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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: HF Amateur (inc. HF+6M+VHF models) | Ten-Tec Eagle 599 Help

Reviews Summary for Ten-Tec Eagle 599
Ten-Tec Eagle 599 Reviews: 53 Average rating: 4.7/5 MSRP: $$1995
Description: Ten Tec Eagle Model 599. offers simplified controls and ease of operation. 100 Watts, SSB & CW, 160 Mtr to 6 Mtr and General Coverage Receive .50 t0 30Mhz. Nifty and Compact and a Mobile friendly structure.
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W8NWN Rating: 4/5 Mar 29, 2014 17:21 Send this review to a friend
Too small  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Too small, overpriced but a good radio.
K2TPZ Rating: 5/5 Jan 23, 2014 08:31 Send this review to a friend
Great radio  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I have three fantastic rigs: KX3, Ten Tec Eagle and Kenwood TS 590. They all rate a 5+. With that said, no is perfect. If I could only keep one of these rigs I would have a tough time deciding.

The Eagle has the best received audio of the three with the KX3 following close behind. The KX3 is the most flexible of the three to operate and the TS 590 is a pleasure to use overall. On the downside, the Eagle lacks some features I wish it had, the TS 590 is a little less quiet to listen to and the KX3 is just a little (and I mean just a very little) less easy to use.

All three are on a par when it comes to selectivity, sensitivity and satisfaction of use. In my 55 years in the hobby I have finally found three rigs that I would find it hard to part with.

I am not an avid DX chaser (although I have my share of DX) or contester. I am mostly a CW operator although I spend some time on SSB Nets. Any one of these rigs would be an excellent station. I am just very lucky and satisfied to be able to own all three rigs.
N5XRD Rating: 5/5 Jan 10, 2014 12:05 Send this review to a friend
A very fine radio  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I bought the Eagle Dec 7, 2013 to replace the Elecraft K3 that I had for about two years. I live in a retirement apartment which doesn't allow outside antennas. I use an Isotron 20m antenna on a tripod looking out a window. I operate PSK and CW (phone disturbs my XYL).

The reason that I replaced the K3 is that I had the 78 page manual and another 200 plus book written about the K3 by a professor, and I still couldn't find what I needed a lot of the time, and if I did it took a while. I find that the RX on the Eagle is great as are the NR and NB. It is easy to navigate.

Try it you will like it. Dick, N5XRD
K7FD Rating: 5/5 Jan 9, 2014 20:18 Send this review to a friend
Born in the USA  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
The Eagle 599 is about my 5th or 6th Ten Tec radio over the course of many years, starting out with the Argonaut 509. The one common thing about all these rigs is their outstanding receivers, sensitive but very quiet. Without a doubt, the Eagle 599 carries on this tradition. If you like listening more than talking, I would highly recommend the Eagle. Of course, it's no slouch in the transmit department either.

What I like about the rig:

NR Noise Reduction; minimal distortion of signal
QSK keying; smooth as silk, seamless
Size, heft, and styling; a step up for Ten Tec
DSP filtering; razor sharp
Simple to operate; KISS principle to perfection

Read the manual once or twice and file it away. You won't need it very often. The Eagle is easy and fun to operate!

To summarize, the Eagle is a lot of radio in a very small package. It's simplicity hides the horsepower hidden under the hood.

W9WLW Rating: 5/5 Jan 8, 2014 10:28 Send this review to a friend
An amazing receiver, excellent rx and tx audio  Time owned: more than 12 months
Ten-Tec built an amazing radio in a rather small-to-intermediate package. I believe their intended market was the mobile/portable Hams. However, the receiver on the Eagle begs for it to be your main radio in your shack.

Ten-Tec listened (like they do most all the time) and provided directions on how to retro older Eagles like mine for a second receiver or outboard antenna noise canceller(diversity receiving) like the Timewave or MFJ units. They also included an IF output for a pan adapter. This option now comes standard on the radio. Talk about a slick setup, to have a pan adapter, and either a second receiver, or an antenna noise canceller is... the cat's meow in my book when you consider the price of the radio.

