Cooler air moved into the area overnight and when I awoke Sunday morning it was 60F. I had left the temporary antenna up on the patio so after making coffee I stepped out back for another brief session with the TX-500 while the world was still quiet. More success. Another dozen CW contacts using 10 watts and a wire.
After lunch I went out to begin taking everything down and happened to catch John, AE5X operating POTA from the Sea Rim State Park (K-3054) in Texas. That was going to be my last contact, but then I heard the buzz of skeeter hunters. Not having a number this year, I figured I’d at least answer one CQ. I backed the power down to five watts and worked Myron, WV0H in Colorado on 20 CW before finally packing it all away.
Having spent a few hours in a portable scenario with the Lab599 TX-500 transceiver this weekend I can report being more than satisfied with the purchase. It’s a high-performance transceiver with all the right features in a very rugged yet attractive package and I expect to deploy it frequently on my field operations.
The lack of an internal auto-tuner is the only downside I see, but where would they put it? I used my Elecraft T1 auto-tuner. It’s small, lightweight, and easy enough to deploy that it’s not much trouble.
I’m not interested in a bolt-on battery pack option as I normally carry a battery to the field with my KX3 and don’t see that as a burden, but I’m not backpacking into remote areas either. Internal batteries just seem problematic to me and for my specific use-case so I don’t count this as a negative.
Anyone considering the TX-500 would do well to study reviews of it that appear in the August 2021 edition of QST Magazine as well as the August 2021 edition of CQ Magazine.
I plan to spend a lot more time with the TX-500 as it assumes the role of my “go-to” transceiver for field operations. After all, there’s always another field or park just down the road to visit, enjoy, and from which to disturb the aether.