The availability of a real Model 301 being very low, you might
consider building one.
After about my 12th ("dozenth" doesn't sound right) contest with
my 301, I can tell you there is probably no better, yet no
simpler project one could undertake to add to their station. The
convenience to not have to reach up to the rig everytime you want
to move around the band cannot be fully appreciated until you sit
in front of the rig for 4, 8, 12, 24 or more hours.
Electrically, there's only three parts involved: optical encoder,
cable and DB-25 connector. Cost? About $100. Time? Probably
no more than an hour or so once you have all the parts. Value? I
wouldn't go so far to say priceless (If the price is right, I'd
sell mine in a minute, knowing, of course, that I could build
another in a fairly short time.).
Check my home page. I have a text description of how to build a
From: Alex Mendelsohn <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Beamer, Jay <JBeamer@PanAmSat.com>; email@example.com
Date: Sunday, September 06, 1998 14:40 PM
Subject: Re: [TenTec] Wanna buy a 301?
>I'd like one for my Omni-V.
>Vy 73, AI2Q, Alex in Kennebunk, Maine .-.-.
>> From: Beamer, Jay <JBeamer@PanAmSat.com>
>> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
>> Subject: [TenTec] Wanna buy a 301?
>> Date: Friday, September 04, 1998 10:46 AM
>> Hello Everyone.
>> Got ya, didn't I? Just a wild thought this morning. I'm
in a rare
>> mood. For those that know what a 301 is, we all know how
>> be snapped up if someone listed one for sale on the
>> just got to thinking, why not take a poll as to what kind
>> there really is for the darn things. We know we can build
>> by buying the encoder from Ten Tec and putting it in our
>> for us hard core, everything must match and be authentic
>> individuals, using a project box won't do.
>> So, what I'm saying is, let me know if you have an
interest in a
>> and let me know if you wouldn't mind building it
yourself. Maybe we
>> can persuade Ten Tec into making the boxes, painting
>> sticking the logo on, and then just shipping the 301 box,
>> coiled cable, and the optical encoder with a schematic
and we could
>> build them ourselves. The additional parts required would
>> buyer's responsibility.
>> I don't think anyone wants Ten Tec to do this for free,
>> Tec, make it worth you while! Ten Tec has always been
fair with us.
>> Maybe Ten Tec would even build them. And Scott/Ten Tec,
no rush on
>> something like this. I think everyone would be satisfied
>> that they can get one in the next few months, like say,
>> So, how many do you want and do you mind building it
>> Torrance, Ca.
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