Lab-599 Discovery TX-500 Review

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by KI6NAZ, Jul 21, 2020.

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  1. KI6NAZ

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  2. WB2WIK

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    Q: How do you get in touch directly with Lab599 Inc? Address? Phone number? Something?
     
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  3. AE7YD

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    John, does it have CW message memories? I did order one from HRO but couldn't find it in the manual. Unfortunately HRO don't have any stock yet and won't be available until late September. They expect 50 units with 11 already pre-ordered, including mine.
    Thanks for the video.
     
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  4. KF4ZYN

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  5. WB2WIK

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    I read the whole manual also and it does not mention CW memories, so we must assume it hasn't any.

    Other than covering 6m and being slightly smaller, what does this rig offer that the Xiegu G90 doesn't? The Xiegu has a conventional RJ plug mike connector; an internal speaker (it's loud); an internal automatic antenna tuner (the Lab599 doesn't); a conventional key jack; and runs twice the power (20W). It is somewhat larger and doesn't cover 6m, though. They're both SDRs and both have 48 kHz spectrum displays, waterfalls, audio EQ, adjustable bandwidth down to almost nothing, etc.

    Is it the size and 6m coverage that gives this the edge?
     
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  6. N6NLX

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    No internal battery or tuner. It’s a nice looking radio in my opinion but I’m not sure I’d pay 800.00 dollars for it.
     
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  7. KF4ZYN

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    I can't seem to find out anything about the origin of the company. The manual and the HRO website refers to:

    LAB599
    Komsomolskaya 118, Office 10
    Rubtsovsk, Altai Region 658200

    I can't seem to find any reference to the company on the FCC website. Either the website is not up to date with the type acceptance, it was not released yet (e.g. sometimes not disclosed due to marketing reasons), or the importer applied for the type acceptance.

    The internet domain is registered in Russia too.
     
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  8. AE7YD

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    Yes, the 6m. I also have a G90 and a KX2 neither of them have 6m. I'll keep the G90 and sell the KX2. What can I say, I like trying new radios.
     
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  9. N6NLX

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    HRO isn’t even open to demo the radio. Unknown if they will ever be. Last time I looked at their site it doesn’t sound like they plan on opening to the public anytime soon.
    Maybe they will hand the radio through the mail slot so we can look and play with it?
     
  10. WB2WIK

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    I wouldn't even remotely consider buying it without knowing they're in circulation, other people have them, real user reports, etc.

    If there's no way to contact them, how do they provide technical support? Maybe by e.s.p.

    I'll pass.
     
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