The radio does require a bit more button pushing then I would prefer, and the the FNC button is somewhat hidden if using your right hand. However, if you are going to use it in your shack as a primary radio, and link it to software for control (such as N4PY's), then you'll never worry about pushing a button again.

The receiver audio is absolutely amazing. It makes you want to listen all day long. It is so sensitive, that I only add enough RF gain to make sure the AGC works. That's about 40-50%. Anymore, and you are creating noise you don't need on the higher bands. Of course as you go down to 17 - 6 meters you'll want more sensitivity. If I am not using the Eagle for some reason, and I cannot pull a signal out of the noise with my Omni VII, or my TS-830S (both well known as having great receivers), I can almost always pull it out of noise with the Eagle. Hence, why I use the Eagle for weak signal work in data modes. Oh, and as an AM exciter for my linear when I get on AM.

Ten-Tec just issued a software update to the radio, and it significantly improved the Noise Reduction feature as well as some other improvements. The software update made it a better radio than it already is. Which leads to this story on how well Ten-Tec will listen to you.

If they can fit a feature request into their production work, and it's actually doable from a hardware/software design limitation standpoint, they'll fit it in! I asked for two additional filter bandwidths for AM receive (4K and 8K to compliment the 6K), and the lead engineer (who was in the middle of creating the software update) responded to my email on the Ten-Tec Eagle Yahoo Group. He said he could add the additional filters, and he did just that. WOW!

The transmit audio bandwidth is fixed, but I get excellent reports on SSB and AM. On AM the audio is so complimentary to the point that I've been accused of running an old plate modulated transmitter . By the way, I use the Ten-Tec 709 microphone.

So... in summary, I won't say it's a perfect radio because of the location's and what I consider an unnecessary need to press more buttons than should be required when standalone, but I won't rate it below a five either. I rate radios on their actual receive and transmit performance, and not so much on whether they come with drink holders or not.

Keep up the good work Ten-Tec!
IW2CXJ Rating: 5/5 Nov 1, 2013 04:22 Send this review to a friend
Nice little radio!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I bought the eagle used in Italy, has a simple menu, a pleasant sound, and a remarkable dynamic, not a radio for those who love lights and buttons, can be defined with one word ..... Essential.
KA4ICK Rating: 5/5 Sep 24, 2013 19:12 Send this review to a friend
Soar the airwaves with the Ten Tec Eagle  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I am experienced with all of the most recent Ten Tec HF rigs (Orion, Orion II, Jupiter, Omni VII, Argonaut V) and with some of the more modern "other brand" radios. My favorite modes of operations are SSB/ESSB ragchewing, DXing, CW, AM, and digital modes. I even enjoy the major contests only to listen for and pounce on those rare contacts I need.

Precision is the rig's middle name; no guessing at any of the controls such as mike gain, PBT, etc. So no guessing games here going between settings for different operating styles or modes; i.e. Each control is represented by a number; want to do 20wpm in cw, set the control to 20.

The rig's footprint is small. But donít let size fool you! It holds its own compared to its big brother the Orion II. The receiver is what sets this radio apart from the rest as you can snuggle right up next to a strong signal during a contest, for example, and use the appropriate filter to block them right out.

You will find the radio is very easily configured. You use a simple menu to set up things that do not change very often by holding down the FNC while powering it on. The other controls are set via the front panel or with the FNC button in combination with another button for a secondary function. No crowded front panel here or is it too complex by over using buttons for multiple things. The radio itself has a solid "feel".

I love listening to great audio. Of course, I love to transmit good audio to aid in the overall enjoyment of ragchewing. When I made my first contact with the Eagle, I was immediately complimented on the good audio I had. I also ran it by the normal folks I talk to and they verified the very pleasing audio the Eagle produced. The one thing that surprised most is that the BW for the transmit audio is only 2.4k. Everyone says that it sounds much wider than that. But people have verified my BW with their band scope.
The receive BW can be adjusted all the way up to 15k, depending on which filter you have installed. I listen mostly at 3k and the receive audio is so pleasing when used with the Ten Tec speaker or another speaker system like a SoundSweet speaker.

Working CW is so smooth. I think the CW is the smoothest of any recent rig I have used. This is both with and without headphones. The QSK is unbelievable. A CW operators dream machine!

