Lab599 Discovery TX-500 - A different perspective

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by OH8STN, Sep 30, 2020.

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  1. AJ6KZ

    AJ6KZ Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    I seem to be the only person who doesn't treat my radio like it is a horseshoe. But fair enough.
  2. N8DAH

    N8DAH Ham Member QRZ Page

    I don't either.

    Going on a 3+ day hike with everything I need to live on my back for over 20+miles every ounce counts. If I have to bring a pelican type case with me and a bag of add-ons its a no go. The reason I don't bring my radio is just that, I don't want to have to worry about it being mistreated accidentally or add pounds to my carry weight.
  3. KI4POT

    KI4POT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Definitely. Sometimes the labels don't even appear to be direct abbreviations of the function but some system code they decided was good enough.

    Agree, but then there are those who brag/complain about never using the mic that comes with their radio, so maybe Elecraft made this an option to appease those who don't want a mic? Rather than paying $60 for a traditional mic, I use a set of Sony stereo earbuds with built-in mic and a splitter cable. That seems to work well and is lighter

    Is it though? Based on comments earlier in this thread there isn't much to shock-proofing modern electronics. I don't think I've seen reports of anyone damaging their KX2 through incidental drops. I've owned the 817nd and now own a KX2 and the former, while heavier, isn't constructed anymore robustly inside.

    I do have the side rails and top cover, but I bought mine used and it came with those items. I tend to rely on the side rails more has handholds than protection (though the top cover is nice for containing the Sony ear buds when the radio is not in use).

    The 817/818 is a lot of radio for the money. The main reason I switched was to get a smaller, lighter package with an internal tuner and better receiver. Still, if someone was looking for a first QRP field rig, the 818 would be a strong suggestion. I'd leave the KX2 for folks who have a bit more experience and can articulate why they "need" it over other choices.

    That was why I bought my KX2. I got rid of a lot of stuff in my bag as a result. At the moment, my minimal station is the KX2 in a Lowepro CS40 pouch, the internal battery, a BNC-to-binding-post adapter, a 36' length of wire, and a 17' length of wire. That'll get me on the air 40-10 and allow me to operate for a few hours in the field. It fits in the large pocket of my Camelback Lobo and will not be noticed on a hike or trail run.

    I don't think a Pelican case is necessary unless you are tossing it around like gym equipment. If I were taking it in my pack for a multi-day hike, I would just put it in the CS40 pouch I mentioned above and make sure it isn't on the bottom of the pack where it would impact the ground if I set my pack down too hard. Otherwise, I wouldn't worry about it.

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  4. KE8OKM

    KE8OKM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Julian. Love your review and operating style. I am checking the HRO TX500 status daily. When they are physically in stock I will purchase one. HRO is pushing the radios arrival to late November now.

  5. KI4WCA

    KI4WCA Ham Member QRZ Page

    See my avatar for my homebrew manual tuner! I put an AH-4 at the feed point of my 90 ft sloping wire and now tune 80-6
    and 160 with a series inductor between the tuner and the wire. I used to only use 160-20 with the tuner in the shack. Efficiency went up a lot with the tuner at the feed point. If I was doing portable QRP I would just build a small L-tuner and be done with it!

    That being said, the robot remote tuner is fantastic. I only recently made my first contacts on 10, 15, and 17 with it.

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