel Assembly screws shown in Figure 7. You may bend and damage the front panel or
shield assemblies if the screws are not removed!
Use a screwdriver in the pry tool openings to press back against the circuit board while pushing the lip on
the front panel assembly toward the front as shown in Figure 9. Do not insert the screwdriver any farther
than necessary to avoid damaging components! When you have the front panel assembly free, set the main
chassis aside in a safe place.
Figure 9. Separating the Front Panel Assembly from the Chassis.
On the front panel, remove the knurled nut from the
PHONES jack directly above the MIC connector. Be
very careful not to scratch the paint on the front panel.
Place the front panel assembly face down on a
smooth, clean soft surface to avoid scratches to the LCD
cover or front panel paint
Figure 10. Phones Jack Knurled Nut.
Remove the three screws and split lock washers shown in Figure 11.
Figure 11. Removing Main DSP Board.
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With the three screws removed, the main DSP board is held on to the front panel board by two multi-pin
connectors. Slip your finger tips between the boards and pull the main DSP board away from the front panel
board to unplug it.
A large, thick spacer washer should be
lying on the front panel near the hole for the
phones jack (see Figure 12). This spacer fits
between the phones jack and the back of the
front panel board to provide a solid mechanical
ground connection when the boards are in place.
Remove the washer and set it aside. If it is lying
on the inside of the front panel you can tip the
panel so it will slide out at the end.
If your kit was supplied with 1/4”
6.4mm) long nylon screws, skip this step. If
you have 1/2” (13mm) nylon screws, cut all
three of them to length as follows:
Screw three 4-40 nuts onto the 1/2”
(13 mm) 4-40 nylon screw as
shown in Figure 13.
Cut off the nylon screw flush with
the last nut. Sharp diagonal cutters
or a knife will cut the nylon.
After cutting, remove all three nuts.
(The nuts establish the correct
length for the screw and “clean up”
the thread where you cut the
screw.)
Figure 12. Phones Jack Washer.
Figure 13. Cutting 1/2” (13mm) Nylon Screws.
CAUTION
The boards are especially vulnerable to ESD damage when unplugged. Wear a
wrist strap or touch an unpainted metal ground frequently when handling the
boards to avoid ESD damage. See Preventing Electrostatic Discharge Damage on page 5
for more information.
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Mount the three standoffs on the component side of the main DSP board as shown in Figure 14. Be sure
that:



The standoffs are on the component side of the board as shown.
No lock washer is used between the standoff and the board.
One lock washer is used between the nut and the board.
Figure 14. Installing Standoffs on the main DSP Board.
Check to see if the nylon standoff shown below near J51 is mounted on the main DSP board. If not, install
the nylon standoff supplied with your KRX3A parts as shown below. Be sure you place it in the correct hole
near the corner of the board.
CAUTION
To avoid damaging a circuit trace very close to the metal ring around the screw hole,
position the lock washer under the screw so the split faces away from the trace. Tighten the
hardware by turning the standoff while holding the screw and lock washer stationary. Do
not over-tighten the screw. It is easy to strip the threads in the nylon standoff.
Figure 15. Installing Nylon Standoff on Main DSP Board.
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Locate resistor R3 on the front panel board (the board still mounted on the front panel assembly). If R3 is
positioned above the board on its leads as shown in Figure 16, push it over to one side of the outline as shown.
Be sure you don’t push it so far its leads might touch the solder pads for other components on the board.
Figure 16. Positioning R3 on the Front Panel Board.
Check the VFO B encoder and trim the pins as shown below if they haven’t been trimmed already to ensure
they cannot short against the main DSP board. If trimming is needed, remove the encoder to ensure clipped ends
don’t get lost in the front panel assembly. To remove the encoder, loosen the set screws and remove the knob,
then remove the felt washer and nut and lift the encoder out. You need trim only the five pins shown close to the
back of the pc board. Replace the encoder by reversing the process. Be sure the spacer nut on the inside is tight
against the shoulder of the ferrule.
Figure 17. Checking and Trimming the VFO B Encoder Pins.
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Plug the aux DSP board into the main DSP board by mating P52 and P53 on the aux DSP board (at the
narrow end) with J52 and J53 on the main DSP board. When seated, the connectors should be fully engaged
with the aux DSP board resting against the standoffs with the holes in the board aligned for the screws (See
Figure 18). Note that a two-row 10-pin connector at the top of the aux DSP board does not mate with anything
on the main DSP board. That is normal. Attach the boards with three 4-40 1/4” (6.4 mm) nylon screws or the
nylon screws you trimmed to length earlier (see Figure 13). Place a split lock washer under each screw head. Do
not place washers between the standoff and the pc board. Be careful tightening the nylon screws. Their threads
strip easily!
Figure 18. Mating the Main and Auxiliary DSP Boards.
Mount the DSP board assembly on the front panel board as follows.
ESD SENSITIVE: Wear a grounded wrist strap or touch an unpainted metal ground
before touching the DSP or front panel boards.
Place the front panel assembly face down on a soft, clean surface to protect the finish. The back
side of the front panel board should be facing upward.
Position the large flat washer on the inside of the front panel over the PHONES jack hole (see
Figure 10 on page 14). This is easily done by sliding the washer into place from the end of the
front panel.
Gently position the DSP board assembly on the front panel board so that the large jack fits
through the cutout in the front panel board with the threaded section passing through the large
flat washer and the circular opening in the front panel. Adjust the position of the board as
needed so you can see the standoffs on the front panel board lined up with the screw holes in the
main DSP board. The nylon standoff next to J51 rests against the front panel board, but is not
attached to it.
Pick up the assembly while holding the DSP assembly board in place and inspect the position of
the two male plugs on the DSP board. They should mate with J31 and J32 on the front panel
board. J31 is near the encoder for VFO A and J32 is between the two dual potentiometers.
Adjust the position of the DSP board as needed so the pins enter the corresponding holes in the
sockets on the front panel board.
Squeeze the boards together while ensuring the pins are mating with the connectors until the
DSP board is resting against the three standoffs on the back of the front panel board that you
installed earlier. The two connectors will not mate completely. About 1/4” (6.4mm) of the pins
may be visible when the DSP board is positioned against the standoffs.
(Continued on Next Page)
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If R3 was positioned above the board on its leads, look between the DSP boards and the front
panel board to verify that the leads are not touching any terminals on either the aux DSP or front
panel boards (see Figure 19). If necessary, unplug the DSP board assembly and adjust the
position of R3 to ensure the leads are clear of other solder pads before proceeding.
Figure 19. Checking Position of R3.
Replace the three 4-40 1/4” (6.4 mm) zinc pan head screws you removed earlier with a split lock washer
under each screw head (see Figure 11 on page 14).
Replace the knurled nut on the PHONES jack (see Figure 10 on page 14).
Turn the chassis upside down and position the front panel so the pins of P30 and P35 on the bottom of the
RF board just begin to engage the connectors on the lower edge of the front panel assembly as shown in Figure
20). Do not fully mate them yet.
