I am tickled pink over my recent purchase! My new/old HF radio arrived in perfect condition on Friday. There it was, sitting on my doorstep when I arrived home from work. The seller had packed everything exceptionally well. I know that most hams today can’t get excited about an old radio but this particular model will be my third over the past 25 years.
Included in the package was the desk mic, swr bridge power meter combo, tuner, extra coax and the matching power supply all in excellent working condition. The radio? It’s a Ten-Tec Argosy I.
I know, it’s most likely something that most take no interest in. I can hear you saying, come on Ten-Tec? Isn’t that the company that prides itself on high quality CW rigs? Well, if you have come to that conclusion you are 100% correct. Yes, it’s a far cry from operating on VHF and UHF or logging into the repeater via Echolink.
To be very truthful, I am one of those nuts who, many years ago had an Argosy I in my truck and worked a good part of the world with 50 (and sometimes 5) watts out on a modified Hamstick that hung off the rear bumper.
Can you imagine the law they would have on the books today if they found out I was copying in my head and slapping the paddles while tooling down the local highways at 65 MPH? Most of my CW/QRP/M operation “back in the day” was on 40 and 30 meters. Those hamsticks with the bayonet connector were really great!
Yes, I have grown wiser over the years and don’t think I would attempt it again, but it was a true blast. I guess you might say that I am acting somewhat nostalgic now by spending money on such as relic of the past. Perhaps you are right, but, so what! 🙂
If you like to browse around for Ham Radio and scanner gear like I do, perhaps you might want to take a spin over to The eHam Store (www.ehamstore.com). You probably have guessed that’s where I bought my Argosy I and also my Kenwood TS450S-AT back in the spring. If you want to see my Kenwood in action, here is the link to the YouTube video.
Best Regards and the Best of the Holiday Season!