Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Orders now being taken by Ham Radio Outlet for Lab599 TX500 transceiver


Finally!

Thanks to Steven K1ST for alerting me to the fact that the Lab599's TX500 transceiver will soon be available for sale from Ham Radio Outlet.

Yes, one is on the way to my QTH!

HRO's page for the transceiver mentions that the rig has passed its FCC certification. The owner's manual is also available for download.

So far, I don't have any indication of when the rigs will begin to ship but when I receive mine, you'll be the 2nd one to know.
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9 comments:

  1. I have been hearing lots about this rig and am looking forward to your review once you get your hands on one.
    73,
    Mike
    VE9KK

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    1. Hello Mike - my order was accompanied (about 20 minutes later) by a phone call from HRO. I was told that they hope to be shipping them by mid-September but the salesman emphasized that they have no way yet of knowing for sure. I appreciated the phone call from them - that was a first.

      73 - John

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  2. Yes a phone call only takes a few minutes but builds great customer loyalty. I have on many occasions dealt with DX Engineering, and they are in my humble opinion very good at customer service.
    73,
    Mike
    VE9KK

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  3. Excellent. Congrats John. Does anybody know where is possible to buy it on Europe? It sounds crazy to buy it in US, hi.

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    1. Tnx Petr - no, I haven't heard of any other distributor yet. Seems odd, being a Russian product and no EU seller available.By the time they are sent to buyers (mid-September) maybe there will be other sellers taking orders and having the same mid-Sept delivery date.

      73 - John

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  4. I understand things are very much on-track for that September delivery. Also, there's new firmware that will allow for CW memory keying! Woo hoo! That's a big bonus for POTA/SOTA activators. :)

    Thomas
    K4SWL

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    1. Hello Thomas - Four weeks and counting (hopefully)! Yes, the CW memory feature will be nice but I'm hoping the basics of good CW keying will be there...T/R characteristics, etc.

      I'm looking forward to using it outdoors but sure wish a built-in ATU was feasible (the same comment I hear from others regarding the IC-705.

      73,
      John AE5X

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    2. AS a follow-up, John, I've posted a couple videos you might find interesting. Since you're a CW guy, you might be able to tell if you would be pleased with the T/R recovery time. It is not full break-in, but you can hear between words. Lots of relay clicking, but I think it's pretty soft compared to other non-pin diode rigs. Of course, less clicking if the delay is set to a higher number (mine was set for the shortest ms time). Anyway, hopefully the video in this one would give you an idea if you haven't seen it yet: https://swling.com/blog/2020/08/lab599-discovery-tx-500-hiking-into-pisgah-national-forest-for-a-little-field-radio-fun/

      Cheers,
      Thomas

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  5. An EU (in Sweden) supplier:
    https://pileupdx.com/product/discovery-tx-500/

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