Elecraft Macros

Elecraft Macros and Memories

I am starting to get to grips with some of the slightly less than obvious

Before I try and explain my Macros - which I should admit I have modified for my purposes from information on the Net - You should be aware of the K3-Utility software program. This is how you can keep your K3 up-to-date with the latest firmware as well as programming Macro's.

I have no clue if XXX Logging product does this. I prefer to use the Manufacture's utilities when messing around with some internal commands.

Assuming now that you have the K3 Utility software - you can test these commands out using the command/tester macros tab of the software.

  • Note I am using the phrase K3 to refer to KS, K3-S and KX-3

Useful Macros

Code Means
SWT-11 Switch VFO-A to B (Or Visce-Versa)

MACRO TO WORK A DX STATION WHO IS CALLING

You hear P5/Y5abc - he is saying "Up" - so lets get a split setup quickly.

The Macro command I currently use is

SWT13;SWT13;LK1;FT1;UPB4;RT0;XT0;SWT11;BW0045;SWT11;

Which means

Code Means
SWT13 Switch-Tap 1 Freq VFO-a to VFO-b
SWT13 Switch-Tap 2 Settings VFO-a to VFO-b
LK1 LOCK VFO-A
FT1 Split Mode
UPB4 Mode VFO-B up 1 Khz
RT0 Disable RIT
XT0 Disable XIT
SWT11 MOVE FROM VFO-A TO VFO-B
BW0045 Set Bandwidth 450 hz
SWT11 MOVE FROM VFO-A TO VFO-B

Now lets be clear what this does

  • Sets up a Split
  • Puts Offset of 1Khz between Tx and Rx
  • Locks Your RX Frequency to the DX station
  • Allows you using VFO-B to vary TRANSMIT

You are the DX Station

In a contest are operating as P5/???? you become DX... and you decide that a simple split is the solution.

SWT13;SWT13;LK1;FT1;UPB4;RT0;XT0;SWT11;BW0045;

Yikes what does this mean ?

Code Means
SWT13 Switch-Tap 1 Freq VFO-a to VFO-b
SWT13 Switch-Tap 2 Settings VFO-a to VFO-b
LK1 LOCK VFO-A
FT1 Split Mode
UPB4 Mode VFO-B up 1 Khz
RT0 Disable RIT
XT0 Disable XIT
SWT11 MOVE FROM VFO-A TO VFO-B
BW0045 Set Bandwidth 450 hz

Now lets be clear what this does

  • Sets up a Split
  • Puts Offset of 1Khz between Tx and Rx
  • Locks Your TX Frequency
  • Allows you using VFO-A to vary RECEIVE frequency

Implementing Macro's on the K3

I believe this will work for the K3 (I have not yet tried on my KX3 - but I will)...

Steps

  • Develop a Macro in the K3-Utility program
  • Test the Macro
  • Save the Macro
    • To your Configuration on the PC
    • Write to the K3 (Edit Macro -> Send Macro to K3)

Ok so if you have done that you are probably now wondering what now ?

We need to modify the settings on the K3...

##Implementing Macros

On the K3

  • Config Menu
    • Find the Function sub-menu
    • Press Keypad 1
    • Press and HOLD RIT (sub option PF1)
      • You Should see PF1 Set

What did you just do....

  • The Macro you created Numbered Macro-1
  • Was assigned with the Name you gave it in the K3-Utility software to key-press PF1 (which is HOLD RIT)

To add a different Macro say Macro-5 (this is your number from the K3-Utility list) to key M1

  • Config Menu
    • Find the Function sub-menu
    • Press Keypad 5
    • Press and HOLD M1

Whats next ?

Time to marvel and the joy of a super well designed Rig... and get on the Air ASAP !!