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Subject: Re: [TenTec] Best HF Travel Rig
From: Bwana Bob <wb2vuf@verizon.net>
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Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2012 20:51:09 -0500
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My vacation rig for cabin camping is a TT Scout. The Scout, mic, key, 
band modules, power cable and Ten Tec power supply  (the TPS P-11) all 
fit in an attache style tool chest purchased for $20 from Home Depot. A 
reel-out dipole (made from AN/CRT-3 life raft transmitter antenna reels) 
and coax go in a separate duffel bag.

I have a couple of mods that improve the utility of the Scout:

Replaced one 15 pf N1500 capacitor in the PTO with 15 pf NP0.
Set the output power to 30 W to reduce current drain when running on 
battery.  This also reduces heat from the final, which improves PTO 
thermal stability.
Added a mini toggle switch on the rear, in place of the ground lug. The 
switch increases AGC voltage, reducing the receiver IF gain. This makes 
reception on 80 and 40 meters much less fatiguing.

Hey, Chad,

I would like to get a Rock Mite for my go bag.  What band do you 
recommend?  I'm thinking of either 40 or 30 m.


                                 Bob WB2VUF

On 2/14/2012 10:38 AM, Chad Lovelace wrote:
> I had a argosy 525d a while back I took to my folk place was great -- small 
> and 50 watts was good with a straight key didn't have a mic with it simple 
> dipole and a small mfj tuner I was able to hit some islands in the Atlantic 
> and heard plenty of south America -- I also had a tt scout with a bunch of 
> modules that was easy to carry around was a le to put it in a soft side tool 
> bag I had. For power I had a small mfj mity power supply -- it was small and 
> 20 amps was plenty of power -- wish I would have kept those to have now when 
> I go to my folks place I don't really want to carry around my ft847 and the 
> bigger tuner -- I could do it but that would mean I would have to put every 
> thing in a large pelican case and it takes up too much room -- other than my 
> rockmite and a cut dipole thats only what I carry now and it goes in my go 
> bag I carry every day -- a Kata photo bag ( looks like a backpack with some 
> dividers to keep things organized ) and I have room for my iPad and wifi is
>   ust about everywhere I can use that as my log, spots and qrz lookups
> I'm still on the hunt for either a tt scout a ic703 or an argosy 525d I think 
> I could get them in my gobag
> Good luck on finding what you can take to your farm !!
> Chad
> On Feb 13, 2012, at 11:01 AM, "Joe"<joe@n4yg.com>  wrote:
>> I travel to our farm several times a year, and while I am there, I cannot 
>> operate. I guess I could take one of the rigs I have here, but I am 
>> reluctant to leave a rig in the house because it has been broken into. I am 
>> just wondering if several people might like to suggest a good rig to take 
>> along. Small is good, but meduim size with an internal supply would be nice. 
>> It must be a good CW rig. Low priced would be good. I like Ten Tec, but any 
>> brand works.
>> Joe
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