Figure 20. Mounting Front Panel Assembly - Mating P30 and P35.
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Hold the front panel in place against the chassis assembly and turn the unit over to look at the two multipin connectors on the top of the RF board. See if they are engaging the corresponding connectors on the front
panel assembly (see Figure 21). Adjust the position of the RF board or the front panel assembly to ensure they
are mating properly.
Figure 21. Mounting Front Panel Assembly - Mating P50 and P51.
With the pins of all four connectors started, press the front panel onto the RF board connectors. Press only
from the bottom of the front panel to avoid flexing the RF board. You can use your fingers to press on the back
side of each multi-pin connector on the top of the RF board while holding the front panel to engage them. There
may be small areas of pins showing even after they are mated. You will know they are properly mated when the
screw holes on the bottom lip of the front panel assembly line up with the screw holes in the 2D fasteners on the
bottom of the RF board.
Secure the front panel assembly at the bottom lip to the 2D fasteners at the forward edge of the RF board
with the two 4-40 3/16” (4.8 mm) black pan head screws you removed earlier. No lock washers are used on the
external case screws.
Fasten the top of the front panel assembly with three 4-40 3/16” (4.8 mm) black flat head screws (see
Figure 7 on page 13).
Replace the 3/16” (4.8 mm) black pan head screw and, if used, lock washer in the 2D fastener (see Figure 6
on page 13).
Replace the left side panel (with the handle) as follows:
Start the six 4-40 3/16” (4.8 mm) black flat head screws through the panel: three along the bottom, one
at the top rear, one at the top front, and one just below the front end of the handle. There will be one
empty screw hole for the attachment to the chassis stiffener. That will be replaced later. It is normal to
adjust the position of the panels slightly when assembling so the screw holes line up. The cabinet will
become structurally sound and rigid when all the panels, including the top and bottom covers, are
mounted.
Tighten all six screws. Be sure all the screws are tight, including the screw near the forward end of
the handle that threads into the front panel shield.
Leave the bottom cover off for now. You will need access to that area of the RF board later.
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Checking and Modifying Resistor R91 and DAC Input Circuits
The value of resistor R91 must be 22 ohms. Perform the following procedure to check the value of the resistor
and, if needed, reduce its value by adding a 27 ohm resistor in parallel with it. Two traces must be cut to ensure
the Digital to Analog Converters (DACs) receive the proper signal levels.
Turn the K3 upside down. Place it on a clean, soft surface to avoid scratching the case.
If the forward section of the bottom cover is not already off, remove it as shown in Figure 8 on page 13.
Locate R91. It is a small surface-mount resistor near the front center of the RF board (see Figure 22).
Use your DMM to measure the resistance across R91 in the circuit. If the resistance is about 22 ohms, you
do not need to add the leaded resistor. Go directly to the next step below. If the resistance is near 100 ohms,
install the 27 ohm (red-violet-black) 1/8-watt resistor as shown in Figure 22. The pads shown were chosen to
make installation easier than trying to solder directly to both ends of R91. Take care not to use more heat or
solder than necessary to avoid damaging the board or forming solder bridges across R91 or to other pads.
Figure 22. R91 Modification.
Check to see if the traces shown below have been cut. They are on the bottom of the RF board in the area to
the left of R91 with the front panel facing toward you (see Figure 22, above). If not, cut them as shown. This
modification ensures the digital-to-analog converters (DACs) always receive the proper signal levels. It has been
incorporated into all later K3s. Confirm the traces are cut using your DMM. It should indicate an open circuit,
just as if your meter leads were not connected to anything.
Figure 23. Cut Traces.
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Installing the KRX3A Module Supports
Install two standoffs on the K3 RF board (the large board filling the bottom of the K3) as shown in Figure
24. One standoff is mounted next to battery BT1 and the other is mounted next to FL1. Be sure to use two lock
washers between the standoffs and the board as shown. They are required to obtain the proper height.
Figure 24. Mounting Standoffs on the K3 RF Board.
Replace the forward bottom cover using seven 3/16” (4.8 mm) black pan head screws (see Figure 8 on
page 13).
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Installing the Auxiliary KSYN3A Synthesizer
Remove the KSYN3A board from its ESD protective packaging. Inspect the back of the board for long
leads, especially those associated with the mini-connector and U8 near the top of the board. Carefully trim these
leads flush with the board as shown in Figure 25.
Figure 25. Checking and Trimming the Synthesizer Leads
CAUTION
The objective of trimming any long leads is to be certain no bare leads touch the front
panel shield when the board is installed in the next step. Do not add spacers or insulating
material between the board and the front panel shield. It is important for proper
shielding of the circuits that the board sits very close to the front panel shield.
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Locate the four coaxial TMP cables supplied and sort them by length. There are two 5” (13 cm), two 10”
(25 cm) and one 12” (30 cm) cables. These are approximate measurements measured from the tip of one
connector to the other. Check the cables as shown in Figure 26 to ensure there are no excess strands of the center
conductor extending beyond the tip of the connector. .
Figure 26. TMP Cable Connectors.
CAUTION
When inserting or removing the TMP connectors, always use the grip as shown in
Figure 26. Pulling on the black cable may rip it out of the connector.
Plug one end of a 10” (25 cm) cable into J84 and one end of a second 10” (25 cm) cable into J4 near the
bottom of the auxiliary KSYN3A synthesizer board. The other ends of the cable s will be connected later.
Installing them now is much easier than after the KSYN3A board in mounted in t he K3.
Figure 27. Connecting TMP Cables to the KSYN3A Synthesizer.
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Install the Auxiliary KSYN3A board on the back of the front panel shield between the KREF3 board and
the side panel as shown in Figure 28.The two cables attached to the KSYN3A board will be attached later.
Figure 28. Installing the Auxiliary KSYN3A Board.
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Auxiliary KRX3A Antenna Input (Optional)
Normally, the KRX3A sub receiver will share whatever antenna is in use by the K3 main receiver.
If you plan to use the KRX3A sub receiver to listen on one band while the main K3 receiver is on another band
sharing the same antenna, there are limitations on the combinations of bands you can choose because of the
effect of the bandpass filters used by the main K3 receiver. See Sub Receiver Antenna Selection on page 47 for
details.
The KRX3A has an Auxiliary Antenna input that you can use to have a separate antenna input to the KRX3A
rather than share the common main receiver antenna. There are two ways to route a separate antenna input to the
KRX3A.
1. You may bring out the KRX3A Auxiliary Antenna input to a BNC connector on the K3 rear panel
directly below the ANT2 connector. This is the preferred way to connect an isolated receive-only
antenna to the sub receiver.
2. If you have the optional KAT3 installed, you may have the KRX3A sub receiver use the antenna
connected to ANT1 or ANT2 that is not being used by the K3 transmitter and main receiver. A relay in
the KAT3 switches the antenna. For example, if ANT1 is selected for the K3 transmitter and main
receiver, the KRX3A Auxiliary Antenna input will be connected to ANT2. This arrangement requires
well isolated antennas on all bands, otherwise the carrier-operated relay may switch during keying on
some bands. This will compromise QSK operation and may inject noise into your transmitted signal.
