KX-QRP 2nd L👀KWatch for an article on 2nd Look in March 2018 issue of CQ Magazine
The KX-QRP 2nd L👀K is an accessory for use with the Elecraft KX2 or KX3 Radios. These radios have the ability to decode RTTY, PSK and CW signals (without a computer) and display them on their front panel. The display is 7 characters and scrolls as new text is decoded.
I wanted a way to display more characters so I designed the 2nd Look. It will be offered as a kit to others that want a bigger display at a low price.
  • Display is 80 characters (40 per line)
  • Does not require a computer
  • Lightweight and convenient for field use
  • Offered as a complete, easy to assemble kit
    • Low parts count
    • Simple soldering with no surface mount parts to solder
    • You provide the case
  • Choice of 3 LCD displays
    • Black on Amber (very similar to KX3/KX2)
    • Dark Blue on Yellow-Green
    • Black on White
  • Powered by 5-volts DC via common Mini USB connect used in phone chargers & battery packs
  • Open Source Software allows user modifications

  • $79.00 (plus shipping, Ohio residents only plus sales tax)
  • Introductory Special Pricing 15% off - $67.15 (plus shipping, Ohio residents only plus sales tax)
  • Shipping
    • USA- $9.80 (USPS Priority Mail $7.15 + 2.65 Insurance)
    • Canada - $24.95
    • Ohio Tax 7.5%

  • 3.5mm M-M Cable (~6") - $3.50
  • USB Cable for power (Mini B/ A) - Currently Out of Stock
  • 12 Volt to 5 Volt Adapter with Anderson PowerPole connectors for 12 Volts  - Currently Out of Stock
  • Power Bank/Phone Battery 5 Volt - Currently Out of Stock
  • Parts Only all prices + shipping (bare parts no support is included) 
    • LCD- 40 Character x 2 Rows with Backlight, Sunlight readable in your choice of 3 colors- $29.50
    • i2c LCD Backpack with 8x2 pin arrangement for 40 x 2 LCDs - $12.50
    • Arduino Nano (unprogrammed) - $9.00
    • Arduino Breakout board- $7.00
    • Push Button- $2.00
  • 3PDT Toggle Switch (for experimental use of sharing ACC1 Port* see FAQs)  - $4.95

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KX-QRP 2nd L👀K in plastic pencil box

Frequently Asked Questions
  • What is included in the kit?
    • Preprogrammed Microprocessor (Arduino Nano)
    • Arduino Breakout board
    • LCD- 40 Character x 2 Rows with Backlight, Sunlight readable in your choice of 3 colors
    • i2c Serial Backpack for driving LCD (8x2)
    • Header Pins & Sockets
    • Push Button Reset Switch
    • Resistors
    • 3.5mm Jack
    • Colored Wire Jumpers
    • Instructions
  • What do I need to add to assemble the kit?
    • Rosin Core Solder
    • Soldering Iron (Temperature controlled, static safe unit suggested)
    • Wire cutters
    • Wire stripper
    • Case and hardware to mount LCD
  • What do I need to add to use the kit?
    • Elecraft KX3 or KX2
    • 3.5mm M-M Cable (Stereo/3 wire)
    • 5 Volt DC power source with USB mini connector
  • Does the 2nd Look support sending code with a keyboard?
    • No, the 2nd Look is a receive only device
    • It can be used in conjunction with sending PSK, RTTY or CW using the Elecraft paddles
    • I routinely use mine with an external keyer (either my Morse Buddy from KB5CQ or a HamGadgets MK-1) that allows me to use a keyboard to send CW to the radio while using the 2nd Look. This is great for field use for us paddle challenged CW senders. 
  • How does 2nd Look attach to KX3/2?
    • By running a 3 conductor cable to ACC1 port
  •  Can I still use the ACC1 port for connecting to a computer?*
    • The short answer is no, not as configured
    • The long answer-- I have had some success experimenting with using N1MM computer logging program in conjunction with the KX2/KX3 by using a 3PDT switch and additional 3.5mm jack. This is still experimental and not guaranteed. The good news is you can experiment, but please do not try and use the Elecraft Configuration utility (especially when attempting to update firmware)!