the excitement of the 50Mhz amateur band easily to any modern
ham transceiver, including all those 20-Meter-Only QRP rigs.
A transverter lets you transmit as well as receive on 6 Meters using the precision digital tuning, available modes, memories and other features of your HF transceiver. It's simple: 14.000 Mhz on your display or dial becomes 50.000 MHz. To operate SSB on 50.200 MHz simply switch the 1208 to 6 Meters, tune to 14.200, keep transceiver output power under 5 watts and just go for it! The 8 watts RF output is generous power during good band opeings and for local communications and repeaters.
Here are excerpts of what QST had to say about the 1208 transverter kit in their PRODUCT REVIEW:
"No HF radio? The price of the transverter and a used HF radio (or a new Ten-Tec Scout) can be well below the price of the lowest-priced new HF/6-meter combination radio. The transverter even works with some of the low-power transceiver kits out on the market, The Ten-Tec 1208 is an inexpensive way to explore the possibilities of a new band. Besides, it's a great feeling putting something you've built on the air."
"Although the basic idea is simple, the unit is a sophisticated piece of circuitry that includes attenuators, an oscillator, mixer, 50-MHz receive and transmit circuitry, and appropriate filters. Almost everything is mounted on a single, high-quality double-sided circuit board. Components are also of high quality"
"Ten-Tec has done an excellent job with the manual for the 1208; it's reminiscent of those included with the kits of yesteryear"
"The Ten-Tec 1208 is a handy and economical way to check out the 6-meter band. Its small size means you don't have to build another room for it, and it works well mobile, too. It's a fun kit to build, and it should introduce many more people to 6 meters."
(reprinted from QST magazine, June 1996, by permission of the American Radio Relay League)