Elecraft K3 Macros

There is lots of info on the web about the K3 Macros.  Having fitted the DVK board back in 2013 I use M1 through M4 for voice keying function when using N1MM.  I therefore wanted to pur the PF1 and PF2 keys to good use and as I regularly have to go into split more I went hunting on the web.  There is a lot of info out there on how to set these up and I found excellent articles from the following amateurs from which I cobbelled together my prefered settings.  The first place to start is with the KE7X macro repository which has lots of useful information. KE7X is also the author of the excellent seriese of books on the Elecraft range of radios.  I have the K3 and KX 3 manuals and can highly recomend them.

I then came across infromtaion from PA1M, LA3ZA and W8TN.  W8TN's blog post had the macros configured the way I wanted and I just need to to modify one or two values to get my prefered settingsd below.  The W8TN post also mentions references to posts by KU4AF and K1HTV that give details on how to do this.

Below are the details of the changes to the PF1 button. The description of what is being changed and then the Macro Label and actual Macro Commands are shown. Anyone can simply Copy and Paste these from this Post into their K-3 Configuration Utility so the setup of these features is FAST!

PF1 Macros

CW Split (UP 1Khz)
This is a split variation contributed by Dave, N1LQ. Dave chose a compromise between the +2 and +5 versions. A quick twist of VFO B puts Dave up or down depending on CW or SSB.
SB1; turns the sub receiver on
SWT13; taps A>B once to copy VFO A frequency to VFO B
SWT13; taps A>B again to copy all other settings to VFO B
FT1; enters Split mode.
UPB4; moves VFO B up 1 kHz
RT0; turns RIT off
XT0; turns XIT off
LK1; locks VFO A to prevent changes to the receiver listening to the DX station in the heat of the pileup
The following steps re-program the PF1 button to Macro #2
BW0030; Tightens the filter on VFO A to 300Hz to cut down QRM on the DX frequency
BW$0270; Opens the filter on VFO B to 2.7kHz to listen for successful callers in the pileup
MN110; enters the CONFIG Menu
SWT12; taps the (2) button to choose Macro #2
SWH45; holds the PF1 button
SWT14; taps the Menu button

Macro Label 1 - CWSplit

SB1;SWT13;SWT13;FT1;UPB4;RT0;XT0;LK1;BW0030;BW$0270;MN110;SWT12;SWH45;SWT14;

Cleanup
This is a "cleanup" macro contributed by Dave, N1LQ
SB0; turns the sub receiver off
FT0; turns split mode off
RT0; turns RIT off
XT0; turns XIT off
LN0; unlinks the VFOs
SQ000; turns squelch off
SWT13; taps A>B to copy VFO A frequency to VFO B
SWT13; taps A>B again to copy all other settings from VFO A to B
LK0; unlocks VFO A
The following steps re-program the PF1 button to Macro #1
MN110; enters the CONFIG Menu
SWT11; taps the (1) button to choose Macro #1
SWH45; holds the PF1 button
SWT14; taps the Menu button

Macro Label 2 - UnSplit

SB0;FT0;RT0;XT0;LN0;SQ000;SWT13;SWT13;LK0;MN110;SWT11;SWH45;SWT14;

PF2 Macros

For PF2 I set the radio up to allow me to quicklt change power output.  The first press sets the radio to 10 watts out,  the second to 50 watts and the third press back to 100 watts out.

Macro Label 5 - 10 watts

PC010;MN110;SWT29;SWH47;SWT14;

Macro Label 6 - 50 watts

PC050;MN110;SWT33;SWH47;SWT14;

Macro Label 7 - 100 watts

PC100;MN110;SWT27;SWH47;SWT14;

 

Once the macros have been downloaded to the K-3, go to the K3 and do the following:


On the K-3 go to CONFIG:MACRO and press "1"
HOLD the PF1 key until "PF1 SET" appears
Tap the "Menu" key

Then go to CONFIG:MACRO and press "2"
HOLD the PF1 key until "PF1 SET" appears
Tap the "Menu" key

Do the same for the power macros on PF2.  I used macro 5, 6, and 7 for the 3 power output settings.

If you have other things you want to put into macros or you want to put some of the above programming into other buttons, you can find a list of all the button commands in the "K-3 Programmers Reference" which is available on the Elecraft web site. I did not come up with these ideas, I just took what others have done and modified it to fit my particular use.