Let’s talk clearly: this is the new dream for thousand of radioamateurs. If Yaesu failed to update his yeasu FT 817 (with an identical one : FT 818), now we can tell that the DISCOVERY TX-500 by LAB599 is the best QRP SDR radio available on the market.
Discovery TX-500 characteristics
This brand new QRP SDR radio comes from the best minds of LAB599 – a ham radio lab based in Spain.
It’s a beautiful ruggedized and portable QRP transceiver radio. Let’s have a look together at this beast!
- 10 watts
- Receiver / transmitter on HF + 6 meters
- Weight: just half kilograms
- Ruggedized, water proof
- Available in November 2019
- Price: 650 Eur
This QRP radio transceiver Discovery TX-500 by LAB599 has been built during the 2017-2018 after several tests. Now it outperforms and, according to the opinion of IZ8FFC, works better than an Elecraft KX3. The beauty of this SDR RADIO QRP TRANSCEIVER is that is very slim and ruggedized.
Discovery Tx-500 – Slim but how much?
The TX-500 Discovery by Lab599 is an ultra compact SDR Transceiver. It measures only 30 mm in thickness. The other dimensions are: (H*W*D): 90 mm (3.5″) * 207 mm (8.1″) * 21 mm (0.8 “);
Yes this Discovery TX-500 QRP transceiver has the capability to have the firmware updated on-line ; cable are added in the box and instructions are very clear for the entire process update.