[TenTec] My First Ten-Tec

wade staggs tvman1954 at gmail.com
Tue Jul 3 18:18:44 PDT 2012

I got my first Ten-Tec in a trade for a Laptop Computer. Until that point
my only HF rigs were the Heathkit SB-101 that I built too..... many years
ago,and a Kenwood TS-820. I was told that the Paragon ( 585 ) had some
gremlins in it. After reworking the Major and Minor Loop boards,  I still
had one more. With the help of Paul Clinton at Ten-Tec, and after he had
sent me the two diodes that I needed ( Free of Charge ) I was and have been
up and on the air for over two and a half years. I LOVE THIS RADIO ! ... It
is the only Ten-Tec that I have ever operated. The Receiver is Amazing with
the 1.8 filter. And my only thoughts are, what are the New Ten-Tec's like?
I have a $ 50.00 Laptop Computer invested in this one. My Paragon is not
for sale. Being on Social Security Disability, money is always tight. There
would be no way to get a better radio with the proceeds from a sale or
trade. Yes, I fire the old Heathkit up now and then. Got a chance at Field
Day to operate Yaesu's Latest and Greatest.  I will stay with the Paragon.
Maybe, some day if, I live long enough a deal on an Eagle or OrionII will
come along. Ten-Tec service is Legendary, Paul Clinton will bend over
backwards to help a fellow Ham out. Why would I want anything accept a
Ten-Tec? Come by and Check In to the Tennessee Phone Net some Wednesday
night. 6:30 PM Central. Me and the Paragon will be taking Check In's .... I
will bet you can't tell the difference between my station and a $ 5000.00
radio ! Well, that's my story and I am sticking to it.
                                                73 de Wade/KJ4WS

On Tue, Jul 3, 2012 at 3:49 PM, Rick - DJ0IP / NJ0IP <Rick at dj0ip.de> wrote:

> I am interested in hearing how others came to their first Ten-Tec radio,
> why
> they bought it and how they used it.
> Jim, if you feel this is not an appropriate topic for the Forum, then pull
> the emergency brake.
> DJ0IP's First Ten-Tec:  Argonaut 505
> 1974:  I was living in Berlin, fresh out of the US Army.  I wanted to
> remain
> in Germany for a couple of years and tour Europe by motorcycle.  I had a
> Honda CB-750 with a full Fairing on it.  A great touring bike for its day.
> Radios at that time were mostly BIG tube radios, or perhaps hybrid with a
> transistorized RX, transistorized low-level TX stages, but a tube driver
> and
> pair of tubes final - not conducive for traveling by motorbike and camping.
> In December I visited the local ham radio shop in Berlin, who happened to
> be
> a Ten-Tec dealer (as well as everything else).  He had a brand new Ten-Tec
> Argonaut 505 on display.  It was love at first site.  Exactly what I needed
> for my planned 2 year bike tour of Europe.  Liechtenstein, Andorra, San
> Morino, Marraco... there were plenty of expedition targets on my hit list.
> Little did I know at the time that 2 years would become 20 years.  I bought
> the Argonaut as a Christmas gift to myself.  After all, I had no family in
> Berlin.
> This radio and its successor, the Argonaut 509, accompanied me on bike
> tours
> for the next 20 years or so.  It was the perfect radio for operating off of
> the motorbike battery because it's current drain on RX was only 150 mA when
> the dial lamps were switched off.
> The 509 was eventually modified considerably, getting an 8-pole SSB filter
> and 8-pole cw filter, as well as a home-brew audio filter, all installed
> inside the transceiver. Sometimes I even took the 405 amplifier with me on
> the trips.  It was always a tough decision:  the amp or the XYL?
> The highlight of my travels was taking first place overall in Europe in CW
> Field Day; must have been 1987 or 1988.  FD is a club sport and I operated
> alone, but using an HB0 call sign surely helped draw attraction to my QRP
> signal.  I beat all of the clubs in Europe in the QRP class.
> When my XYL complained about getting wet too much on motorbike camping
> trips, I gave in and switched to an RV. That was about 1996. I was nearly
> 50
> years old and had never had a vacation without the motorcycle.  The
> Argonaut
> was replaced by a Scout, and then later an Argosy.  For some of the
> important contests, I took along my Omni VI+.
> Unfortunately I did not take many pictures back in those days, but some of
> my expeditions with the Argonaut are pictured on my web site:
> http://www.dj0ip.de/my-expeditions/ .
> That's my Ten-Tec story, or at least the start of it.
> 73
> Rick, DJ0IP
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