Lab599 Discovery TX-500 - A different perspective

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

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  1. G0NMD

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    I think there may be many reasons why young people are not really interested in amateur radio. Have you looked at the ‘image’ of AR lately?
    Look at the pictures on QRZ.com for a start... Huge towers that cost many thousands of pounds/dollars, radio equipment that cost similar, and some fat old geezer sat in a chair from which he may no longer be capable of moving. Wonderful!
    It shouts “money!” and “inactivity”. Not calculated to interest many youngsters, then.
    Thank goodness for SOTA and some similar set-ups to put an opposite view, but they don’t get seen much by young people.

    If you want youngsters in the hobby then YOU have to go get them. No one will do it for you.
    Les g0nmd
     
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  2. WN1MB

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  3. G0NMD

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  4. WN1MB

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    Don't assume. In our family, I'm "the fun uncle." All my nieces and nephews are now adults and have children, and young adults (!), of their own. I frequently clown around with my grandnieces and grandnephews. Their laughter and smiles are contagious and good for the soul.
     
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  5. KA0HCP

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    Yes, everyone knows that young people are into frugality, self denial, scrimping. Nothing attracts them more than privation and minimalism.
     
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  6. K8XG

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    Interesting in that International's new name makes our military overland equipment... Yes if it falls in enemy hands they would brick it just like was done with Avionics on planes we sold some decades ago...
     
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  7. KL7KN

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    The Tiny House movement shows you are correct for many young people.
     
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  8. KA0HCP

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    Well, then the obvious way to attract them to amateur radio is with oatmeal boxes, magnet wire and diodes! :)
     
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  9. W6UXB

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    Back to the thread, just bought a Wolf River SOTA antenna, I have a 12 AH Bienno LiFE PO4 battery, really thinking of this radio in a Pelican case would be the ultimate portable station, no tuner needed, no battery needed, expensive though, 73 Geoff
     
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  10. OH8STN

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    Dis you watch the entire video? There is a battery pack incoming, but it would have been nice to have one during my time with the radio. I think one reason the kx2 gets little use, is because it's so fragile. It was never designed for real field use, and now there is a cheaper more rugged alternative to Elecrafts "pretend" portable radio

    Operating in the cold, I don't like needing to go outside the shelter and tune the antenna. In that regard a tuner is nice. As a portable operator it is also a no-brainer having the most efficient antenna possible, which isn't incredibly difficult to set up in adverse conditions. So I this isn't a pro/con, but as an individual choice or preference. Does that make sense?
    As for the price of the radio, it's about 400 bucks less than a kx2.
    73
    Julian oh8stn
     
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