I'll bet that Tec Tec originally planned on making this radio 80 through 10 meters.
I say avoid it and wait another 5 years or so when they can maybe make a competitive product again at a competitive price.
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Frankly, the radio should have been designed from the beginning to have 160 through 6 meters. Elecraft has also noted that it is supposed to be introducing a 2 Meter module for the KX3.
In my mind, it's a crippled radio and not complete with an almost $1,000 price tag to boot. The KX3 also does RTTY and PSK31 which are not features of the Argonaut VI.
Since they were so far along with the design, they had to give up something so they sacrificed the 12 meter band for the 160 meter band.
How can a company be taken seriously is you leave off one of the HF bands? But when QRP folks heard about this, they raised a stink for the 160 meter band to be included.
Back in July I wrote about Ten Tec and how I think they are losing their innovation an appeal. None of these are possibilities with the Argonaut VI.
Well I guess their latest product, the Argonaut VI confirms my opinion. When I brought up the lack of 12 meters and 6 meters on the Argonaut VI radio to the Ten Tec folks at Dayton, the response was that there was not enough room.
The new Argonaut was recently listed on Ten Tec's website and now available. When I asked how it is that Elecraft can build a radio that is smaller and with more features than the Ten Tec Argonaut VI, they answer was a rather rude, "I don't know, you'll have to ask them."Really?
The decisions on this radio were poor from the start. Assembled the radio retails for 9.00, just more than the new Argonaut VI. You can also get an optional internal auto-tuner and use a battery pack to go truly mobile.