Just before Christmas of 2011, Wayne Greene of 73 Magazine released the entire collection of that magazine to the public domain. I posted a convenient way to download those 518 issues and that posting ranks as my all-time highest hit count so I know many hams around the world now have those 17GB of great reading on their hard drives.
Since then though, 73 Magazine has been uploaded to the Internet Archive database here. Although the Internet Archive has its own search engine, I’ve found this one to be more helpful in finding what I’m looking for.
By now everyone knows about Ten Tec’s sale for the month of July. During breaks from my KD1JV MTRv2 build last night, I read QST reviews of the Ten Tec Argonaut. You know – the one without 12 meters – and I gotta say that I’m mighty tempted to get one. I also looked at the QST reviews for Elecraft’s KX3 to compare – the specs are all top-notch but the form factor turns me off to that rig.
My log for the past few months shows some good DX worked on 12 meters – DX that wouldn’t be available on a new Argo. But still, they’re good-looking and excellent-performing rigs. And then there’s the nostalgia thing of Ten Tec providing me entry into this hobby with a Century 21 back in the day.
Speaking of Elecraft – if you’ve ever wanted a 4-band K1, it’s too late. No mas. According to Wayne N6KR:
The 4-band module requires extremely low-temperature-coefficient trimmer capacitors because of its narrow-band pre-mix and RF band-pass filters. The last source for these exotic trimmers dried up recently. A redesign using higher-TC trimmers might be possible, but the filters would end up being triple-tuned, which would force the use of SMD components throughout, and tuning the filters would then be very difficult without a spectrum analyzer.
Sales volume for the K1 has decreased in recent years due to the KX1 (which is smaller and has a DDS VFO), and the KX3 (which covers all bands, all modes, with up to 12 W output and has a much more capable auto tuner, nicer user interface, etc.). So the cost of a redesign wouldn’t be recovered.
That said, for the time being we’re continuing to offer the two-band version and the other options (KAT1 ATU, KBT1 battery pack, etc.).
And back to Ten Tec…
Fred AA7BQ recently toured Ten Tec’s factory and posted a lot of photos. Though TT will be moving soon as a result of their merger with Alpha Amplifiers it’s interesting to see the birthplace of so many great radios.
Check out the photos by clicking on the photo below:
May I brag a bit?! The postman delivereth: