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Argosy II User impressions

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Subject: Argosy II User impressions
From: dfi@indirect.com (Scott Cowling)
Date: Tue, 7 May 1996 02:55:52 -0700 (MST)
> Before I look for one of these puppies to add to my 'stable', I 
> thought it might be a good idea to solicit some opinions. Regarding
> the above, I'd like to know ....
> 1) After the 'new' left, what did you think of it? Any regrets?

I have an OMNI VI, a TS-50, a Scout and a Drake C-line (in addition to
the Argosy).  I would sell every one of them before I would part with
the Argosy.

> 2) It has a free running VFO/PTO. Any drift problems?

I haven't noticed any.  I'm afraid I can't say the same for the Scout.
The Scout is still a good radio, though....

> 3) The AGC is audio derived. Any problems with it popping and other
>    nasties?

I like audio-derived AGC.  A little popping keeps you awake on FD :-)
It is never annoying enough to bother me.

> 4) What was the filtering like in stock form and did adding extra
>    filters improve it? How well did/does it stand up in a crowded 
>    band?

I have the 500 Hz crystal filter and the audio filter.  I highly recommend
both of them.  During FD I use the audio filter more than the xtal filter.

> All input appreciated, thank you.

I have used the Argosy on every FD (except '95 when I went QRO) since
'81 or '82 (they all seem to run together now.....), in the mobile (I don't
recommend it for mobile) and at the home QTH.  It is a great radio!  If
you can find one, they go for around $400 +/- accessories; it's a great

Tempe, AZ


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