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Subject: [TenTec] New Ten Tec 6m/2m Rig
From: pklein@2alpha.net (Peter A. Klein)
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 1999 16:00:42 -0800
Eric Rosenburg wrote:

>Ten-Tec Model 526 All-Mode VHF Transceiver. . .
>It also will be Amateur Radio's first IF-DSP VHF all-mode transceiver. . .
>The 526 will cover 6 and 2 meters with 20 W on each band variable to less
>than 1 W via a front-panel control. . .
>CW/SSB/FM modes
>Separate SO-239 ports for each band
>DSP-based filtering, with approximately 30 filters selectable, 250 Hz to 1
>kHz in 50-Hz steps and 1 to 2.8 kHz in 100-Hz steps

If Scott Robbins or any of the other folks at Ten-Tec are listening, I have
a suggestion for the 526's DSP filtering.  Rather than stopping at 250 Hz
for the tightest selectivity, I would suggest extending the range down to
50 Hz.  

Why?  Because using slow CW and *very* tight filtering (100 Hz or less) is
a great way to copy very weak signals.  Such as the kind you often get in
VHF "beyond line of sight."  Many weak-signal VHF operators know this
trick, as do satellite and moonbounce folks. Even HF CW DXers can benefit
from it under some conditions.  I've been using this ultra-low bandwidth
trick for years, starting with a Heathkit Q-Multiplier in the late 1960s,
later using an Autek active audio filter, and now a Timewave DSP box.

If the 526's selectivity is all done in software with an optical encoder or
plus/minus "clicker" of some sort controlling the selectivity (rather than
a switch with dedicated, hard-coded positions), then it shouldn't be too
expensive to add a little extra code to the DSP.  No expensive hardware
changes needed.

Extending the range down to 50 Hz would mean that even the most demanding
VHFer would not need an external DSP box for the 526.  Especially if it
includes noise reduction similar to what's in the Omni VI (upgraded or
Plus), and has close-in strong signal handling like an Omni.  All this
could make it very attractive to East Coast "RF-Alley" VHF contesters.

73 from KD7MW,
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