See Sub Receiver Antenna Selection on page 47for more information.
Only one of these options can be installed at a time. You can use the front panel menu controls to select either
the antenna shared with the main receiver or the optional antenna input you have installed.
If you do not want to install an optional auxiliary antenna input, go directly to Assembling the KRX3A Sub
receiver Module on page 31 to continue with installing your KRX3A.
Installing the Auxiliary KRX3A Antenna Input via the KAT3
This option requires that you have a KAT3 Automatic Antenna Tuner installed.
With this option, the antenna connected to ANT1 or ANT2 that is not being used by the K3 transmitter and
receiver is connected to the KRX3A auxiliary antenna input. If you switch between ANT1 and ANT2 at the
front panel, the input not used by the K3 transmitter and main receiver is automatically switched to the KRX3A
auxiliary antenna input.
Locate the 12” (30 cm) TMP cable.
Connect one end of the TMP cable to J43 on the KAT3 board (see Figure 29). J43 is next to the mounting
screw for the standoff in the corner of the board.
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Route the cable across the back of the K3. When the KRX3A module is installed, it will connect to the
KRX3A at a point directly in front of the KIO3 board in the left rear side of the K3. If you have the KPA3 100
watt option installed, route the cable between the fans and heat shield and out through the hole in the KPA3
shield as shown in Figure 29. The loose end will be connected later.
Figure 29. Optional KRX3A Antenna TMP Cable to KAT3.
Go directly to Assembling the KRX3A Sub receiver
Module on page 31 to continue with the installation.
Installing the Auxiliary KRX3A Antenna Input Via the Rear Panel BNC Connector
With this option the KRX3A Auxiliary Antenna input is routed to a BNC connector on the K3 rear panel.
Remove the hardware securing the heat sinks of U13 and U12 to the right side panel (see Figure 30). Be
careful not to lose the lock washers inside the K3.
Figure 30. U12 and U13 Hardware.
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Remove the screw holding the KANT3 (or, if installed, the optional KAT3) board to the standoff and the
screw holding the 2D fastener to the rear panel near the SO239 antenna connector shown in Figure 31. Do not
lose the lock washer inside the K3. It is easier to keep the hardware from falling inside if you set the K3 on its
side feet and remove the screw and lock washer holding the KANT3 or KAT3 board first, then set it on its
bottom feet and remove the flat head screw from the 2D fastener.
Figure 31. Removing Side Panel Hardware, Part 1.
Remove the five screws shown in Figure 32 from the right side panel to release it. Screw 5, which holds the
end of the stiffener bar, already will be out if you’re performing the initial installation of the KRX3A. The side
panel will lift off with the 2D fastener and standoff shown in Figure 31 attached.
Figure 32. Removing Side Panel Hardware, Part 2.
Remove the dummy plug from the AUX RF connector hole in the back panel directly below the SO-239
ANT2 connector. The plug is released by squeezing two tabs on opposite sides.
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Check the BNC-TMP cable assembly to see if the nut and lock washer are already threaded onto the BNC
connector. If so, remove them completely, working carefully to slide them over the ground braid and lug. (Lay
the lug attached to the ground braid along the cable to slide the parts over it.)
The dense, highly scratch-resistant powder coating on the rear panel may interfere with the fit of the BNC
connector through the hole. Remove the coating around the inside edge of hole using a hobby knife or other
sharp tool (see Figure 33).
Figure 33. Installing AUX RF Connector, Part 1.
If you have the KAT3 option installed, there will be an SO-239 connector in the ANT2 location. If so,
remove the lower screw, lock washer and nut as shown in Figure 33A.
Thread the BNC/TMP cable through the AUX RF connector hole in the back panel as shown in Figure 33A.
Place the nut and lock washer over the cable as shown.
Slide the lock washer and thread the nut onto the BNC as it comes through the rear panel hole as shown in
Figure 33B. There is not enough clearance next to the circuit board to install them after pushing the connector
all the way through the hole. Align the flat on the side of the BNC connector with the flat on the top of the hole.
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Mount the solder lug attached to the braid as shown in Figure 34, using a 4-40 3/8” (9.5 MM) black pan
head screw, #4 inside tooth lock washer and 4-40 nut. If you do not have a KAT3 installed, there will be no
connector in the ANT2 hole. In that case, the solder lug is directly against the unpainted inside surface of the
rear panel.
Figure 34. Installing AUX RF Connector, Part 2
Thread the coaxial cable between the edge of the KANT3 or KAT3 board and the rear panel as shown. If
you have the KPA3 option installed, push the cable under the circuit breaker on the fan panel at an upward angle
so it crosses the fans above the KAT3 amplifier module circuit board and out through the hole in the KPA3
shield as shown in Figure 35.
Figure 35. Routing TMP Cable to Rear Panel AUX RF Connector with KPA3 Installed.
Replace the right side panel on the K3, installing the 4-40 3/16” flat head screws shown in Figure 32 except
for screw number 5. It will be replaced later with the stiffener bar.
Replace the 4-40 1/4” (6.4 mm) zinc pan head screw and washer that holds the KAT3 board to the standoff
as shown in Figure 31.
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Replace the 4-40, 3/16” (4.8 mm) black flat head screw that secures the back panel to the 2D fastener as
shown in Figure 31.
Replace the two 4-40 3/8” (9.6 mm) black flat head screws, lock washers and nuts to secure the heat sinks
of U13 and U12 to the side panel as shown in Figure 30.
Assembling the KRX3A Sub receiver Module
Install four standoffs on the bottom half of the KRX3A shield assembly as shown in Figure 36. The bottom
of the shield has the shorter permanently mounted standoffs. The standoffs you install go on the same side of the
shield as the permanent standoffs. There are extra holes in the shield. Be sure you put the standoffs in the correct
locations and that the standoffs with the long screws are in the positions shown.
Figure 36. Mounting Standoffs on Shield Bottom.
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Install four standoffs on the KRX3A main circuit board as shown in Figure 37. Be careful to use the correct
length standoff and the exact combination of washers shown in each location, and carefully follow the
instructions for installing the standoff at E5 to avoid damaging the board.
Figure 37. Installing Standoffs on the KRX3A Main PC Board.
Check to ensure that you installed all four standoffs exactly as shown in Figure 37 above.
Locate the crystal I.F. filters. Two types of filters are available: standard 5-pole filters and optional 8-pole
filters (see Figure 38). One standard 5-pole 2.7 kHz filter is supplied. If you have elected to equip your K3 with
the optional 8-pole 2.8 kHz filter, it has been supplied instead of the 2.7 kHz filter. If you have purchased
additional filters, they may be installed now as well. If you plan to add filters later, spaces may be left for them.
