[TenTec] Radios suitable for mobile operation

Duane A Calvin ac5aa at juno.com
Sun Aug 14 01:01:37 EDT 2005

        Though I'm a Ten-Tec fan, I find the IC-706mkII or mkIIG work
fine for me.  I have two of them - one in the truck that works well on
both HF and VHF, and one in the shack that works as a VHF radio (and HF
backup).  I'm not sure what you hear about them "having problems on
certain frequencies", but for an incredible amount of freq coverage in a
single package, I have to say it does a FB job for me.  I run it to a
Hi-Q "screwdriver" type of antenna and it works very well.  Broke an east
coast pileup to S9SS while mobile in N. Texas, but I think it was more a
matter of good timing than "overpowering them" - hi!  I previously ran an
8' whip with a tuner, but the Hi-Q runs circles around it.  Hope this is

        73,  Duane

On Sat, 13 Aug 2005 10:42:47 -0700 "Pete Juliano"
<jessystems at cablespeed.com> writes:
> Hi Ten Tec Users,
> I have been doing a little research on radios that might fill a role 
> in a mobile operating environment. In looking over the various 
> resources it becomes clear all the radios seem to have a problem. I 
> note that even the venerable IC 706 has problems on certain 
> frequencies. Since this will be for occassional use, I do not 
> require something with a lot of bells and whistles.
> That choice really becomes very narrow. I have had both an Argosy II 
> and a Scout. I never used these mobile but both of those rigs had 
> limitations. I think the Scout likes to see more than 13 volts and 
> of course the well known CW problem. Both had the noise blanker 
> option and I must admit the Scout seemed to do a pretty fair job on 
> local noise albeit not in an automobile. So the question: Those of 
> you that run mobile and considering these two rigs which would be 
> better between the two. Secondly based on that selection am I 
> kidding myself that hardly any radio works in the mobile 
> environment. The intended home will be a Jeep Wrangler.
> Thanks for any help --Glad also to see the heat has cooled down on 
> the Orion II. I do have a Triton IV but it is too big for the Jeep.
> Pete W6JFR
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Duane Calvin, AC5AA
Austin, Texas


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