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Lab599 Discovery TX-500

Discussion in 'QRP Corner' started by KL7KN, Dec 7, 2019.

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  1. KL7KN

    KL7KN Ham Member QRZ Page

    Ran across this today. I think I'm in love. Waterproof and QRP (source link)[​IMG]

    with builtin panadapter

    No idea of when it will hot the US/North America market. Hope this isn't another DCW-x rig...

    General features
    • 160-6-meter ham bands;
    • General ‘receive’ coverage 0.5 - 56.0 MHz;
    • All modes: SSB, CW, DIG, AM, FM;
    • High-performance 32-bit floating-point DSP;
    • Current drain as low as 100 mA in ‘receive’ mode (backlight on, preamp off, no signal);
    • External power supply DC 9-14V, 1 to 2A typical in transmit;
    • High-contrast LCD with 128 * 64 px;
    • High-performance real-time panadapter (48 kHz wide);
    • On-line firmware updates;
    • Tilted feet (rear), fold up for transportation;
    • Ultra-compact size (H*W*D): 90 mm (3.5") * 207 mm (8.1") * 21 mm (0.8 ");
    • Weight: 0.57 Kg (20 oz).
  2. KM4DYX

    KM4DYX Ham Member QRZ Page

    I hope this makes it to market. I've been pining for a QRP rig with at least the water resistant properties of my cell phone for quite some time.
  3. KL7KN

    KL7KN Ham Member QRZ Page

    My current 'waterproof' qrp rig is a bear to carry...

    @30+ lbs, the genset is a killer....
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  4. KM4DYX

    KM4DYX Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yep. Humped the one for the 74. That's one sweet old rig you got there. Have you seen N6CC's website?
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  5. KL7KN

    KL7KN Ham Member QRZ Page

    I have, thank you.

    I had a Delco 1500 that I gave to a friend, more in line with low weight these days.

    I have a KX2, but this new Chinaradio is claimed to be waterproof and the photos of the gaskets seem to be believable.

    The 'best' .mil HF rig I used while active was a PRC-104, but they are just stupid expensive these days.
  6. WW2PT

    WW2PT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Not certain but I believe the radio is being produced in Russia, not China. At least that’s where the domain name is registered. It’s a nice looking piece of gear.
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  7. KU4X

    KU4X Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    SGT: "What's that, don't want to carry an M2 tripod or the mortar baseplate. No problem, we have something just for you! Enjoy!"

    [Hand-cranked] Regards,
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  8. ON6KE

    ON6KE Ham Member QRZ Page

    It's - to me - a nuisance all this announcing well beforehand and then no show or not delivering for a half a year, a year or even longer.
    LAB599 is such a company and so is Icom, the latter being unsurpassed in this.

    They're all afraid people going to the competition in the mean time. Pff..
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  9. K6GB

    K6GB XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    I cranked one of those one field day, never again.
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  10. ON6KE

    ON6KE Ham Member QRZ Page

    Web site mentions available Autumn 2019 now. As Icom it takes them forever.


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