Lab599 Discovery TX-500 - A different perspective

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

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  1. OH8STN

    OH8STN Ham Member QRZ Page

    The g90 is a magnificent radio. I don't have any arguments with you there. The thing I tried to get across and my video was the ruggedness of the tx500. I love my g90 and it's been an absolute blast. But when I need a radio to go out and rough conditions, the cold, the rain, and I don't want to carry a Pelican case to protect it, I think I'll be carrying the tx500. Excellent thing is there's lots of options out today for every budget. Thanks for the awesome comment and perspective. It's very much appreciated.
    73
    Julian oh8stn
     
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  2. OH8STN

    OH8STN Ham Member QRZ Page

    Very well said!
    73
    Julian oh8stn
     
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  3. OH8STN

    OH8STN Ham Member QRZ Page

    To be fair I've already said it's nice to have a tuner so that I don't have to go outside the shelter to adjust my antenna. I'm not really a big fan of external tuners because it's a lot of finger fiddling. Even so, it's not a big deal and it's an easy task. I really don't understand this automatic everything mentality in the world today. The good news is, there are choices on the market today. If someone wants a radio with a tuner, they can certainly have one. I recently reviewed the g90 and the x5105. Both with tuners both with their own unique capabilities. Sometimes though, it would be nice to chop down a tree with your radio, and knowing you won't damage your radio in the process :)
    73
    Julian oh8stn
     
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  4. OH8STN

    OH8STN Ham Member QRZ Page

    I 100% agree. They were some parts of the video which I removed in final edit for I said basically built like a Russian tank. It's not sexy, but it's hard working and gets it done! I'm not a fanboy oc one country's engineering philosophies over another, but I am a fanboy of well-made radios.
    Thanks for the comment and the kindness, It's very much appreciated.
    73
    Julian oh8stn
     
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  5. OH8STN

    OH8STN Ham Member QRZ Page

    This is total bollocks. If you add up the cost of the ft817/ft818 after adding an unobtainium filter (single filter port), dsp, buy cat control cable, the FR-81x actually costs more than a TX500 which has that and more built in. Nevermind the 8qx is not weather tolerant at all, or the unreadable display.
    Come on, show some freaking objectivity. Its fanboys who make manufacturers think we'll take what they give us. The 817 was innovative in 2000. The 818 is garbage in 3020!
    73
    Julian oh8stn
     
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  6. OH8STN

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    You constantly attack people on various platforms. Ur like those mosquitoes we have here in the Arctic during the summer months.
    I don't take money for reviews, I don't pull any punches on reviews, and if someone won't loan me a radio for a review, someone else usually does. Haters keep talking about profit, but my channel is loss-making. It's not a business. My channel is my way of giving back to a community I'm passionate about. Josh, Bob, Jason, Commsprepper, Guerrillacomms, Smokin Ape, 100 watts and a wire, and many others, all put themselves out there to provide good content to the community. There's a different flavor for everyone. If you don't like the flavors, I would suggest you come up with your own and share your content, putting yourself out there.
    No amount of the hate you share every day, will change the fact that this tx500 is an absolute brilliant surprise for amateur radio. Nobody has to pay me to say that!
    73
     
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  7. AJ6KZ

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    I respectfully disagree. The TX-500 is selling on HRO for $789.95. The KX2 without a tuner sells on Elecraft for $804.95.
     
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  8. OH8STN

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    Can't find that on HRO site, but on Elecraft site, with everything required (not included for 804.95 I suppose)
    The KX2 Shack-In-A-Box includes:
    • KX2 80-10 M SSB/CW/DATA Transceiver
    $1296,60.
    - 80-10 vs 160-56
    - Plastic vs aluminium and wx proof
    - optional tuner vs none.
    Both are great options, but a KX2 would survive about 3 minutes in the field here. That's why rugged options are good. I would love to see a rugged kx2 at that 800 Bucks price.
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    Julian oh8stn
     
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  9. AJ6KZ

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    Well, hang on a second. If you are going to compare against a radio that has no internal tuner shouldn't you be making a comparison that is closer to being accurate? Also, I'm not sure where you get the "plastic" description from. The KX2 has a plexiglass cover for the display but the radio case is metal.

    I am not arguing against the TX-500, by the way. I'm still considering getting one even though it is less suitable for my purposes than the KX2. It's just a neat looking radio.

    https://www.hamradio.com/detail.cfm?pid=H0-017255
     
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  10. HB9PJT

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    It looks to me like you have never seen a KX2.That's because its body is aluminum, not plastic, as you write.

    The original price of the KX2 is 805 USD and for the TX-500 790 USD. If you compare prices, you should add everything you need to the TX-500. You have to look at the price objectively. Both devices have a practically identical price. You don't have to list things that make the KX2 more expensive, but which are not available for the TX-500.

    For me, the KX2 is a much better device.When I use portable QRP, I always want to use the optimal band for propagation so that I have a good chance for good DX-QSO with the low power. In addition I want to be able to switch the band as fast as lightning.But this is not possible with a monoband antenna, it works best with a broadband tuner like in the KX2 and a multiband universal antenna, like a NCDF doublet or a vertical wire antenna. Without a quick band change to the band with the optimal propagation, you will miss the DX. The KX2 is perfect for this.

    I also want to have only one box. I don't want to tediously plug together battery, tuner, TRX etc. in the field.That is what the KX2 is for.

    I also want to have the lightest equipment when I'm on the road or on vacation. There is nothing better than the KX2.

    The performance of the KX2 is also top notch, which I really appreciate. Equivalent to some big station TRXs. There is no other device with this reception quality at this price!

    73, Peter - HB9PJT



     
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