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[TenTec] Scout VS. DX-77

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Subject: [TenTec] Scout VS. DX-77
From: kg5u@hal-pc.org (Dale L. Martin)
Date: Fri, 29 Oct 1999 18:13:22 -0500

>On Fri, 29 Oct 1999, Dale L. Martin wrote:
>> >The rig to fill the niche above the Scout but below an Omni VI
>> >be the Elecraft K2, or something like it,
>> Isn't Elecraft K2 a QRP rig?  Exactly what niche would it be
>> between a Scout and Omni VI?
>No, it isn't necessarily a QRP rig.  It comes with 10 watts output
>(or a little more, not technically QRP) but optional 100 watt
>module is either offered or will be offered in place of the
>antenna tuner and internal battery, i.e., it goes inside the
>small box if that is what you want - a 100 watt rig.
Vaporware?  I saw the amp referenced in the description, but not in
the price list.

Also, the battery is mounted in a set of brackets inside the radio.
There is some amount of screwdriver activity needed to replace the
battery (obviously, the designer never owned an MFJ-259).

Also, SSB is optional AND extra cost, as is the noise blanker, and
other items.

>It would fill a receiver niche at any rate.  The receiver specs
>compete quite favorably with the OMNI VI in many respects, and
>as a kit offer the potential for personal mods.  Check the webpage
>www.elecraft.com for comparisons.  I believe they make a few
>direct comparisons with the OMNI VI and /or the Scout in some
>technical aspects.
I sat down with a K2 a few weeks ago at the W5 DX Bash (I think it was
N5CQ's; I'm not sure).  It's a nice radio.  But, I'd hardly put it on
a scale with the Omni VI receiver.  Not having a VI there to compare,
my impression was that the K2 is a nice enough QRP radio and has some
interesting features.  For a fixed station radio, I think I would opt
for a Pegasus.  For a QRP, car-camping radio, the K2 might be fine, if
not expensive--$600-$900 and that's before the 100w amp, whatever it's
cost may be.

It may well be that the Omni V, Delta II, Pegasus are THE mid-range
Ten-Tec radios.

dale, kg5u

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