Lab599 Discovery TX-500 Deep Dive & My Review

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by KI6NAZ, Aug 13, 2020.

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  1. KI6NAZ

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    Today I attempt to answer your questions on the Lab599 Discovery TX-500...


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  2. K7JOE

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    My take: more junk

    wait for the IC705, now shipping - is gonna kill all these junk toy wanna be QRP radios.
    KN4RA, K8ROC, KD2ANN and 3 others like this.
  3. K9GLS

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    Or I could buy two junk toy wanna be QRP radios for the price of the 705.
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  4. N6NLX

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    Thanks for the follow up review. I still think it’s a nice looking radio. Hopefully when they come out with the ATU stack they will also integrate a battery pack that fits in the same frame. Instead of three separate added stacks.
    Problem for me is that the cost of the ATU pack and the radio will push it over 1k. I just don’t see it.
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  5. VK6TY

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    Many thanks for the latest review.
    One question what is it like on the AM BC band and will it go down to 470kc.
  6. KD7WPJ

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    This is unknown company. No address and contact information available. This means that you will not get any support if you will have any problems. It is overpriced product with unknown quality and reliability.
    W4NNF, KB2SMS, N0YPD and 2 others like this.
  7. PA0MHS

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    If the quality and reliability is unkown to you, how on earth can you state that it is overpriced?
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  8. PA0MHS

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    A real ham would build a battery pack and ATU matching this radio him/herself, right?
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  9. W5CJA

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    Maybe by feature set?
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  10. WQ2H

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    Do they publish a frequency stability spec (ppm or Hz) ? I don't see it in the manual.

    The Xiegu's are +/- 4.0 ppm, which makes them marginal for several digital modes.

    I suspect the TX-400 would be decent - but it would be good to know. Thanks!

    Jim, WQ2H
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