Ten-Tec Paragon (585) Desktop Shortwave Transceiver

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The Ten-Tec Paragon (585) transceiver covers amateur band from 160 to 10 meters. This microcontroller controller model has a 7-digit digital display, keypad entry and an a nice vintage looking analog S-/Power-meter. The rear panel has lots of inputs and outputs.

Frequency range

RX-range
100 kHz - 29.999 MHz
TX-range
10-160 m + WARC
HAM bands
160m  80m  60m  40m  30m (WARC)  20m  17m (WARC)  15m  12m (WARC)  11m (CB)  10m 
Stability
1 p.p.m. per °C or better, accuracy ±50Hz @ 25 °C
Tuning steps
-
Filters
6 / 2.4 kHz (optional 1.8 / 0.5 / 0.25 kHz)

Receiver

Modulations
AM   FM   CW   USB   LSB   FSK   AFSK  
Sensitivity
SSB/CW/FSK: 0.5 µV
FM: 1.0 µV
AM: 3.5 µV
Selectivity
-
Receiver system
? conversion superheterodyne
IF-frequencies
-
Image rejection
≥ 80 dB
Audio output
1.5 W @ 4 ohms

Transmitter

Modulations
AM   FM   CW   USB   LSB   FSK   AFSK  
RF-Output
0-100 W

Connections

Antenna
SO-239
Impedance
50Ω

Electrical

Power requirements
13.8V DC
Current drain RX
2 A
TX
20 A

Physical

Dimensions (w×h×d)
146 × 375 × 432 mm (5.75 × 14.76 × 17.01 in)
Weight
7.25 kg (16.0 lbs)
Form factor
Base Station
Manufactured
Between 1987 and 198x in USA
MPN

Other features

Memories
62 channels in 1 bank(s)
Usage
Amateur / Ham radio operators
Features + options
Speech processor
Noise blanker
Dual VFO
TX split / RX split
7 Character alpha tags
Clock
Optional RS-232 (1200 baud)
Accessories
-

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Ten-Tec Paragon (585), Desktop Shortwave Transceiver

I had a Paragon for about three months and in this time it gave me nothing but trouble with PLL problems to firmware issues. My Drake TR7 simply destroyed the Ten-Tec hands down...

Written by TEAMFAB on Dec 13, 2009

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Aquired
Good condition in 2009
USD 400.00

easy to use

Ten-Tec Paragon (585), Desktop Shortwave Transceiver

i usually use the paragon for CW but have tried SSB with 80 watts and useing the TT 705 Mic.got excellent reports and very good on receive, most people say its not a good SSB rig but i dont beleive that, its simple to use, no fancy menues, i have put the Geihl chip in it, no its not a contest rig and thank goodness no DSP, dont need it.also like the digital clock. i do know the difference in radios, i also have the TT orion. also if you like shortwave its good to go and i modified the radio for 5 watts transmit. dont know how long it will last but it has served me well. hope this review doesnt jinks it.i have had a knwd 570DG and liked it also, used Icoms, drakes and an elecraft, they are all good rigs. it only has one fault so far, its so big, takes up a lot of space.

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Aquired
Good condition in 2004
USD 700.00

Good rig for the money

Ten-Tec Paragon (585), Desktop Shortwave Transceiver

Nice rig for the money on the used market, easy to use and easy to fix if you should have an issue.

Funny thing about this rig is the same poor review on this site is the same posted on many other sites, so either everyone is posting the exact same thing or one preson is doing all they can to bash this radio, hens, I decided the review was of no value and bought one regardless.

I am glad I did, a nice radio for the money and what a receiver! Great TX audio too.

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Aquired
Mint condition in 2011
USD 350.00
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What is it worth?

Estimating the value of a rig can be challenging. We collect prices paid by real hams over the years to help you estimate the current value of the Ten-Tec Paragon (585). Just bought or sold this model? Let us know what you traded it for and help other ham operators!

Based on historic data, today's value of the Ten-Tec Paragon (585) might be around:

  • USD 491.00
Price Condition Year User
USD 700.00 Used / Good 2004 aaltese1
USD 400.00 Used / Good 2009 TEAMFAB
USD 350.00 Used / Mint 2011 hfradionut
USD 500.00 Used / Okay 2016 Tony Fields

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