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Re: [TenTec] Beginner Short Wave Receiver

To: Richard Knox <knoxcol@aol.com>, Discussion of Ten-Tec Equipment <tentec@contesting.com>
Subject: Re: [TenTec] Beginner Short Wave Receiver
From: geoffrey mendelson <geoffreymendelson@gmail.com>
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Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 22:05:02 +0300
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On 5/22/2015 9:20 PM, Richard Knox via TenTec wrote:
I'd like to introduce my neighbor's boys (ages 6, 8 and 10) to the world of 
short wave listening and Amateur Radio.

If anyone has a model 1253 or 1054 receiver in good working condition that they 
would like to sell, please contact me off list at KnoxCOLat AOL.com

If you want to do it yourself, you can buy this kit (I have not built any of their kits):


There is an English version of the manual in the download section.

If you want to roll your own, you can look up MK484 circuits. They are the basis for a simple AM receiver. The 1970's version of the chips, the ZN414 covered LW and MW broadcast bands, the later versions the MK484 went up to around 4 mHz, and the latest, TA7642 will cover LW up to the 39m shortwave band. They will drive a high impedance earphone for a year on a single AA battery, and you can add a cheap transistor (BC547, 2n2222) to drive a computer/walkman headset. If you really are good with google, you can find out how to add regeneration to them, which gives you both more sensitivity and the ability to decode cw and ssb.

The TA7642 sell for about $5 each from US vendors that specialize in crystal radios, etc. You can get a 100 of them postage included, from China for that on eBay.

There are many circuits for them on the internet, and lots of videos on YouTube.


Geoffrey S. Mendelson 4X1GM/N3OWJ
Jerusalem Israel.

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