The Ultimate Companion for Amateur Radio Enthusiasts: The New KH1 Hand-Held 5-Band Transceiver

Hey there, Ham friends! If you're passionate about amateur radio, you'll be thrilled to learn about the latest addition to the world of ham radio gear: the KH1 Hand-Held 5-Band Transceiver. This pocket-sized wonder is taking the amateur radio community by storm, and I couldn't wait to share my thoughts on this remarkable piece of tech. I do not own this, yet.

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Small but Mighty

The POTA machine! The KH1 Hand-Held 5-Band Transceiver is a game-changer for portable communication. It's incredibly lightweight, making it a breeze to carry around. Whether you're on a hiking trip, at a field day event, or just hanging out in your backyard, this little device is your perfect companion.

KH1 Features:

• 40-15 m ham bands; 6-22 MHz SWL
• CW mode; 5 watts, all bands
• ATU includes whip & high-Q inductor for 20/17/15 m
• 2.5 AH Li-Ion battery & internal charger
• CW decode & 32K TX log
• Scan/mini-pan feature
• Real-Time Clock
• Full remote control
• Speaker
• RIT, XIT, & VFO lock
• Light gray case stays cool even in bright sunligh

VIDEO from one of my favorite channels.

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Five Bands, Endless Possibilities

Simplicity for short excursions. One of the standout features of the KH1 is its 5-band capability. The important bands that you need for field operation. It's versatile enough to tackle any situation.

User-Friendly Interface

The KH1 boasts an intuitive user interface that makes it a breeze to navigate. The controls are well-placed, and the LCD display is clear and easy to read. It is straightforward to program frequencies and adjust settings. Even if you're new to amateur radio, you'll find it user-friendly.

Solid Build Quality

Durability is crucial for handheld transceivers, especially if you're frequently on the go. Like my KX2 I a sure the KH1 doesn't disappoint in this department. It has a sturdy build that can handle the occasional bump or drop. The quality of construction inspires confidence, which is essential for a radio you plan to rely on in the field.

Long-Lasting Battery Life

One of the standout features of the KH1 is its impressive battery life. With the power-saving mode, it can last for an extended period on a single charge. Whether you're out in the wilderness or participating in a ham radio contest, you won't have to worry about running out of power.

RX Audio

It comes with a built-in speaker that is loud for its size. The video below is a good example of the audio quality. What do you think?

VIDEO of Thomas K4SWL

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Price Point

The KH1 Hand-Held 5-Band Transceiver comes at a reasonable price point for enthusiasts, making it accessible for both seasoned hams and those new to the hobby. Considering its feature set and build quality, it's an excellent investment for anyone serious about amateur radio. Factory assembled, basic configuration: $549.

Thank You

Although I do not have one, I have researched it and I have the Elecraft KX2 and K3S. I am positive Elecraft hasn't strayed away from it's exceptional build quality and performance. So, in conclusion, I believe the KH1 Hand-Held 5-Band Transceiver is a fantastic addition to any ham radio operator's toolkit. Its compact size (POTA friendly), versatility, user-friendly interface, durability and, long-lasting battery will make it a standout choice in the world of handheld HF transceivers. If you're looking for a reliable and pocket-sized companion for your amateur radio adventures, the KH1 should be at the top of your list. Happy hamming, folks!


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I'm an Amateur Radio enthusiast. I love the hobby and experimenting with radios, antennas and software. On my YouTube channel I upload videos on the Icom 7300 and Icom 7610 along with Ham radio software programs. I hope to inspire people to try new things in Amateur Radio.

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7 months ago

Reviewing something that you hqve yet to put eyes or hands on is hugely problematic and unreasonable in so many ways. Look I get it. I truly do. You could write this whole thing over again saying exactly what you already said but next time do the rest of us a favor and start with the “Although I do not have one, I have researched it…” part so those of that wish to can tune out without wasting the moments we wasted reading this udder rubbish.

7 months ago

It’s not 5 bands. It’s 20, 15 and 17 meters…

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