KX3 Macros

Macros in the KX3 are incredible useful. I have eight of them – a full complement. I use them to switch between using a headset, a microphone and speaker and microphone and earphones. I also use them for setting presets for voice equalisation, compression, etc.

Here’s a table of the macros  –  KX3 Macros in PDF format and KX3 Macros in Excel format

The first five macros are assigned to PF1 and they loop back. When you get to the WSJT macro another long press of PF1 will run the DX macro. The remaining three macros are are assigned to PF2 and operate in the same round-robin fashion.

If you decide to use these macros enter them in the KX3 utility from top to bottom macro one to eight.

The macro codes are all in the Elecraft Documentation but here’s a description of my macros. The elecraft documentation is sometimes not that easy to read but all the information is there.

 

 

Macro explanations

As promised, here’s an explanation of the macros that I use. The TE directive is Transmit Equalisation and the CP directive is Compression. Please bear in mind that these two are tailored to my voice as is MG.

The headset I use is the Heil Proset that I got from Elecraft when I bought my KX3. The microphone is the Elecraft MH3 hand microphone. The headphones that I use are Heil and are the same as the Proset.

Right let’s get to it…

DX macro

TE-16-16-06+00+06+12+12+09 gives me a response curve that suits my voice and the microphone element n the headset.

MD2 is operating mode USB. MG010 is microphone gain = 10. CP015 is set compression to 15 which is very high but it suites my voice. You will probably need to reduce this. Experimentation is the key here. AG010 is audio gain set to 10. PC050 is to set power to 50 watts (I have a KXP100).  SWT19 is a short press of the PRE button on the radio which toggles the preamp on and off. As the preamp will be off by the time we get back this macro we need to turn it on again.  MN110 sets the MACRO MENU FUNCTION. SWT27 selects the macro in position 2 SWH18 is a push and hold of PF1 which assigns the selected macro to PF1. MN255 exits the MACRO MENU FUNCTION.

 

HEIL macro

This macro changes the transmit equalisation to values suggested in the Heilsound web site. It also increases MIC GAIN. I don’t use this one much.

MN110;SWT20;SWH18;MN255 enters the MACRO FUNCTION MENU and assigns the macro in position 3 to PF1 and exits the MACRO MENU FUNCTION.

Elecraft macro

Again, this macro changes the transmit equalisation to suite my voice and the Elecraft MH3 microphone. It also changes the MIC GAIN and Compression.

MN110;SWT28;SWH18;MN255  enters the MACRO FUNCTION MENU and assigns the macro in position 4 to PF1 and exits the MACRO MENU FUNCTION.

PSK macro

This one sets the transmit EQ to flat, sets MIC GAIN to 10, MD6 (DATA) and DT0 (sub mode A) is to set the radio to DATA A. BW0400 is filter bandwidth in 10 Hz units. Compression is zero, power is 50W and audio gain is 20. The preamp is toggled off and the string MN110;SWT21;SWH18;MN255 assigns macro 5 to PF1

WSJT macro

This one is pretty much the same as the PSK macro. As everything is set up for digital mode I only needed to reduce AG (Audio Gain) to suite the WSJT software adjustment range.

The string MN110;SWT19;SWH18;MN255; assigns macro  1 to PF1.

 

That’s the end of the PF1 macros and what follows is the PF2 macros.

HSET macro

MN082 is the first part of setting MIC buttons and MP000 is a bit mask so 000 turns mic buttons OFF. The ML directive sets the monitor level. Power is set to 110W. The string MN110;SWT32;SWH26;MN255 assigns macro number 7 to PF2.

MIC macro

MN082 is the first part of setting MIC buttons and MP005 is a bit mask so 005 turns mic buttons ON. The ML directive sets the monitor level. Power is set to 110W. The string MN110;SWT33;SWH26;MN255 assigns macro number 8 to PF2.

M&H macro

This macro is for when I’m using headphones and the Elecraft MH3 hand mic.

MN082 is the first part of setting MIC buttons and MP005 is a bit mask so 005 turns mic buttons ON. The ML directive sets the monitor level. Power is set to 110W. The string MN110;SWT29;SWH26;MN255 assigns macro number 6 to PF2.

 

That’s the end of the description of the macros. I really, really hope that I haven’t got anything wrong that could mislead.

This set of macros means that I don’t have to do anything except press PF1 or PF2 and select the macro(s) to suit the current mode or circumstances.

Enjoy and have a play to make the best use of the KX3 abilities.

If you find any errors or see any glaring omissions PLEASE leave a comment so I can fix it.

 

 

 

 

Travelling and playing radio

When we’re out and about I always have the KX3 and stuff with me. I leave the PX3 at home though. I power it all with a home built 10Ah LiFePo4 battery which gives me quite a while at 50W from my KXPA100.

Antenna is usually a doublet of about 50 feet / leg and fed with 300 ohm TV antenna twin lead. Needless to say some sort of impedance matching is required so I use a home brew Z-match ATU. The centre of the doublet is at around twenty feet on a squid pole.

Sometimes I use a 53 foot wire which is end fed via a 9:1 unun with about 20 or 25 feet of counterpoise. I prefer the doublet though. Another antenna I use a bit is 50 feet of zip cord with one conductor stripped off at 35 feet. Both antennas work pretty well for what they are just heaved into a tree if there’s one available. No trees ? I use the doublet.

One of my projects (apart from all the others) is to get a Pi 3 together for FT-8 and PSK and logging and do some really compact portable digital stuff – the thought of lugging a laptop and associated stuff around just doesn’t apeal.

VK3KW / VK3ZMF

Located in Moe Victoria, Australia in grid square QF31dt. I also have VK3ZMF which I only use sporadically.

My station consists of an Elecraft KX3 (serial 1675) with all the trimmings – KX3, Roofing Filter, 2 metre module, ATU and charger/real time clock. I also have a KXPA100 (0530) with inbuilt ATU and a PX3 (233).

My antenna is a 43 foot vertical with a few counterpoise wires with  an LDG RT/RC 100 at the base. I wish I could have a tower with a Yagi but as we are renters that’s not an option. On the boundary of the property there’s a great big Eucalypt about 30 metres tall which will quite possibly be pressed into service for one end of a random sloper of some description.

I also have a Yaesu VX-7R, a Yaesu FRG100, a Yaesu FT-817 (non ND) and an old Eddystone EB35 MKII in perfect working order apart from a bit of deafness on FM.  Sooner or later I’ll get around to fixing that though. Of course I have sundry small portable receivers – mostly Sony.

When I get around to it I’ll put up a few photos – probably about when I get around to fixing the Eddystone.