[TenTec] HamFest & Argonaut V

robert k stephens bstephens1@mindspring.com
Sun, 29 Sep 2002 07:55:23 -0400

Has TenTec released any spec on the Argonaut V ? Wonder what the dynamic
range is?
tnx & 73 de Bob KB1CIW

>http://www.northspartan.org/tentec.html for pictures
>Welp...just got back home from the radio mecca of the 
>southeast...Sevierville, TN. Went up again this year to be a part of a very 
>enjoyable hamfest and gathering. Was special this year in that TenTec was 
>putting its 2 newest radios on tables for anxious fingers to play with. The 
>Orion and the Argonaut V were brought out to the operating tent at 5:00pm 
>on Friday. All eyes were turned in their direction. Amazingly I was able to 
>slip in through the tent flap to one of the tables as the radios were being 
>set up. Even more amazing was the fact that I was the first one to operate 
>the Argonaut V at that table. As a matter of fact, to my knowledge, I was 
>the first to make a contact with either one of the Argonauts (were two of 
>them)! WOW!!!
>I was able to spin the tuning knob using both the slow tuning mode and the 
>fast tuning mode until I found a QSO on 14.264. While waiting for a chance 
>to throw in my callsign I fiddled some with the buttons on the front panel. 
>Set the rig for full power (20 Watts) and IMpatiently waited for a chance 
>to call. At approximately 5:30pm I threw my call out and was thrilled to 
>hear KE1MB, Joe, from MA answer me. Had a quick 5 minute QSO with him. 
>Received a great audio report on the Argonaut V. He was impressed with what 
>it was doing on 20 watts into a G5RV antennae.
>My impression of the Argonaut V was, "Stan, can't I please go ahead and 
>bring mine home while I am at TENTEC?" Unfortunately, he told me that I 
>would still have to wait for it to be shipped in October. :(  For those 
>wondering, the tuning knob is a heavy hunk of zinc that had a great feel to 
>it. It had a finger hole if needed for quick spinning. But, with the fast 
>tune enabled (FUNC key then FAST key) you really fly across the band. I was 
>only able to spend about 5-10 minutes with the rig due to others who wanted 
>their turn. <grin>, but the time I spent with it was rewarding. The 
>controls were all very intuitive. Was able to do what I wanted without the 
>aid of a 10 lb manual. The receive audio was very good.
>Be sure to check out my pictures at http://www.northspartan.org/tentec.html 
>. These pictures will not appear on a menu anywhere. Only way to them is by 
>typing in the address or clicking on the link.
>What a great trip!
>Ken/NO4D (who is awaiting the delivery truck in October)
>Oh, by the way, that is me on the bottom line of pictures with the 
>microphone in my hand and the grin on my face!
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