For example, if you plan to add the FM or a 6 kHz AM filter later, you can leave spaces FL1 and FL2 open for
them and install the 2.8 kHz filter in position FL3. The filters are not hard to move about later, so if you aren’t
sure, install the widest at FL1, the next widest at FL2 and so on.
You can add or change filters at any time. A complete, detailed procedure for doing so
after you assemble your K3 is included in Appendix A of this manual.
Enter the following data on Table 1. You will need this information to set up your filters after assembling
your K3. Be sure you’re following the rule described in the step above about the proper order for the filters.
Note that Table 1 is set up with FL1 to the right and FL5 to the left, just as they must be installed on the RF
board.
Enter the bandwidth of each filter in the row below the filter position in which it will be
installed.
(Continued on next page.)
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Enter the FREQ OFFSET shown on each filter. The optional 8-pole filters have no offset
marked on them. Enter a zero in the FREQ OFFSET column for those filters. On the 5-pole
filters the frequency offset may be negative, indicated by a minus sign (single dash) ahead
of the number.
Table 1. Installing Crystal Filters.
FL1 is to the right and FL5 is to the left. In the next step you will install the filters rightto-left on the KRX3A RF board as well.
POSITION
FL5
FL4
FL3
FL2
FL11
BANDWIDTH2
FREQ OFFSET3
1. If you’re installing the K-FL3B FM filter, place it in FL1 position since it is the widest
bandwidth filter available.
2. The bandwidth is shown in the label attached to the filters except the K-FL3B FM filter.
Record a bandwidth of 13 kHz for the K-FL3B FM filter.
3. All of the optional 8-pole filters have an offset of zero. Note that the 5-pole filters may
have a negative offset, indicated by a minus sign ahead of the number.
Install the filters on the KRX3A board as shown in Figure 38. Use the screw and lock washer supplied with
each filter. Refer to the list of filters you created in Table 1 to ensure each filter is installed in the proper
position. Four of a possible five filters are shown installed on the KRX3A board in Figure 39.
CAUTION
1) Do not use screws longer than 1/4” (6.4 mm) to mount the filters. Use your rule to
measure the screws before installing them. Longer screws may extend into the optional
8-pole filter and destroy it. We strongly recommend you use a screw no longer than 1/4”
(6.4mm) even when installing the 5-pole filters to reduce the possibility of damaging an
8-pole filter should you change them later.
2) Do not over-tighten the screws. Too much torque may pull the threaded bushing out of
the bottom of the filter module.
Figure 38. Installing Crystal I.F. Filters.
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Mount the Mixer and KNB3 boards on the main KRX3A board as shown in Figure 39. Be certain the
connector on each board is properly aligned and mated with the connector on the main KRX3A board. The
boards should be parallel to the KRX3A board. If they are tilted, check to ensure the correct number of washers
were installed under the standoffs and that you used the correct standoffs as shown in Figure 37.
Figure 39, Main KRX3A Board Ready for Installation.
Place the KRX3A main circuit board in the bottom shield so that the 1-1/2” screws extend through holes E7
and E13 on the KRX3A board. The two standoffs you mounted earlier should line up with holes E1 and E10 in
the board. Press the KRX3A main circuit board down against the standoffs. The board will “snap” into position
as the small bumps along the edges of the board slip into the holes in the sides of the shield. If some of the nubs
do not align with the holes in the shield, carefully file them flush with the board so they don’t push the sides of
the shield out of alignment. When properly positioned, the board will be against the standoffs in the shield.
Secure the KRX3A main circuit board to the standoffs at E1 and E10 with 4-40 3/16” (4.8 mm) black pan
head screws and #4 split lock washers as shown in Figure 40.
Figure 40. Mounting KRX3A Main PC Board on Bottom Shield.
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If you have the KPBF3 option, install the board now with 4-40 1/4” (6.4 mm) pan head screws and #4 split
lock washers as shown in Figure 41. These screws and washers are supplied with your KBPF3 option. Be sure
all three connectors on the KPBF3 are properly mated with their counterparts on the KRX3A board.
Figure 41. Mounting the KPBF3 Board.
Locate the sub receiver RF module top cover. It has a label with places to record the bandwidth (BW), and
frequency offset (FRQ) of each filter. Copy the information from Table 1. Note that the filters read right to left
on the label, just as they were installed on the pc board. Place a check mark by Sub (for sub receiver) on the
label. Use pencil in case you change your filters later. The label also has a row for Gain. This is a value you can
determine after your installation is finished to adjust the overall gain for each roofing filter so the audio remains
constant when switching from one filter to another. Making this adjustment is described under Filter Loss
Compensation in your K3 Owner’s manual.
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Place a 7/8” (22 mm) unthreaded sleeve over each of the long screws so they rest against the top of the
circuit board (see Figure 42), then place the top cover over the assembly and adjust its position so the edge of
the top fits inside the bottom and rests against the KRX3A main board on all sides. The long screws will pass
through holes in the top cover. Secure the top with knurled nuts tightened only enough to hold the cover in place
so it isn’t loose.
Figure 42. Installing the Shield Top.
Installing the KRX3A Sub Receiver Module
If you haven’t removed it already, remove the chassis stiffener bar. The stiffener is shown in Figure 7.
The exposed rim of Battery BT1 on the K3 main RF board must be insulated to prevent shorting against the
bottom of the KRX3A enclosure. A plastic battery cover is provided. Fold the battery cover as shown in Figure
43. Pinch the creases to set the bends to form a rectangular box with one open end, then wrap the cover with thin
transparent tape such as Scotch MagicTM mending tape (see Figure 44). The tape ensures the cover holds its
shape over time.
Figure 43. Folding the Battery Cover.
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Place the battery cover on BT1 on the K3 RF board as shown in Figure 44. Hint: gently squeeze the narrow
ends of the cover to make the sides bow outward to fit over the battery clip more easily. The cover is held in
place by friction against the battery holder and will be trapped under the KRX3A enclosure.
Figure 44. Installing the Battery Cover
Remove jumper W4 from connector J64A on the K3 RF board. J64A is near the KIO3 board as shown in
Figure 45. On some older RF boards, W4 is a jumper soldered between two pads on the board itself. If your
board has a hard-wired jumper, cut it with diagonal cutters and completely remove the ends so they cannot short
to the ground plane or nearby pads. If you ever want to operate your K3 with the KRX3A sub receiver removed,
make up a jumper and insert it in J64A as shown in the figure.
Figure 45. Jumper W4 on the K3 RF Board.
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Plug the SUBIN interface board into J64A on the K3 RF board as shown in Figure 46. J64A is directly in
front of the KIO3 board in the rear left corner of the K3. Be certain the connector on the SUBIN board is aligned
with J64A so all pins are engaged.
Figure 46. Mounting the SUBIN Interface Board.
Locate J64B on the K3 RF board. It is between the crystal filters and the front panel shield that holds the
KREF3 and KSYN3A boards. J64B should have a plug in the third hole matching a missing pin on the
SUBOUT connector P1 to ensure they are properly aligned.
