As olde Billy Shakespeare said, “What’s in a name, yall?”
I say surprisingly for two reasons: First, Ten Tec has always been innovative from Day 1 in the QRP field. In my opinion, they popularized it by making several pre-Argonaut rigs back before QRP had the significant following it has now. For them to now take on a non-Ten Tec designed rig seems counter to all they’ve done before. Secondly, I’ve seen many blog posts and posts to QRP-L of new owners of the HB-1a and then…nothing. No enlightening follow-ups to how they like the rig or any of their experiences with it.
Oddly, the Ten Tec variant of this rig is only offered as a dual-bander – 20/30 or 30/40 meters rather than the triband HB-1a. Maybe a flaw in the original version or perhaps some marketing scheme? I think a lot of people might buy this rig with the Ten Tec name who might otherwise be skeptical of buying a Chinese rig via eBay.
China, via Tennessee. QRP to the Field with General Tsao’s Chicken and a side of grits & black-eyed peas, por favor.