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Re: [TenTec] TenTec 1254 ---THANKS

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Subject: Re: [TenTec] TenTec 1254 ---THANKS
From: Bwana Bob <wb2vuf@verizon.net>
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Date: Mon, 27 Dec 2010 23:15:24 -0500
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No, I don't have any processor problems. I was referring to the mod kit 
available here:  http://www.cholakian.com/TT1254upgrade.html, although I 
don't find the coarse tuning steps of the 1254 that much of a burden.

There are a number of popular portable general coverage transceivers on 
the market, most notably the Yaesu FT-857, and 897 and the ICOM 703 and 
706, and the IC-7200.  The QRP FT-817, while cute, and a lot of guys 
like them, in my opinion it does not run enough power for reliable 
communication under poor band conditions (a frequent occurrence, given 
the lack of sunspots. Most of these radios are not well suited to 
battery operation, because their typical current drain on receive is 
about 1.5 amps. Older Ten-Tec radios do much better in the battery drain 
area. A possible exception is the Yaesu VX-1210, which is a commercial 
20 watt manpack radio, currently favored by the "HF pack" crowd.

I have an original  Paragon as the main radio, but I use a Scout for 
portable vacation use. I use it with a reel-out dipole and it works 
great.  I've looked at other portable rigs, but after reading a lot of 
reviews and user comments, I always decide to stick with the Scout.

The 1254 will certainly meet your needs if you mate it up with a simple 
CW transmitter.  Yes, the political and economic situation is spooky. I 
keep a 72 hour kit and maintain all the radios, especially HF. Here in 
NJ, there isn't much else that I can do. "Bugging out" is not really an 

                     Bob WB2VUF


On 12/25/2010 12:19 PM, ARDUJENSKI@aol.com wrote:
> Bob
> Thank you for the note and a Merry Christmas to you and yours.
> PROCESSOR: Are you talking about resetting the processor to cure some  ills?
> COMPROMISE: Personally I am looking for a SW receiver that can double for
> communications receiver. If the K2 was general coverage including the MF BC
> bands I would jump at it as being a great all in one radio. My Paragon II
> does  all that but is not portable and would be a battery hog. I am looking
> beyond as  our country's situation worsens. Besides the 6 months food and
> water for the  family this general coverage receiver which can also cover SSB
> and CW would be a  great addition.
> MODS: You would think it would be a minor investment for TT to sell limited
>   TT-1254 mod kits which would sweeten the 1254 for more hams
> Take care
> Alan KB7MBI
> In a message dated 12/25/2010 8:00:44 A.M. Pacific Standard Time,
> wb2vuf@verizon.net writes:
> Alan:
> Merry Christmas!
> Thank you for the links. I was  aware of the mods on Marshall Emm's
> (mtechnologies) web site, but the  replacement processor  mod is really
> exciting. It would bring the  receiver capabilities up an order of
> magnitude!  Has anyone purchased  this mod kit?
> A couple more thoughts on the 1254 vs some of the  shortwave portables.
> The typical portable includes the FM broadcast  band,  and a built-in
> ferrite antenna for the AM broadcast   band, which may be important to
> you. Also, they have a built in-whip  antenna. The Ten-Tec is designed to
> use an external antenna.    However, AM/FM portable radios (some with
> hand cranked power) are readily  available.  The Grundig/Eton receivers
> seem to get mixed reviews.  Some have tuning quirks or need their
> alignment tweaked. The best of the  shortwave portables seems to be the
> Sony 7600 series.  If you are  looking for a "communications" receiver,
> then the Ten-Tec stacks up  well.  Unlike the portables, it does not
> overload when connected to  an outside antenna. I typically run mine on
> an 80 meter dipole or a full  size 40 meter loop.  As discussed, there is
> enough room inside for  mods, including filters, a muting circuit, etc.
> Plus, it's fun to  build. (I grew up in the heyday of Heathkit).
> 73,
> Bob WB2VUF
> On 12/22/2010 9:29 AM,  ARDUJENSKI@aol.com wrote:
>> I want to thank the large group of you who  responded to my question(s)
>> pertaining to the TT-1254. I found them  invaluable.  Comments were
> balanced
>> and well presented  Additionally I wanted to share with you all two other
>>   perspectives:
>>   _http://www.mtechnologies.com/tt1254/1254.htm_
>>   (http://www.mtechnologies.com/tt1254/1254.htm)
>>   _http://www.cholakian.com/TT1254upgrade.html_
>>   (http://www.cholakian.com/TT1254upgrade.html)
>> I now feel well  prepared to evaluate the PROs and CONs of TT-1254 and
>> apply to my  decision making process. Granted it is no "Eagle" purchase
> and I
>>   appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts and  insight
>> Thank you all and a very Merry  Christmas
>> Alan KB7MBI
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