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Plug the SUBOUT interface board in J64B on the K3 RF board as shown in Figure 47. J64B is between the
K3 roofing filters and the front panel. Be certain the SUBOUT board is aligned so all pins of P1 are engaged
with J64B.
Figure 47. Mounting the SUBOUT Interface Board.
Position the three TMP cables near the SUBOUT board as shown in Figure 47 so they will not interfere
with installing the KRX3A RF enclosure. Note how the cable you attached to J84 on the Auxiliary KSYN3A
board is placed between the roofing filters and the SUBOUT board. Avoid kinking the cables. Arrange them
with smooth bends. You may need to unplug one end of the cable and twist the coax slightly so it will lie in
smooth curves where needed.
If you have the K144XV 2-meter option with the K3EXREF phase lock option installed, connect one 6”
(15 cm) cable to J4 on the Main KSYN3A board (see Figure 48). The other end will be connected to the
K144XV module when you reinstall it later.
Connect the 10” (25 cm) TMP cable you connected to J4 on the Auxiliary KSYN3A earlier to J2 on the
main KSYN3A board (see Figure 48).
That will complete all of the cables shown in Figure 48 except the cable between J83 on the Auxiliary
KSYN3A and J1 on the KREF3 board. This will be installed after the KRX3 enclosure is installed. You
may wish to remove the existing cable between J2 on the KREF3 board and J83 on the main KSYN3A
board to provide better visibility when installing the KRX3A RF enclosure in the following steps.
Check the position of both the SUBOUT and SUBIN interface boards to be sure they are still fully seated in
their corresponding connectors on the K3 RF board.
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Check to ensure the battery cover is in place protecting the top of the battery from contact with the KRX3A
enclosure (see Figure 44). The top edge of the battery is the positive terminal, and touching the enclosure during
installation will short-circuit the battery.
Hold the assembled KRX3A module directly over the K3 and attach the TMP cables to J82 and J85 on the
module as shown in Figure 48.
Figure 48. TMP Cable Connection Pictorial Diagram.
If installed, attach the antenna cable connected to either the KAT3 or to the AUX RF BNC jack on the rear
panel to J92 at the end of the KRX3A as shown. This connector is angled upwards to provide clearance between
the connector and the KIO3 board when the unit is installed. Be certain the TMP connector is fully inserted in
J92. When the KRX3A module is installed the clearance between the connector and the nearby KIO3 board is
very small.
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With all the TMP cables attached, lower the KRX3A module into the K3 so that the connectors on the
KRX3A mate with the connectors on the SUBIN and SUBOUT interface boards (see Figure 49). The knurled
nuts are provided as handles to make holding the assembly easier. You may need to adjust the cables near the
SUBOUT board so they don’t interfere with mating the connectors. If the connection between J92 and the
KAT3 is used, form the excess cable into a loop in front of the KIO3 board.
Figure 49. Aligning the SUBIN and SUBOUT Connectors.
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Secure the KRX3A module to the two standoffs using 1-1/2” (38 mm) 4-40 pan head screws as shown in
Figure 50. The screws will pass through the internal standoffs and circuit board inside the enclosure and screw
into the standoffs you mounted on the K3 RF board earlier. Place an inside tooth lock washer under each screw
head.
Figure 50. Installing the KRX3A Enclosure.
Connect a 5” (13 cm) TMP cable between J1 on the KREF3 board and J83 on the Auxiliary KSYN3A
board (see Figure 48).
If you removed the cable between J2 on the KREF3 board and J83 and the Main KSYN3A synthesizer,
replace it now (Figure 48).
Double check all the TMP cables to ensure none were dislodged from their connectors or kinked tightly
while positioning the KRX3A module. The two cables attached to the K3 RF board are not visible, but should
not have been disturbed by installing the KRX3A. Pay particular attention to cables attached to the KREF3 and
KSYN3A boards. If needed, you can replace a dislodged cable without removing the KRX3A module using
needle nose pliers to hold the finger grip part of the connector.
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Final Assembly
Remove the covering over the self-adhesive side of the foam pad and press the adhesive side against the
speaker magnetic shield (see Figure 51). The pad will compress between the loudspeaker and the top of the
KRX3Aenclosure when the cover is installed.
Figure 51. Attaching the Speaker Pad.
Be sure the TPM cable between the KXREF3 and Main KSYN3A board does not lie on the area where the
speaker pad will press against the KRX3 top cover (see Figure 52). Tuck the cable down alongside the KRX3A
enclosure as shown.
Figure 52. Positioning TMP Cable to Avoid Interference with the Speaker Pad.
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If your K3 is equipped with the K144XV 2-meter option, refer to the K144XV manual to reconnect the
cables and remount the module on the left side panel. Route the power wire as shown in the K144XV manual so
it won’t be trapped between the speaker pad and the top of the KRX3A module. .
Replace the chassis stiffener bar using two 4-40 3/16” (4.8 mm) black flat head screws at the ends. If the
KPA3 is installed, attach the stiffener to the shield using two 4-40 1/4” (6.4 mm) screws with lock washers
under the screws (see Figure 3). Some stiffener bars do not have threaded PEM nuts attached. In that case,
secure the screws with the 4-40 nuts and lock washers that you removed.
Hold the top cover above the K3, route the speaker wire under the stiffener bar and plug it into P25 on the
KIO3 board at the left rear of the K3 as shown in Figure 53. If you have the K144XV 2-meter module installed,
there is an indentation in the top of the module where you can pass the speaker wire connector under the chassis
stiffener.
Figure 53. 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 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. Please be sure to replace all the
screws and verify they are tight whenever you replace the cover or other panels.
If you installed the optional AUX IN antenna connector on the rear panel, check to be sure
you replaced and tightened all the screws in the right side pane including the heat sink
screws for U12 and U13 and the top screw on the rear panel above the ANT connectors.
Turn to page 46 and perform the steps under Preparing for Operation. Your KRX3A sub receiver will
not operate correctly until you complete all the steps.
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Removing the KRX3A Module
You can remove the KRX3A Module by reversing the steps under Installing the KRX3A Sub Receiver Module,
above. It is not necessary to remove the Auxiliary DSP or the Auxiliary KSYN3A synthesizer boards to operate
the K3 without the sub receiver module in place, however, leave the KRX3A enabled in the MENU even though
you will see error messages relating to the missing KRX3A module when you switch POWER on. Tap
D I S P L AY to clear the error messages.
If you plan to apply power or operate the K3 with the sub receiver module removed, do the following.
Remove all the TMP cables that connect to the KRX3A module so their metal connectors cannot create
shorts by touching solder pads or other components inside the K3. If you have installed the AUX RF connector
and cable (see Installing the Auxiliary KRX3A Antenna Input Via the Rear Panel BNC Connector, page 27) it
cannot be easily removed. Carefully insulate the TMP connector, covering all of the metal parts with electrical
tape or other suitable material that you can remove easily later. Recommend you coil and secure the cable to the
rear panel or, if the KAT3 is installed, tape the cable to the KPA3 shield.