The receiver is so quiet and can be adjusted so that the background is reduced so that a received signal "pops" out of the noise. This is especially true with noisy band conditions, for example, on 160 cw listening for that rare DX contact.

Also, during recent contests, I had the opportunity to see how "bullet proof" the receiverís front-end really is. During these contests I had several opportunities to snuggle up to a strong station, and quickly via a front panel control, reduce the bandwidth, and also the Pass Band (if needed) and hear a very weak station just a KC away; and work them very easily! This little non-scientific front-end test quickly reduced my anxiety concerns of the rig's ability to hear as well as the higher priced rigs on the market.

The firmware releases have been subtle, but quick and well communicated along with frequent user interaction with the software developer himself. This customer service is a reflection of the great customer satisfaction and support Ten Tec is famous for. I am not aware of any other off-shore radio manufacturer exhibiting this kind of support.

In conclusion, I continue to be very impressed with the Ten Tec Eagle. Due to the flexibility, operability, and solidness of the radio, I feel it is one of the best values on the ham radio HF market today. The audio and smooth CW operation is my favorite thing about the radio along with its size. I also have had experience with another American made brand. It is a fine radio as well. But I only kept it for a little while because both the transmit and receive audio was never pleasing to me like the Eagle or other Ten Tec rigs.
M0SAZ Rating: 5/5 Sep 13, 2013 17:27 Send this review to a friend
Best HF radio to-date  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
For those who don't know me, I have bought and sold a lot of top flight radios such as the FTDX-9000D, FTDX-5000MP, FTDX-3000, KX3 and more. I was always chopping and changing because nothing really felt right.

Then I decided to take a punt of an Eagle. What an incredible piece of engineering. I have really enjoyed this radio more than any other. The receiver is something else. Absolutely no fatigue using it even in noisy band conditions.

I bought it with the ATU (which is excellent), the NB module, the 15KHz filter (for FM and lower power AM use - you need the 6K filter for "proper" AM, the 2.4KHz filter and the 300Hz filter.

I am totally blown away that this radio gives me as much functionality to bring out weak or close-in signals as something like the FTDX-5000, but is several thousand pounds cheaper and can be picked up in one hand. The radio is so simple to use, you only need to read the short manual once and you are away.

I use with a Yaesu MLS-200 speaker, Vibroplex key and the Yaesu MD-100 or Heil Pro Set Elite 6 - all excellent complements to the Eagle 599.

I may have said this before about other radios, but this is the keeper! I have done several videos of the Eagle on my YouTube channel, just search my callsign.
K2TPZ Rating: 5/5 Jun 3, 2013 08:07 Send this review to a friend
Neat Rig  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I've used the rig for the last two weeks and I am very favorably impressed. This was my Dayton purchase this year.

This is my fifty-fifth year in the hobby and I've used and played with many rigs during this time. I mean many, many rigs. But this is my only hobby so I allow myself this one indulgence. With that said, how does the Eagle stack up with all the rest? It's right near the top. I am that impressed.

After a short learning curve I've found the rig easy to use and understand. That is very important to me. Performance is exceptional. The rig does everything I need it to do and it is remarkably simple to use. The ergonomics of this rig is totally intuitive.

Ninety percent of my time I operate CW. It is a pleasure to use. I've had a few short SSB QSOs and the audio reports were excellent and in two instances the operators couldn't believe I was using the hand mic that came with the rig.

These are my initial impressions. Time will tell. But for right now, this rig is going to be around much, much longer than some that I've had. Great job Ten Tec.


KB1GMX Rating: 5/5 Mar 29, 2013 20:52 Send this review to a friend
Impressed, happy  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Obviously got the Eagle. Went for the loaded radio and it has the noise blanker, antenna tuner, 2.4, 6 and 15khz filters (for SSB, AM and FM use) and the 708A mic.

I got it to upgrade to a modern radio as the station here for HF as a TenTec Triton (m540),
a Tempo-one, and a HW101 as the mainstay 100W radios. The only one that has satisfied me till now was the Triton as it has a noise blanker that works and a very good receiver for a 35 year old radio. The radios I compared to included the
K3, KX3, K2 with everything, and a few IcKenYea radios in the same dollar class. The radios that had spartan panels were too menu laden to use to my liking. But at 3 inches tall it's still compact without being tiny.

