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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: VHF/UHF+ Amateur Base/Mobile (non hand-held) | Ten Tec 1260 Help

Reviews Summary for Ten Tec 1260
Ten Tec 1260 Reviews: 1 Average rating: 1.0/5 MSRP: $195
Description: 6m FM mobile transceiver kit, 5W out, 15 memories
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KA2AYR Rating: 1/5 Nov 20, 2005 13:49 Send this review to a friend
Weak. Expected more.  Time owned: more than 12 months
I got one for Christmas in 1997.

The kit went together fine and aligned easily. The manual was well written and explained component differences with illustrations. All tested okay. Mic was kinda junky, but that could be replaced. First thing that hit me was turning the radio on and off would sometimes reset the radio to a different frequency, even with the memory backup battery. Microprocessor operation would be erratic. It uses a PIC 16C57 uP, so I'm thinking the coding was weakly written. Setting CTCSS was weird. The only indication it was enabled was a decimal point on the LED display. Radio would only do an offset if it were programmed into a different memory and those two memories were married together. Key it, the display dimmed or changed segments depending on frequency. Thought it was me and I screwed up the assembly, but everything checked fine with the manual.

In the car it was used with a ball & spring quarter wave antenna. No noise blanker; that could have been helpful. 5 Watts is terrible. Local communications was very limited in distance. Kept thinking, "Why only 5 Watts? Are these guys afraid I'm going to turn this into a CB?"

I don't think Ten-Tec spent a lot of effort in designing the 1260. It was a fun kit to put together and it would have rocked if the thing wasn't so crappy. If you want a single band 6 meter mobile rig, buy an Alinco DRM06TH or convert a Motorola, GE or Midland. Take a pass on this one.

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