Replace jumper W4 in the connector shown in Figure 45. Be sure to put the jumper on the pins shown.
The main K3 receiver will not work until this jumper is installed.
CAUTION
Failure to remove the loose TMP cables as described above may result in short circuits and
extensive damage to your K3 when power is applied. If you have the TMP cable connecting
to the AUX RF connector on the rear panel, insulate the connector completely. Electrical
tape is a good choice. Tape the fully insulated connector end to the back panel or, (if a
KPA3 is installed) the KPA3 shield so it can’t bang around inside the K3.
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Operation
Preparing for Operation
If you installed the KRX3A sub receiver yourself, you must complete the following before you can operate the
sub receiver:
If you have external speakers connected to your K3, disconnect them and use the internal speaker for the
following procedure.
Enter the CONFIG menu and check the firmware revision level (FW REVS). You must have firmware 5.10
or later (higher number) installed. If you’ve not updated the firmware before, see Firmware Upgrades in your
K3 Owner’s manual for details. Be sure to check the box to load DSP2 for the KRX3A DSP board.
Enter MENU and locate SYN1 and SYN2. Verify that the display reads OK indicating the main (SYN1) and
auxiliary (SYN2) synthesizers are operating normally.
In CONFIG, set SPKRS to 1. (You will not hear any audio from the sub receiver if SPKRS is set to 2 as is
frequently done when listening to the main receiver with stereo headphones. After completing the following
steps, refer to the K3 Owner’s manual for more details about listening to both main and sub receivers using line
out, stereo phones or dual loudspeakers.)
In CONFIG, under KRX3A, select one of the following:
ANT=BNC: Specifies that the auxiliary antenna source for the KRX3A is the AUX RF BNC jack on the
rear panel. Use this setting if you connected the AUX RF input to the AUX RF BNC jack, or if you did not
connect anything to the AUX RF input.
ANT=ATU: Specifies that the auxiliary antenna source for the KRX3A is the ATU non-transmit antenna (1
or 2). Use this setting only if you connected the AUX RF input to the TMP jack on the KAT3.
When using the KRX3A auxiliary antenna source, you must have the correct TMP cable installed
between the KRX3A auxiliary antenna input and either the KAT3 or AUX RF BNC connector. See
Auxiliary KRX3A Antenna Input (Optional) on page 26 for details.
Refer to the data you recorded in Table 1on page 33 and set up the filters you have installed as described
under Configuration / Crystal Filter Setup in the K3 Owner’s Manual.
There are other optional calibration procedures and setup choices that you can do at any time, such as calibrating
the S-meter. These are also described in your K3 Owner’s Manual.
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Using the Sub Receiver
The KRX3A option adds an independent, highperformance sub receiver to the K3. It allows you
to monitor a second frequency, using different
bandwidths or modes. Diversity receive is possible
if the main and sub receivers use different antennas.
The sub receiver band cannot be set
independently unless CONFIG:VFO IND is set to
YES . If it is set to NO , you’ll see = MAIN when
you tap BAND during BSET, and the sub
receiver band will always be set the same as main.
Dedicated Sub Receiver Controls
Sub Receiver Antenna Selection
Tapping S U B turns on the sub receiver (and SUB
icon). VFO B then controls the sub receiver
frequency, and also serves as the TX frequency
during SPLIT.
The sub receiver gets its RF input either from the
main receiver (sharing ANT 1-2 or RX ANT IN), or
from its auxiliary antenna input (see your K3
Owner’s Manual, Main and Sub Receiver Antenna
Routing).
You should leave the sub turned off when not in
use. This turns off the -3 dB passive splitter used
when the sub receiver shares the main RX path.
When using B S ET , you can tap AN T to switch the
sub between MAIN (shared) and AU X (the sub
receiver AUX input). When MA IN is in effect, the
1 -2 and R X icons show which antenna the sub is
sharing with the main receiver. When AU X is in
effect, these icons will all be off (if
CONFIG:KRX3A is set for ANT=BNC ) or will
show the non-transmit ATU antenna, 1 or 2 (if
KRX3A is set for AN T=ATU ).
The VFOs may be linked (whether the sub receiver
is on or off) in the Configuration menu
(CONFIG;VFO LNK ON or OFF). The kHz decimal
point of VFO B flashes as a reminder. VFO A is the
master, moving both VFOs in tandem.
Holding S U B turns on diversity receive (see next
page). The kHz decimal point of VFO A flashes as
a reminder. VFO A controls both the main and sub
frequencies in diversity receive, but VFO B remains
independent so it can be used as the SPLIT transmit
frequency.
Shortcut: If you’re not in B S ET mode, you can
quickly switch the sub between M A IN and AUX by
holding R X AN T . (Tapping R X AN T turns RX
ANT on/off for the main path.)
The sub receiver AUX antenna must be wellisolated from the main (transmit) antenna to
avoid activating the carrier-operated relay in the
sub receiver.
SUB AF gain normally sets the sub receiver
volume level. Alternatively, SUB AF can be used
as a main/sub balance control (see CONFIG:SUB
AF). With stereo headphones or dual speakers,
you'll hear the sub on the right and main on the left.
Otherwise main and sub receiver audio are merged.
Using the AUX input for the sub receiver
slightly improves sensitivity of both the main and
sub receivers because the splitter is not used.
CONFIG:SPKRS must be set to 2 if you use
stereo speakers; otherwise, set it to 1.
Sub Receiver Band Independence
If CONFIG:VFO IND is set to YES , you can set
the sub receiver to a different band from main.
Hold B S E T , then tap B AN D up/down to select the
band. If you only use band-independence for the
sub receiver occasionally, you may want to assign
VFO IND to a programmable function switch (See
your K3 Owner’s Manual, Basic Operation,
Programmable Functions).
SUB RF gain normally sets the sub receiver RF
GAIN level. If this knob is assigned to main/sub
squelch (CONFIG:SQ MAIN), then both main and
sub RF gain are controlled by MAIN.
BSET: Additional Sub Receiver Controls
Normally, receive controls apply only to the main
receiver. This includes SHIFT, WIDTH, P R E ,
AT T N , etc., as well as M O D E . To change these
settings for the sub receiver, first hold B S E T . VFO
A will show B S ET , and the S-meter will show the
sub receiver signal level. After you’ve made the
desired sub receiver changes, tap A/ B or hold
B S E T to exit B S ET .
If the two receivers are sharing the main
antenna path, putting the sub receiver on a
higher-frequency band than main may result in
signal loss in the sub receiver. This is because the
sub receiver shares the low-pass filters in the main
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such as when adjusting crystal filter gain
compensation (CONFIG:FLx GN). The built-in trueRMS voltmeter is ideal for this purpose. Entering
diversity mode will allow you to tune both receivers
with VFO A, while VFO B displays the voltage (see
your K3 Owner’s Manual, VFO B Alternate
Displays).
receiver. To avoid sub receiver signal loss in this
case, use the AUX input.
