Inverse mono-banders

Two Argo VI rigs - a "Non 12" and a "Non 30"

Two Argo VI rigs – a “Non 12″ and a “Non 30″

A trendsetter in ham radio since the 1960’s, Ten-Tec has just released the first of what are certain to become some of the hobby’s most prized rigs.

With keen insight into the psychological attraction of the “less is more” phenomena, the Argonaut VI is an attractive new QRP transceiver offering all the quality we’ve come to expect from Ten-Tec over the years.

The introductory Argo VI’s main selling point is brilliant – it offers a lack of the 12 meter band!

Please read and interpret that correctly. It isn’t missing 12 meters; it offers a lack of 12 meters.

World of difference.

It’s safe now to reveal that other versions of the Argonaut VI will soon be released that offer a lack of other individual bands. The particular version offering a lack of 12 meters is being released first in order to commemorate the year of the model’s introduction – 2012.

In much the same way that some early Heathkits were affectionately referred to as ‘Hot-Water’ rigs (for the HW-32, HW-101 etc), the new inverse monobanders are expected to be nicknamed “the Nons”

I can hardly wait to get my hands on a “Non 20″ Argo VI!

Years from now, when they are no longer available, a QSO between two Argo VI owners on 40 meters may go something like this:

  • 1st ham: Rig here is an Argonaut VI.
  • 2nd ham: Hey, I’m using an Argo VI too! Mine is a Non 80.
  • 1st ham: Mine is one of the originals – a Non 12.
  • 2nd ham: Wowsa! Boy, those were the days!
  • 1st ham: Yep.
  • 2nd ham: Yeppir.

Truthfully, I can’t wait to collect the whole set.

New versions of the Nons are expected to be released approximately every 4 months – that would make the next one due this coming April 1.


Check out an interesting review of a real Argo VI – probably the first review available:



  16 comments for “Inverse mono-banders

  1. December 18, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Well, you’re nothing if not a great salesman John. You almost turned me around on the Argo VI!


    An inverse mono-bander – a whole new market. It’s a brave new marketing world out there!


    • December 18, 2012 at 1:00 pm

      C’mon Dave – be the first kid on your block to own one! They’ll be all the rage!

  2. December 18, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Well the only inverse I would like on the Argonaut VI is one on the price tag: how about $599 rather than $995?

    • December 18, 2012 at 1:22 pm

      Roger, you’re in luck. I’m told that only the initial 12m model is $995 – the other models will in fact cost $599…but since they are not the introductory version, they will have a $396 surcharge.

  3. Jim W1JKA
    December 18, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    This must be the new Non Sense line I’ve been hearing so much about.

  4. December 18, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    I see the Non-12 is also a Non-60, so they’re giving you twice the non-rig for your money.

    • December 18, 2012 at 3:17 pm

      The deal gets non-sweeter all the time. Non-theless, I believe I’ll wait till the Non-160 comes out since I continue to have a non-antenna for that band.

  5. December 19, 2012 at 11:54 am

    In all honesty, I would like to have one of these rigs.

    A TT was my first rig and I’ve always loved them – but more to the point, as new countries to work become fewer & fewer, working them QRP is taking on new attraction. And I lack the self-discipline to work them with the K3 powered down. Too easy to twist that dial on up…

    So I am in search of a dedicated QRP rig and the Argo VI may fit the bill. My hesitation though is the lack of 12m – probably a non-issue for much of Old Sol’s 11 year cycle.

  6. Ron Notarius W3WN
    December 19, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    You need to work on the cut-and-paste; the digits on the “non 30″ clearly look manually edited.

    • December 19, 2012 at 12:30 pm

      I’m on it – annnd…..DONE.

  7. Don
    December 19, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Going to have to get myself a Ten-Tec rig one of these day’s. I work strictly CW and from what I have read on the reviews of this company is that Ten Tec’s are unbeatable for recieve.

    • December 21, 2012 at 1:04 pm

      If there’s an unbeatable characteristic to Ten-Tecs, it’s their QSK.

  8. Keith
    December 20, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    I own one. It is the finest QRP radio I have ever owned or operated. Period.

    • December 21, 2012 at 1:09 pm

      I’m looking forward to reading QST’s review. The clean lay-out most definitely appeals – IF it doesn’t cause an ergonomic compromise on working split.

  9. Don
    March 31, 2014 at 12:06 am

    I own a Ten Tec and absolutely love the receive and it beats my $4K rigs for audio quality and low noise levels.
    Have it now working with my Elecraft K3 and it was plug and play. Ten Ten sent me the cable I needed along with an RCA phono jack.

    73. K9TWO. Since 1959. Don Ferrill

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