Re: Argo VI
Charles W. Powell
I too can add to this. Let me preface by saying that I feel entirely spoiled by my KX3, and in my opinion, the 539 is not nearly in the same class. Nonetheless, it is a fine rig. The tuning knob is great, CW sound is good, and filtering is very good. There is some artifact with the headphones, and I really DON’T like the headphone jack at the back of the radio. 3.5 mm jack seems like it would have been more appropriate for the phones.toggle quoted messageShow quoted text
The CW problem of “clipping” can be solved by putting zero resistance in the keying line. I get variation even from key to key, and I can ameliorate the problem if I clean the contacts. An external keyer has way too much resistance in the line to avoid the problem. I found the keying problem very distracting, at least until I figured out the problem. Then the problem returns with even a tiny amount of oxide on the key contacts.
I agree with Terry regarding XIT and the lack of 12 meters. I also think it would have been a great coup to put “dual watch” instead of a simple split, in the same way the KX3 does. Dual watch is the one feature that keeps me coming back to the KX3 for anything beyond rag chewing. I also would suggest that it’s a very heavy rig compared to many others, and it has big open vent slots on the top of the radio, making it less than my ideal rig for portable ops.
The radio is more comparable to the Elecraft K2, in many ways. But you won’t touch an Elecraft rig with the same functionality for $850.
So that’s my 2¢, for what it’s worth.
Chas - NK8O