Here are the happenings in the W8FGU world!
I am now providing
support services for the Elecraft Classic Line of
products (K2, K1, KX1, associated transceivers and
accessories) and their mini-module line of products.
As you may or may not know, our legendary guru Don
Wilhelm, W3FPR is retiring this month from providing
these services for the past 20 years or so. Although Don
is retiring from the physical support of these fine
products, he has assured all of us that he will continue
to provide guidance and advice via the Elecraft email
reflector for the foreseeable future.
Through Don’s guidance
and encouragement and the numerous discussions with Don
and senior management at Elecraft over the last few
weeks, I have decided to continue Don’s legacy in the
Elecraft support arena. Don has been gracious enough to
share with me his business model, pricing, policies and
procedures so that I may continue to try and provide the
same services he has provided for so many years. I am
committed to providing the same high quality and timely
service at the same standard Don has set during his
As this is an ambitious
venture on my part, Don has assured me that he is only a
phone call or email away for when I need his assistance.
And of course, I have the complete support of the fine
folks at Elecraft. It is with their spirit and support
that we believe we can carry Don’s legacy of servicing
these fine products of Elecraft engineering, well into
Elecraft has always been
more than supportive of my enclosure business since
2006. In that time, I have sold hundreds of
poly-carbonate and acrylic enclosures for their
mini-module line of products and dust covers for the
KX3, PX3 and KX2. These are all produced by hand in a
modest workshop in my basement. I have been invited and
worked in their booth in Dayton for the past 12 years.
I’ve enjoyed a great working relationship with Eric,
Wayne and many of the sales and support staff and look
forward to continuing that relationship with this new
As many of you know, I
am still working full time as a Lieutenant (fire
fighter/medic) for the Brownstown Fire Department here
in SE Michigan. I will be able to retire in a little
over two years. But my background has been technical
since high school. My grandfather (the original W8FGU
SK) taught me about ham radio as a child. He passed away
when I was a teenager, but he encouraged me to continue
my education and I obtained an Associates in Electrical
Engineering in 1982 and soon began a career as an
electronic tech that turned into a 20-year programming
and IT career in the PC software development arena.
Although I have been a firefighter since the age of 14,
my full-time career did not start until October of 2000.
With that said, blowing
off the dust on my tech skills and with support of Don
and all the folks at Elecraft, I am very confident I
will carry on the high support standard that Don has
established well into the future and for the life of
these products. Please contact me at this email address
for any comments, questions or concerns.
have received a few reports of the velcro showing signs of
heavy wear after a few years of use on the tilt stand. So,
I redesigned the tilt stand without the velcro and
improved the sturdiness of the enclosure in the process. I
moved the hinge point from the bottom of the enclosure to
near the top. Rubber U-channel has been added to the
bottom edge of the tilt panel and the bottom of the
enclosure that really improves the stability of the entire
unit on most surfaces. The tilt angle is now held in place
by a shock cord loop and lock for angles from 90 to 40
degrees. The tilt stand easily folds flat to the enclosure
for storage and the shock cord can be wrapped around the
top of the stand to hold everything in place.
I will offer an upgrade path to current users for $19.95
that will simply include the back half of the enclosure
with the tilt stand. This will allow you to simply mount
the front half with the W1 installed, to the new back half
and stand. I will just need to know which version of the
enclosure you have (Bottom Mount, Straight BNC, Top Mount,
Right Angle BNC or Bottom Mount, Right Angle BNC).
March 5, 2016
I have not had to increase the price of my enclosure line
in over three years. But with steady increases in my raw
material costs and their associated shipping costs, I am
forced to raise my prices 5 - 10% (typically $1 - $2 per
enclosure). I am constantly looking for lower cost
alternative sources for my materials but with my low
volumes I don't get much of a break. The new prices will
be effective March 5th, 2016.
Also, due to the recent USPS price increases in January
of this year, I can no longer offer the flat $8.50
domestic shipping charge. I have restructured the shipping
charges based on weight and zip code zone (by state). In
the zones closest to my location (MI), the rates have
actually dropped from the $8.50 flat fee. Obviously, the
farther out from my location, the higher the cost. PayPal
is now allowing the use of First Class mail for packages
16 oz or less. Most of my enclosures, with packaging,
weigh in around the 15 - 16 oz mark, so this will be a
good economic option for single enclosure orders to all
areas serviced by the USPS. Both Priority Mail and First
Class Package Service (Standard Shipping) will be
presented for your selection during the checkout process.
I have also entered tables for calculating International
shipping rates for all countries serviced by the USPS.
International customers will also be presented with
Priority International Mail and First Class International
pricing options during the checkout process. The USPS is
now offering tracking of First Class International
parcels, although they will not guarantee a delivery time.
This is a very cost effective alternative to the Priority
shipping for all international customers.
I you receive a
$0.00 shipping cost, please contact me ASAP. This
means there is no USPS shipping option defined or
needs correction for your area.
you pick a shipping option that presents with a $999.00
shipping price, it means that it isn't a viable option
for the products you've selected. Through the
standard PayPal setup, there is no way to apply rules to
eliminate options in their checkout. So if you get a
$999.00 shipping cost, either change the shipping option
or contact me and we'll get it straightened out.
Please contact me for a direct shipping quote for 5 or
more enclosures. And as always, contact me for a quote for
all custom orders.