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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.

The Ten-Tec 1253 is a gorgeous little regenerative shortwave receiver, that is sensitive and fun to build and use. These radio kits were available here in Australia for $135, though as of 2018, they are no longer available. You can still find the manual online.

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.

Here are a few pics…

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The receiver mainboard, with all parts installed, including a couple of 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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