The Elecraft KX2 : a “Fit-In-Your-Pocket size” transceiver

On my way this morning to FDIM and the Dayton Hamvention.

On my way this morning to FDIM and the 2016 Dayton Hamvention.

Since I own the Elecraft KX3, Elecraft K2 and the Elecraft KX1, I’m excited to see that Elecraft has announced a new addition to their product line: the Elecraft KX2. Elecraft will feature the KX2 at Four Days In May (FDIM) and the Dayton Hamvention.

I am attending vendor’s night at FDIM and the full Dayton Hamvention. I will post photos of the KX2 here–follow updates by bookmarking the tag KX2.

Full details from the Elecraft press release, via Southgate ARC, below:


(Source: Southgate ARC)

New KX2 radio to be announced this Thursday at the Dayton Hamvention 2016

Hello to all,

We are please to announce a new radio to complement the KX3 and the KX-Line.  Here are the details.

What:  Elecraft announces the KX2, Ultra-portable radio
When:  Thursday, May 16th, 1300Z
Where:  Four Days In May QRP event, part of the Dayton Hamfest activities

Elecraft is excited to announce a new radio targeting the Ultra-portable market with a Fit-In-Your-Pocket size.  Please see the attached brochure for details.

– KX2:  $749.00

– Options and accessories:  Please see the table below for pricing.  Also see the FAQ for details.


Distributors are encouraged to order both the KX2 and accessories now.  The KX2 is already in production and early ordering will ensure your position for deliveries.

Note that the KX2 will be available in full, factory-built form only.  There will be 2 internally-installed options available immediately.  See the FAQ for more details.

Marketing Collateral Available

You will find a new section in the Elecraft Egnyte repository that contains:

– The attached brochure in editable form for you to translate and convert to local printing formats.
– A KX2 Date Sheet
– A KX2 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) in editable form
– Hi Resolution images for use with your marketing and web site content

Special Note on the new KX2 Battery and Charger system

– Elecraft will be stocking the KXBT2 (Li-ion Battery) and the KXBC2 (Li-ion Charger) for your to order.
– We have also arranged for you to purchase both items directly from our supplier, Tenergy (
– Please see the attached document, KX2 Battery info v1.0, with the details.

Along with many of the Elecraft team, I’ll be in Dayton to launch the KX2 but will be able to answer questions as needed.

Again, we are excited to offer you increased business opportunities with the KX2 launch!






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6 thoughts on “The Elecraft KX2 : a “Fit-In-Your-Pocket size” transceiver

  1. Bruce Prior N7RR

    Special thanks to Dave K8WPE for driving me from and to the Dayton Airport. I misspoke during that Mexican restaurant dinner about the end-fed wire antenna which I tested with Little Engine, the affectionate name for my field-test KX2. The radiator is 58 feet, not 51 feet, and the counterpoise is, indeed, 13.1 feet. That antenna lobbed over a tree branch in my backyard loads from the bottom of 80 m on all nine HF amateur bands to the top of 10 m with the KXAT2 internal ATU to a perfect SWR of 1:1. So now when I activate SOTA summits I’ll leave my bulky 9:1 UNUN and a connecting RG-58U coaxial cable at home, so they don’t need to weigh down my backpack.
    73, Bruce Prior N7RR

  2. Barry G. Kery

    I have a KX3 but I wanted something just a tad smaller. I just downloaded the owner’s manual for the KX2. This looks great ! I am looking forward to getting my hands on one.

    Barry, KU3X

  3. David Wilcox K8WPE

    We had dinner with Bruce, N7RR, last night, a field tester for Elecraft, and held the KX2 in our sweaty little hands, lots of napkins used to catch the drool…… What next from Elecraft?

    Field tests showed it worked well with a 51 ft wire (unun was nor helpful) and 13 ft counterpoise….. On all bands 80 – 10 meters – with internal tuner. Can be used as handheld with built in microphone.

    Dave K8WPE

  4. Ken Hansen n2vip


    I am looking for a more interesting replacement to an aging FT-817, and as I am en route to Dayton as I write this, I’ll definitely be looking at this radio.

    I’m glad it supports SSB, as CW eludes me…


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