Category Archives: QRP Radios

Ten-Tec Hamfest, Argonaut VI update

This weekend, I’m heading to the Ten-Tec Hamfest at the Ten-Tec factory in Sevierville, Tennessee.  This is, hands down, my favorite hamfest of the year. Not only is it completely free, but the ham radio flea market section has a … Continue reading

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Ten-Tec Argonaut VI: On schedule for ordering, shipping later this fall

I just received word from John Henry at Ten-Tec that their time frame for production runs of the Model 539 (Argonaut VI) is  on-track with estimates provided at the 2012 Dayton Hamvention. John said: We are running a small production … Continue reading

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A Grocery Store Find — a Portable QRP Station Bag!

I found an almost perfect bag for carrying a small QRP transceiver, simple antenna, and accessories yesterday in our local Aldi grocery store. The bag (photo) is manufactured by “Adventure Essentials”, is described as an insulated lunch bag, is available … Continue reading

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Hamvention Photos: Hendricks QRP Kits

Another very active table at the Dayton Hamvention and Four Days in May is that of Hendricks QRP Kits. Doug Hendricks (pictured right) and his team produce some amazing, affordable QRP kits that fill many a niche in the shack. … Continue reading

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Video: Tuning the Ten-Tec Argonaut VI

As Ten-Tec was setting up at the Dayton Hamvention last Thursday, I was able to meet with their engineer (John Henry) briefly and had a little time to play with the new Model 539 Argonaut VI. As I tuned around … Continue reading

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Sneak peek: Ten-Tec Model 539 Argonaut VI and Model 418 Amplifier at FDiM and Hamvention

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to see the new Argonaut VI and Model 418 100 Watt amplifier up close and even operate them. Though I’ll keep my comments short–I have a l o n g day at the Hamvention ahead … Continue reading

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The Ten-Tec Argonaut VI: the Model 539 QRP transceiver follows the legend (while we follow the spec sheet!)

I well remember first speaking with a Ten-Tec rep at the Ten-Tec Hamfest last year when the company first displayed the concept Model 539 transceiver, which was beginning to generate enormous interest.  After viewing it, I casually asked the representative … Continue reading

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Vlado’s challenge: home-brewed QRP DXCC

My good friend, Vladimir (Vlado) Karamitrov (N3CZ/ZS6MG) is someone who likes to challenge himself. Perhaps this is why he’s such an accomplished DXer and contester. Recently, at his QTH, he showed me one of his latest projects: a home brewed … Continue reading

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Ten-Tec sale on R4020 and R4030 QRP transceivers

Ten-Tec has just announced that they’ve placed their models R4020 and R4030 two band QRP transceivers on sale. Both are now available for $199 US and include a QRP go-pack (which includes a shoulder bag, rig, and antenna). Very good deal and … Continue reading

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Ten-Tec: Updated info on the Model 539 QRP transceiver and the Model 418 Amplifier

Several of you have written in asking me about updates on the status of the Model 539 and Model 418 from Ten-Tec. I asked Ten-Tec Software Engineer, John Henry, for an update. Here is his response: Hi Tom, We have … Continue reading

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