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…


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


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


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


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


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


Speaker is installed, radio is nearly ready to go!


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