Ten-Tec 1254 Mobile Shortwave receiver

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Kit

Frequency range

RX-range
0.1-30 MHz
TX-range
-
HAM bands
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Stability
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Tuning steps
-
Filters
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Receiver

Modulations
AM   SSB  
Sensitivity
AM: 2.5 µV (10 dB SNR @ 30% modulation
SSB/CW: 0.5 µV (10 dB SNR)
Selectivity
4 kHz (-6 dB)
Receiver system
Double conversion superheterodyne
IF-frequencies
1st: 45 MHz
2nd: 455 KHz
Image rejection
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Audio output
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Transmitter

Modulations
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RF-Output
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Connections

Antenna
RCA
Impedance
50 Ω

Electrical

Power requirements
12-15V DC
Current drain RX
250 mA (no signal)
TX
-

Physical

Dimensions (w×h×d)
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Weight
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Form factor
Mobile
Manufactured
Between 199x and 200x
MPN

Other features

Memories
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Usage
Amateur / Ham radio operators
Features + options
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Accessories
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It isn't half bad but it is half good.

Ten-Tec 1254, Mobile Shortwave receiver

When built correctly this is a decent little general coverage receiver. I've owned 3 of these. Its not especially sensitive -- Ten-Tec claims 2.5 uV in AM mode & 0.5 uV in SSB mode -- I say its more like 3 uV AM & 0.8 SSB. But regardless:
(a.) Its a quiet radio, no signal-burying noise like you'll get on the Kenwood R-1000.
(b.) Its mosly stable, SSB has a very slow drift, probably the slowest drift I've ever seen on a radio that does.
(c.) The audio is quite good.

For maximum enjoyment take a moderate length of wire & run it through a good preselector. I use the Yaesu FRT-7700. It lays nicely on top of the 1254 and gives a major boost to signals. Also, do the "Cholakian processor upgrade" -- its easy, just a matter of replacing Ten-Tec's chip with the Cholakian one, no soldering -- this will allow you tuning steps of 0.01, 0.1, 1, 5, 9, 10 and 100 kHz, and also makes the radio even quieter, somewhow.

This cute litle receiver (almost exactly the same size as the Lowe HF-150) is sometimes found on eBay, assembled, for around $200. I highly recommend that you buy one. I would not, however, suggest you purchase one at a price of $250 or more. No matter what kind of sales pitch is used.

Written by Radio10 on Dec 7, 2012

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Value for money
Aquired
Mint condition in 2009
USD 170.00

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  • USD 67.00
Price Condition Year User
USD 170.00 Used / Mint 2009 Radio10

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