[TenTec] In praise of older technology AM transmit with TenTec rigs

Rick - DJ0IP / NJ0IP Rick at DJ0IP.de
Fri Feb 28 02:10:08 EST 2014

Hey, before the K3 arrived, most of the world contesting records were set
with middle-class radios, because nobody wanted to carry huge boxes with
them on trips.
The old IC-735 was probably the most popular travel rig for many years, but
also stuff like FT-747, etc.

The current all-time world records in CQWW SSB and CW were set using Kenwood
Even with 400 Hz Inrad roofing filter, its BDR3 is just 77dB.

That's why I keep shouting "IT'S THE ANTENNA, STUPID!"   ;-)

But in all honesty, when you are as far away from the rest of the world as
the Christmas Island gang was, the signals are not all arriving at 30 over
9.  Thus the ultra high performance was not as important.  The guys on our
side of the pileup need the good receivers!

73 - Rick, DJ0IP
(Nr. Frankfurt am Main)

-----Original Message-----
From: TenTec [mailto:tentec-bounces at contesting.com] On Behalf Of John
Sent: Friday, February 28, 2014 1:19 AM
To: Discussion of Ten-Tec Equipment
Subject: Re: [TenTec] In praise of older technology AM transmit with TenTec

Rick - DJ0IP / NJ0IP wrote:
> They had a container full of FT-5000 transceivers ....
> Yaesu loaned them a bunch of FT-450D's
We do get caught up in the 'need' to have every bell and whistle on our
radios.  Makes you wonder if they would have done any better if they had had
the FT-5000's instead of the FT-450's ?  Maybe not....

73 de K1ESE

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