When the main and sub receivers are used on
separate bands, some additional weak spurious
carriers may be heard in either receiver at certain
VFO A and B settings. (Both receivers have high
dynamic range, and use high-level signal sources
which cannot be perfectly shielded.) Such spurious
signals should be heard very rarely. If you
encounter one that is problematic, try using the
notch filter on the affected receiver."
Sub Receiver Crystal Filter Considerations
Like the main receiver, the sub has slots for up to
five crystal filters. For best dynamic range, we
strongly recommend the use of the narrowest filter
consistent with each operating mode. CW and
DATA operators should have at least one narrow
filter, e.g. 400 or 500 Hz, on each receiver.
For diversity receive, we recommend using
identical crystal filter configurations for the two
receivers. This will ensure that both receivers have
the same characteristics when strong QRM is
present.
You should also use crystal filters with closely
matched offsets (CONFIG:FLx FRQ). Otherwise,
you may hear a slow phase modulation (similar to a
beat note) between the two receivers on some
signals. 8-pole filters are already matched (FLx
FRQ = 0.00). Elecraft can provide pairs of 5-pole
crystal filters with offsets within 40 Hz of each
other on request. When setting up FLx FRQ, use the
average of the filters’ marked offsets as the value
entered for both filters (main and sub). If you enter
different offsets, you’ll hear phase modulation, even
if the offsets are very close.
Diversity Receive
Diversity receive can greatly improve signal copy
during fading (QSB). True diversity requires a pair
of identical receivers running from a common
frequency reference and using two different
antennas. The K3 is one of very few transceivers
that offer this capability. Most offer only a lowperformance sub receiver, or “dual watch” (splitI.F.) circuitry, which doesn’t provide for separate
main/sub antennas.
An antenna with different polarization, or at least
different orientation, should be used for the sub
receiver (via its AUX input). This ensures that the
two receivers will not experience the same fading
characteristics.
To turn on diversity mode: Hold S U B to set the
sub receiver to the same frequency as main (VFO
A), match the sub receiver filter bandwidth to main,
and switch the sub receiver to its AUX antenna. The
kHz decimal point of the VFO A display flashes as
a reminder. VFO A sets the receive frequency for
both main and sub in diversity mode. This leaves
VFO B free for use as the transmit frequency in
SPLIT mode (see details at right).
Mode and filtering changes made to the main
receiver will immediately be made at the sub, as
well, to preserve diversity characteristics. However,
P R E , AT T N and other receive controls remain
independent for the sub. These must be changed
using B S E T .
SPLIT Mode with the Sub Receiver
During split (S P L I T ), VFO A is always the receive
frequency and VFO B is the transmit frequency.
Holding R E V allows you to temporarily listen to
your transmit frequency.
Non-Diversity with SPLIT: If the sub receiver is
on, but you’re not in diversity mode, you can listen
to both your receive and transmit frequencies at the
same time during SPLIT. You can set up the sub
receiver mode and filtering independently using
B S E T in this case. Cross-mode SPLIT is possible
in supported modes, e.g. CW/SSB.
You can change the sub receiver antenna selection
by holding B S E T , then tapping AN T . When you’re
not using BSET, holding R X AN T will accomplish
the same thing, providing a convenient shortcut.
Diversity with SPLIT: In diversity mode you can
still use SPLIT, but both receivers will be set to the
frequency of VFO A. Both receivers will always be
in the same mode, and will use the same filter
settings.
The K3 saves the sub receiver MAIN/AUX
selection independently for diversity and nondiversity. AUX should be used for diversity, as
explained above. You might use MAIN with
diversity when comparing main/sub receiver gain,
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Appendix A: Installing Crystal Filters in the KRX3A
Sub Receiver
The crystal (roofing) filters in the KRX3A sub receiver are contained in the L-shaped RF module mounted above
the main K3 RF board (see Figure A-4). Installing or changing the filters involves removing the RF module and
the circuit board inside. The filters plug into the circuit board and are held in place by screws. No soldering is
required.
If you plan to operate your K3 with the sub receiver RF module removed, see Removing the
KRX3A Module in the main text for information about replacing essential jumpers.
Tools Required
You will need a Phillips screwdriver and long nose pliers. Normally a No. 1 Phillips is correct, but some find a
No. 2 is a better fit. Always use the screwdriver that best fits the screws.
A grounded wrist strap and ESD dissipating mat are recommended whenever you work inside your K3.
If installed, your K144XV 2-meter Option Installation and Operation manual.
Procedure
If a screw seems very tight, try loosening the other screws first. Sometimes tightening
other screws during assembly causes one already in place to bind. Loosening the others will
usually free it.
Remove the K3 top cover as shown in Figure A-1. As you lift the cover off unplug the speaker wire
that connects to the KIO3 board in the left rear corner of the K3. If you have the K144XV 2-meter option
installed, slip the speaker wire under the chassis stiffener bar that runs across the top of the K3 along the
depression in the top of the K144XV module.
Figure A-1. Removing the Top Cover.
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Observe ESD precautions when working inside your K3. Wear an ESD wrist strap or frequently touch
an unpainted metal ground while working.
Remove the chassis stiffener bar that runs across the top of the K3 (see Figure A-2. Removing the Chassis
Stiffener Bar.) .
Figure A-2. Removing the Chassis Stiffener Bar.
If your K3 has the K144XV 2-meter option installed, remove the three 6-32 black flat head screws holding it
to the left side panel (see Figure A-3). Unplug the cables going to the K144XV module. The red power wire plugs
into the K3’s main RF board. Unplug it and set it aside with the module.
Figure A-3. Removing the K144XV Module
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Remove the KRX3A RF module as follows. The circled numbers refer to Figure A-4 below.
Remove the two long screws
that attach the KRX3A enclosure to the K3 main board.
Grip the knurled nuts
and lift the KRX3A enclosure up and out of the K3. The enclosure will unplug
, one near the front and the other at the back. Also there will be two coaxial
from two interface boards
cables attached to the forward edge and usually one cable attached at the back of the enclosure. Carefully
unplug these cables holding onto the metal finger grip, not the black coax. The connectors are held by
friction and slide apart. They do not unscrew.
Remove the two small interface boards
that plug into the board on the bottom of the K3 and the KRX3A
enclosure. The boards may still be attached to the K3 main board or may be attached to the connectors on the
KRX3A RF module. Set them aside in an ESD-safe place.
Place the KRX3A RF enclosure on your work table. Remove the two knurled nuts
the KRXA3 RF enclosure off of the lower half
Figure A-4. Removing the KRX3A RF Module.
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and lift the top half of
Remove the RF board from the lower half of the enclosure as follows (see Figure A-5):
Remove the two sleeves
from the long screws.
If the KBPF3 option is installed, remove the two screws
and unplug it from the RF board underneath.
Remove the two screws
securing the KRX3A RF board to the bottom half of the enclosure. These
screws thread into bushings attached to the enclosure with screws. If a screw seems to turn without
loosening, hold the corresponding screw on the bottom of the enclosure so it cannot turn.
