A number of SWLing Post readers have been contacting me this month regarding the lab599 TX-500 Discovery QRP general coverage transceiver. Since its announcement around this time last year, a number of radio enthusiasts have been seeking any updates or information regarding price and availability.
Spoiler alert: Sadly, I have no meaningful updates at present.
Here’s what I do know…
The product page for the TX-500 now has more photos and specifications. They also added a downloads page with the manual, software, and firmware. [Update: I removed links to these pages because some systems report that the site may have gotten a malware injection–common with WordPress sites.]
Many of you have asked if the TX-500 will be “vaporware.” Possibly, but I don’t believe so. I suspect lab599 is keeping everything under wraps until they have firm information regarding availability and pricing. I’m actually happy they haven’t asked for pre-orders with cash deposits because that always adds a layer of risk with products that are not yet in production. At this point, no consumers have an investment riding on this future rig.
Of course, I imagine the Covid-19 pandemic could also affect their supply chain.
There have been two new videos posted on the lab599 YouTube page this month.
The first video shows the TX-500 in the field and the operator (R9JC) making a contact in CW:
The second video shows the TX-500 display as the operator tunes through the CW portion of the 20 meter band with the 50 Hz filter engaged:
Following TX-500 updates closely…
I am following TX-500 updates very closely. Since I’m primarily a “field” ham radio operator, the idea of a weather-proof, rugged, QRP transceiver is very appealing. Seriously…just take my money!
Of course, being first and foremost a shortwave radio listener, I’m also very interested how the TX-500 might play on the broadcast bands in AM mode.
You can bet I will review the TX-500 as soon as it’s available.
I recently sent another inquiry to lab599. If I receive any meaningful information, I’ll share it here on the SWLing Post. Simply follow the tag: TX-500
Good evening to all,
How to buy the DISCOVEY TX500 transceiver?
Any information is useful.
Thank you for help.
If you check their instagram page (and use some google translate), they are taking pre-orders for people who live within Russia or CIS by email. I’ve been checking their instagram and webpage at least once a week, always hoping for some new information! I don’t think it’s going to become a vaporware (I really hope it doesn’t) I just think we’ll be waiting quite a bit longer for a release and shipment.
bonjour pour l’émetteur récepteur IC705 de chez Icom ils on eu le meme problème que chez LAB 599 a cause coronovirus !! la date de sortie n’est pour le moment donner par ICOM Japon
Oui, vous avez raison Lionel.