[TenTec] In praise of older technology AM transmit with TenTec rigs
wa9jml at frontier.com
Thu Feb 27 18:01:45 EST 2014
It doesn't work AM, but my Corsair II still has great performance. I
have been having a great time working the ARRL Centennial stations with
Aside from its still formidable performance, it is intuitively easy to
use. If I want to change bands, I turn a knob. If I want to change the
speed of the keyer, I turn another knob. If I want to change the power
level, that takes a turn of another knob. The only part of it that it
took me a while to master is that really useful ability to tune the
receiver to two different frequencies in the same band when using the
external VFO. Not a menu in sight. I have noted that the Corsair II
manual normally resides in the desk drawer. When I am using the
Argonaut VI, the manual is on the desk and in frequent use. I suspect
that the Argo VI has an even better receiver than does the Corsair II.
When I visited the factory a few years ago, Stan turned me loose in the
ham shack, and I was playing with the Omni VII and the Eagle. I liked
the ability to key in frequencies on the Omni VII, just like on my
Argonaut II, but the Eagle seemed to be easier to use. So, when I wear
out the Corsair II, I will have some tough deciding to do.
I am not sure what radios the T32C folks were using, but they managed to
hear my 5 watt signal on 12 meters from the Argonaut II with my lowly
trap vertical. Then came back to me, but must not have gotten my report
as that contact was not on their log page. I did work them a number of
times with the Corsair II and my Omni V.9.
I also really like the #217 RF Speech Clipper. That seems to help get
out with both the Corsair II and the Argonaut VI.
Then, there is my 238C tuner...
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