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C19&i re FX Mbnwy low-pass filter in each module to keep the 50 watts of RF out of the PTO circuits. A coaxial jack and plug arrangement route the RF in and out, white an edge-card-!ype pfug and jack connect the rest of the circuitry to the Scout. Each module is about the size of a pack of cigarettes. One module of your choice comes with the Scout. Extra modules are $25 each,

You'll need a power source capable of at least 10 amps to fire up the Scout, Ten-Tec makes two different power supplies for the Seoul in case you don't have one: A linear model and a high-efficiency switcher weighing only three pounds.

A standard SO-239 antenna socket is used to connect your antenna to the Scout. The analog meter measures RF power and SWR. You flip a switch on the back of the Scout to read SWR, otherwise you set it to read forward power. The tune switch places the rig in transmit and reduces the RF output to 15 watts. You don't need to worry aboul calibrating the meter, it's done for you automatically.

You tune the Scout with the main tuning knob. The tuning is stiff, and it's suppose to t>e that way. You're moving a siug in and out of a coil. You won't find a finger spinner hole on this knob. The stiffness rs kinda nice when bouncing around mobife—the VFO won't be accidentally bounced off frequency by a rough ride. There are no memories to mess with or dual VFOs to get you into 1 rouble (like operating out of band as so many of us did a while back).

Of course, you can turn the RIT on (the RIT has 1 kHz of range} and fine-tune a station, and you can use the variable bandwidth filter to cut out QRM. This is especially helpful during CW- You can set the Jones filter to just the right amount of filtering required by band conditions. There is no RF gain control on the Scout. There's plenty of receive audio from the Scout, even with its sma!f internal speaker. You can use an external speaker or headphones, too. A front panel 1/4" stereo jack allows you to use your walkthing headphones with the Scout. To use my mono headphone with the Scout I had to insert the plug halfway to cut off the internal speaker, or all the way to have audio in both the internal speaker and headphones at the same time.

There is no sideband select switch either. That's done for you automatically. The Scout selects lower sideband on 160 through 40 meters and upper sideband on the rest of the bands.

If you want to operate CW you dose your key, or you can use the buiU-in keyer. The sidetone level is adjustable (from an access hole on ttie bottom of the Scout), but not the pitch. The access hole requires a fine jeweler's screwdriver and a very steady hand. If some SSB grabs you, you push the microphone button. The only adjustment is the setting of the microphone gain control. Adjust it so !he LED Hashes on voice peaks. There is no mode control

I like to listen to CW with the filters wider than most people do. This is very easy to do with the Jones filter and the Scout But. if you have the filter too wide and a strong signal is in the bandpass, the AGC will be controlled by the stronger signal. The fix is simple: Just tighten up the bandpass of the receiver A simple turn of a knob is all it lakes.

The internal keyer requires a t/a* plug and the microphone requires a four-ptn connector Both are supptied by Ten-Tec. ft's interesting to note that Ten-Tec has supplied all the Radio Shack part numbers for various plugs and adapters, That's a nice touch and it makes Jife easier for the new operator, too.

Impressions

The receiver in the Scout holds up quite well on the air Granted, if you connect the Scout to a large super antenna and then compare it to something out of the same price range, you will be able to tell the difference. J used one of the pre-production Scouts during this year's Field Day, and had no complaints aboul the receiver. Yes, it did get swamped from the other stations we had set up. but Ihey all got hit just as bad.

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