Here's my view on your question John.
Argosy - The Argosy, at least the later Argosy and all Argosy II's have a great
from my experience. Had terrible power line noise for several years and during
that time my
favorite rigs were the Argosy and the Triton IV. Of course the Triton is out
because it does
not have any WARC bands and the Argosy has only 30 meters. The down side of
is the lack of RF gain control. There is a mod to install one. I got around
it by putting a 18db
attenuator in line between the t/r switching circuit and the RF board.
Switched it in and out
with the push pull power switch on the volume control.
Early Corsair - I'm not sure about the original Corsair as I only had (and
still have) a C II. As I
recall, when first got my C II, an early serial number unit, it had a very good
However, at that time we had trouble with the Russian Woodpecker radar pulses
conventional noise blankers were not very effective. Ten-Tec sent an upgraded
blanker board to registered owners of the C II of which I was one. I swapped
boards and the
new one worked better with the woodpecker. BUT it did not work very well on
This all from memory so take it for what it's worth. Anyone else get the
blanker board from TT? Please jump in and give us your experience.
On 10 Mar 2012 at 22:21, John wrote:
> I am suffering from some rather bad noise on 17m (the worst band for
> it) and on other bands from time to time. I am working on trying to
> eliminate it at its source, but there is a limit to what one can do.
> So, I am thinking of trying to pick up an older HF rig that will be as
> quiet as possible. Here are my thoughts on what I want:
> 1. Solid State
> 2. Ham bands only (better, tighter band pass filters)
> 3. Non-synthesized-no phase noise
> 4. Good noise blanker that takes out line noise and other electronic
> crud 5. $400 or less
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