> Is it an apples to apples comparison or is the more
> expensive MFJ ($210) a better radio?
The Ten-Tec is a kit, of course, whereas the MFJ is
available only in assembled form.
The MFJ uses an air variable capacitor with a
reduction drive and, which is costly, but provides
a linear tuning rate.
The Ten-Tec uses a varactor diode and variable
resistor to change the bias on the diode to vary
the VFO frequency, which is an inexpensive method
and allows them offer the product for the $99
price. The tuning rate is not linear, but is
very spread out on one end and bunched up on the
That being said, I have 3 of the Ten-Tecs (80,
30, and 20 meters), and like them.
They are a little tricky to get working well.
Print out read through N5ESE's mods and fixes at:http://www.io.com/~n5fc/tt13xx_mods.htm
and you'll wind up with a fun little radio at a