Ten Tec Century 21 or other Vintage CW Transceivers

Discussion in 'Straight Keys - CW Enthusiasts' started by KI4ODO, Apr 16, 2016.

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  1. AA4OO

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    I second the OCFD as a good antenna for the C21 or any older rig without a tuner. It's nice to have a no-tune antenna that covers so many bands.

    I re-worked my original home-brew 40m Carolina Windom into a more traditional 80m 1/3 OCF Dipole a little over a year ago and it's been great to use with my TenTec Century/21. I do have a decent RF choke on the incoming coax to ward off common-mode problems and it works great for me on all the bands I want except 30m. I'm getting better results from the 80m OCFD on its resonant bands than I did from the Carolina Windom.
     
  2. KI4ODO

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    I use a similar choke on the feed line, seems to work quite well. The antenna is usable on 30m with a tuner, and I have had fun there with it, but it's not designed for that band of course. One bonus for this one is that it really shines on 17m which I have grown to love.
     
  3. KJ4RZZ

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  4. KC2SIZ

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    If Ten Tec was still making these rigs, I'd buy three of 'em.
     
  5. K4RT

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    KI4ODO, congratulations on finding a Century 21. That's a very nice looking rig.

    I bought an analog Century 21 as a Novice in the late 70s and still use it. Considering its power output, excellent QSK, and other features, it makes a nice transceiver for the CW lover. The nature of the side-tone has never bothered me. In regard to CW filters, I believe the front-panel selectable filters were standard.
     

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