Lab599 Discovery TX-500 - A different perspective

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  1. WN1MB

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    I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a spacecraft, to treat everything as if it were a tree.
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  2. PA0MHS

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    No. The vibration and drop tests for this standard are for maritime applications. Most vibrations on a ship do not exceed 1G. There are IPC standards for this too. One of them, IPC-650, tests up to 25G though!
  3. W6UXB

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    Replying to my own post, I have been looking at this radio a little deeper and as I only want the HF/6M availability it is looking like a real winner, incredibly sturdy, I think I would rather go for this than the 705 and a lot less expensive, will have to wait for a wide spread release
  4. N8DAH

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    I might have to get one to replace my mcHF v6. I always want to take my mcHF on hikes and camping but in order to do so the case to protect it is large and adds too much weight. This rig has been on my radar for over a year and happy that its about to release.

    I had a KX2 and honestly didn't like it. Things I felt a radio should have it didn't, even the mic was an add on, how the base radio doesn't come with a mic kills me (yes yes I know it has a crap one built in). I ended up trading it for a mcHF and some cash. After modding my mcHF and adding the internal tuner I paid under 500$ total for it vs 880$ with no tuner and an 80$ mic.

    To me at this point having owned the "big boy" toys from Elecraft, Kenwood, Icom and that other one I won't mention...I feel like we are starting to pay for names on radios and nothing more.

    I do own and love my 7300 but that's another story for another time.

    Good Vid keep it up
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  5. W6UXB

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    I am going for this radio, even though it uses the Prolific chip set for USB instead of the FTDI, and does not have an internal speaker (that might be a positive) it is nearly everything I have been looking for, throw the thing in a backpack with my WolfCoils SOTA antenna and a 12 AH Bienno battery, not forgetting the YouKits FG01 analyzer. Off I jolly well go ! 73 to y'all Geoff
  6. AJ6KZ

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    Ugh. I didn't realize that. The TX-500 doesn't really hit my needs but I still think it's a cool radio. I was actually thinking about buying one until I found out it has relay switching. I got rid of my 7300 because that relay (I only do CW) eventually drove me nuts, even doing all the mitigations.
  7. AJ6KZ

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    I'm curious to know what it didn't have that you felt it should have. I could have sent you my mic. It's around here somewhere I think...
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  9. AJ6KZ

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    That is great. I am happy to see that he is still doing testing.
  10. N8DAH

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    Easier to use audio interface, or built in audio isolation on the audio ports even a built in sound card it is the year 20xx.

    Easier to use menus with abbreviations I don't have to check the web or the manual to make sense of.

    For a price of 804$ base before taxes a MIC? Seems borderline greedy to offer a mic as a "option"

    Stock protections for the radio, as it is stock you even slightly drop it for more than a few inches its over. Even my stock mcHF I worry a lot about damage in the field. When Julian said the part about having a radio built for the field but is to delicate, it stuck me dead center as that's one of my concerns with all the other field radios I have had.

    List goes on really, I just didn't want to turn it into a Elecraft bash post. People love the KX2 and other Elecraft radios. That is fine with me I just don't feel I am getting the radio I should be for the price they are asking. In my honest opinion (and I don't like this brand almost ever) the FT-818 or 817 is way more bang for the buck when compared to a Kx2. The Kx3/2 does have a lot of "add ons" but it will cost you.

    When I look at a radio like the TX500, mcHF or kx2 I am not always looking for 999 features in the menu or fancy display. I am looking at price, how many cables do I need to use the radio, can I make said cables, does it have what I need built in, do I have to bring a bag of extras to make it do what I want.

    I don't hate Elecraft I just don't like what they offer for my wants/needs and I'll be honest any time I had a issues with my KX2 or a question the cold shoulder/attitude I got when asking said questions was the last straw for me.

    Some of this can and does apply to Kenwood as well as Icom too. The new Icom qrp rig feels like they just didn't get it, Kenwood hasn't made a qrp ever? When I asked Kenwood about issues with my new HT they said and I quote "Don't even ask I don't want to hear about it" when I asked if Kenwood would ever make a qrp rig they said and I quote "it has a power knob" referring to just turning the power down on a big rig. So it isn't just Elecraft that falls short for me and what I want out of a field radio.


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