Saturday, September 25, 2010
New Rig from TenTec
When I first saw this on the K1TP Website, I first thought, "Cool! A replacement for the Argo!". But no, this is not a new QRP rig. Although the low end will put you at 5 Watts, this radio will put out 100 Watts. To see the brochure, you can click here
It is a nice looking rig, though. And if the price is right, maybe I wouldn't mind having a little QRO power around for times when QRP just can't get the job done. I always have wanted a Ten Tec radio!
Some interesting things that I have noticed. The DC Input connection is Andersen Power Pole type. I think that's the first time I've ever seen that. Up until now, I've kind of resisted the entire power pole concept, preferring to "roll my own" as it were.
AM and FM modes are "optional" and not built in, which is kind of weird these days as far as radios made by the "Big Guns" goes.
The Eagle comes with a USB port (sign o' the times) and you can adjust the display color to whatever color and intensity that your little heart would desire.
The brochure states that the radio is suitable for portable use; but the RX Current drain is 1.25 Amps - Ouch!
Still intriguing however as another base rig. Something else to buy lottery tickets for!
72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least!