Many years ago I had the Viking Navigator and an RME-4350. Truly a nice
outfit in it's day.
My first field day in 1963 I was introduced to the Viking Valiant and a
Drake 2B with Q-multiplier and the old Viking TR Switch.
I was spoiled from the get go I guess. Sure do miss contesting though.
My Omni C died and purchased an Omni VII. I'm not disappointed except for
my lack of antennas.
73, Dave W9TG...
From: Rick - NJ0IP / DJ0IP
Sent: Wednesday, December 08, 2010 9:53 PM
To: 'Discussion of Ten-Tec Equipment'
Subject: Re: [TenTec] Eagle Comparison
The Argonaut V's receiver is really not in the class of the other rigs we
have been talking about.
It's great as a QRP radio or casual radio, and especially for camping
vacations, etc., but the receiver has some shortcomings for contesting.
In Europe we couldn't use it without a preselector or lots of attenuation.
The Scout was not a bad radio in its day and I often played with the idea of
getting another one, but the Eagle put that idea to bed forever. It's a
different price class, but size wise, it's in there with the V and the
The Eagle's receiver will hold its own against anything on the market,
whereas the other two are just fun radios.
I would choose the Scout over the Argonaut V for contest because its RX is
better, with its downward conversion.
I would choose the V over the Scout if I just wanted a fun radio for
As for old rigs, well I'm kinda fond of the Drake 2B with 2BQ Q-Multiplier.
Transmitter wise - I liked the Viking ranger.
I used both many times at other people's shack; never owned either. :-(
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