Right out of the box I plugged it in as everything here has power-poles. it came properly setup with a sheet noting the setup from the factory.

First observation, the buttons light up blue! Also the function button is a yellow color and blinks when activated. Big improvement over my TT526 (6n2) my VHF workhorse radio. It was a not mentioned feature. It passes the test of can I run this without the manual or cheat sheet easily. The manual is not large or hard to read and worth reviewing as the radio has features that are not loudly noted or immediately obvious.It even inclues a quick startup for the new user that
just want to hear their new radio.

Bench testing says it works as well or better than spec. Testing the TX found full power and the transmitter audio was right the IMD was good as any other 100W radio I've had the opportunity to use and test on the bench. The RX was given a quick test as the receiver IMD test setup to
do it right is time consuming and I wanted to
use the radio. It seems to be a very hot RX.

While on the bench I opened it up and it's very well arranged inside and very tidy in construction. If you are opening it take care with the top cover as the speaker leads are not very long, though they are long enough with care to be easily unplugged. Inside surface mount devices are the norm in this radio it should be easy to service as it is very modular and accessible. I'd add if my 6n2 and Triton are any example service is unlikely to be needed.

Operating the buttons fits with my expectations and I found the soft touch buttons a bit nicer than the hard ones on the 6n2 and that one is 10 years old now. Tuning dial has a solid feel as well.

On the air it is easy to use and performs. I've used it on several antennas including a snakewire
(expedient short dipole on the grass) and the tuner seems to tune them all. Its not always fast but seems to seek a better than 1.5:1 match every time. Also the time to match seems to be related to how bad the antenna is.the stock hand mic works
and sounds according to those that know my voice
good. The 708 mic is also a good mic and sounds good my recording and report.

Some have noted that some features are second level on the buttons and should be first level.
This is a personal preference and in most cases
not an issue.

I have put a lot of hours into listening with all my radios and this one is very good sounding. Compared to a HRO 60 I use at work its very good
for AM.

I have noted there are a few birdies, rare that a wide tuning (.5 to 30 and 6M) radio would not. None are limiting as they are weak and tune fast.
The blanker works well with the local power line noise. The digital NR is effective though it does add artifacts to the audio, acceptable as it also helps make the station listenable. The auto notch
(lid filter) is effective and a joy to have.

The filters do their job and are transparent, turn the knob and it does the right things. Passband tuning is something I did not have on other radios and is welcome addition. Dual VFOs are nice and what the the second VFO is set to displayed under the main in smaller numbers. The display is clear, uncluttered and easy to read even without my glasses.

The bail that forms a raised stand is very robust
and raises the radio nicely off the counter. I find the "its a transceiver" styling without racing strips or other cosmetic styling pleasing. The variable color and brightness display is welcome.

Things that were not clear from advertising or
even here were.

*Lighted buttons, I like that.
*For AM receive the wide 6khz filter is not required. For transmit at rated power it is.
* The radio has been improved since its
introduction and even some testing (ARRL).
* It has a rear panel 9mhz IF output for
user defined purposes like a panadaptor.
* Comes with the cable and plug to add an
alternate receiver input
* Comes with DIN plug for the sound in, out and
amplifier keying. plus the KEY jack.

As a portable radio note that it's not QRP, the RS wants about 1.5A at moderate volumes, and the TX is 2.5A with no modulation. Compared to the QRP set this is not intended to be small battery friendly though I did run it for a few hours with some transmitting on a 7AH gell cell at 40W with
no difficulties noted. Testing on the power supply says its more tolerant of low voltages (still working at low power at 10.8V).

I found dealing with Tentec to be easy and direct.
questions that I had were answered quickly.

A very pleasant radio with a few unexpected and welcome surprises. I don't feel like it was expensive for the features and performance. I think TenTec did a very good job with this radio.
Their 30day return policy will not be used as it will stay!

I rated it a 5 even though nothing is perfect but its way more than a 4.

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