Lift the RF board out of the enclosure. It is a tight fit. There may be small bumps along the sides of the
board that snap into holes in the sides of the enclosure. Start by lifting carefully at the two extensions
where the board extends outside of the shield while pressing down on the edge of the shield to free it then
work the board up and off of the long screws.
Figure A-5. Removing the RF Board from the Enclosure.
The crystal I.F. filters are installed at positions FL1 thorough FL5 on the RF board. If the KRX3A has been
in use there will be at least one filter already installed. Plan where you are going to install, replace or move the
filters. They must be installed in a certain order according to the following rules:
a) The widest bandwidth filter must be closest to FL1. Note that FL1 is at the right hand end of the row of
filters when the board is arranged to read the silk screening on the pc board. The filters must be in order
of decreasing bandwidth from the right (nearest FL1) to the left (nearest FL5). If you’re installing the KFL3B FM filter, place it in position FL1 since it is the widest bandwidth filter available.
b) You may leave unoccupied filter positions as long as the order in a) above is followed. This is handy if
you plan to add more filters later. Note that only a single filter is installed on the board shown in Figure
A-5, leaving space for a wider bandwidth filter to be added in FL1 position and narrower filters to be
added to FL3 through FL5 later if desired. More information and examples for planning your filters is
included in Appendix A of your K3 Owner’s manual.
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Important: The information recorded in the next step is required to enable your
filters after reassembling your K3. Record the data in the table clearly and completely. If
the information is incomplete or incorrect, you will have to disassemble your KRX3A again
to retrieve it before you can use your sub receiver. Recommend using a pencil so you can
change the data later should you decide to install additional filters.
Enter the following data on Table A-1. Be sure you’re following the rule described in the step above about
the proper order for the filters. Note that Table 1 is set up with FL1 to the right and FL5 to the left, just as they
must be installed on the RF board.
Enter the bandwidth of each filter in the row below the filter position in which it will be installed.
Enter the FREQ OFFSET shown on each 5-pole filter (see Figure A-6). The optional 8-pole filters have
no offset. Enter a zero in the FREQ OFFSET column for those filters. For the 5-pole filters, note that
the frequency offset may be negative, indicated by a minus sign (single dash) ahead of the number.
Table A-1. Filters Installed.
Note: FL1 is to the right and FL5 is to the left. In the next step you will install the
filters right-to-left on the KRX3A RF board as well.
POSITION
FL5
FL4
FL3
FL2
FL11
BANDWIDTH2
FREQ
OFFSET3
1.
If you’re installing the KFL3B FM filter, place it at FL1 since it is the widest bandwidth filter
available.
2.
The bandwidth is shown in the label attached to the filters except the KFL3B FM filter. Record
a bandwidth of 13 kHz for the KFL3B FM filter.
3.
All of the optional 8-pole filters have an offset of zero. Note that the 5-pole filters may have a
negative offset, indicated by a minus sign ahead of the number.
Install the filters as shown in Figure A-6. Refer to the list of filters you created in Table A-1 to determine
which filter to install at each location.
If the sub receiver RF module top cover has a label on it with places to record the bandwidth (BW), and
frequency offset (FRQ) of each filter, copy the information from Table 1, erasing and moving the information
already there to match your filter setup. The label will ensure you have the installed filter information in case this
page is misplaced. (If you do not have a filter information label on your sub receiver, you can obtain one from
Elecraft.) Use pencil in case you change your filters later. Note that the filters read right to left on the label, just
as they were installed on the pc board and shown on Table 1. The label also has a row for Gain. This is a value
you can determine later after installation is finished. It is a value set in the MENU to adjust the overall gain for
each roofing filter so the audio remains constant when switching from one filter to another. Making this
adjustment is described under Filter Loss Compensation in your owner’s manual.
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CAUTION
1) Do not use screws longer than 1/4” (6.4 mm) to mount the filters. Longer screws may
extend into the optional 8-pole filter and destroy it. We strongly recommend you use a 1/4”
screw even when installing the 5-pole filters to reduce the possibility of damaging an 8-pole
filter should you change them later.
2) Do not over-tighten the screws. Too much torque may pull the threaded bushing out of the
bottom of the filter module.
Figure A-6. Installing the Crystal Filters.
Double-check to ensure you installed each filter in the location you noted in Table 1. If you make a
mistake recording the data or installing the filters and miss it now, you’ll need to disassemble the KRX3A
again to correct it.
Important: Do not over-tighten screws during reassembly. The screws should be tightened so that
the lock washers are fully compressed but never as tight as you can make them.
In the bottom half of the enclosure, check to ensure the four standoffs are tight against the enclosure. If
not, tighten the screws. Two are short standoffs for the board mounting screws and two standoffs have the
long screws threaded through them.
Place the KRX3A RF board in the bottom shield so that the long screws extend through holes shown in
Figure A-5. Press the circuit board down against the standoffs. The board may “snap” into position as the small
bumps along the edges of the board slip into the holes in the sides of the shield. When properly positioned, the
board will be against the standoffs in the bottom half of the enclosure. If needed, press down gently on the board
near the long screws to ensure it is not caught on the threads.
Secure the KRX3A main circuit board to the short standoffs at locations
in Figure A-5 with the 4-40
3/16” (4.8 mm) black pan head screws and #4 split lock washers you removed earlier. Do not use interior tooth
lock washers.
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If you removed the KBPF3 board, replace it. Be sure the three connectors are aligned so all the pins
in Figure A-5. Use the
engage. The connectors are visible from the sides. Secure the board at locations
4-40, 1/4” (6.4 mm) pan head screws and split lock washers you removed earlier. Do not use interior tooth
lock washers.
Replace the unthreaded sleeves over each of the long screws so they rest against the top of the circuit board
in Figure A-5), then place the top shield over the assembly and adjust its position so the edge of the
(locations
top fits inside the bottom and rests against the KRX3A main board on all sides. The long screws will pass through
holes in the top cover. Secure the top with the knurled nuts finger-tightened only enough to hold the cover in
place so it isn’t loose. Lock washers are not used under the knurled nuts.
Turn to your KRX3A Installation and Operation manual, and follow the procedures under Installing the
KRX3A Sub Receiver Module and Final Assembly to complete the installation and reassembly of your K3. Note
that:
a) You will not need to assemble the battery cover, but be sure it is in place on the battery as shown. The
cover is essential to avoid shorting the battery to the bottom of the KRX3A enclosure.
b) Jumper W4 already will have been removed since the KRX3A was previously installed.
c) The speaker pad should already be in place.
Important: When you have finished reassembling your K3, you must complete the filter setup in the
next step or your sub receiver will not function correctly.
Refer to the data you recorded in Table A-1 and set up the filters you have installed as described under
Configuration / Crystal Filter Setup in your K3 Owner’s Manual.
That completes the installation of crystal filters in your KRX3A sub receiver.
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