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Ten-Tec 1253 Regenerative Shortwave Receiver Build

I’ve just finished building a Ten-Tec 1253 Regenerative Shortwave Receiver kit and wanted to share some of the build process with you.

The Ten-Tec 1253 is a gorgeous little regenerative shortwave receiver, that is sensitive and fun to build and use. Building the Ten-Tec 1253 was fairly straightforward, there are a couple of little things to watch out for, but it was otherwise a relatively easy build for an experienced constructor. Any items to take note of are clearly outlined in the comprehensive manual.

These radio kits are were available here in Australia for $135 from TTS Systems. They promptly shipped my kit to me within a week – great service, thank you guys. Unfortunately they don’t seem to be stocking this kit anymore.

Here are a few pics…

 

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The receiver main board, with all parts installed, including a couple of extra nice capacitors I chose to use over the kit parts.

 

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Here I am doing the wiring to each tuned section, from the front panel switching board.

 

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Detail of the front panel LED indicator panel. All this fits together nicely.

 

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Reverse angle on the receiver board and wiring. All very neat, if you take your time.

 

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Here I have placed everything into the chassis for wiring up.

 

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Speaker is installed, radio is nearly ready to go!

 

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Battery tray now installed she is definitely ready for a test run.

 

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Feel free to leave a comment and share your thoughts!