Model 1056 single band direct conversion receiver kit. This is your best buy, by far, in a ham band direct conversion receiver kit. It has better audio and filtering than the others, and we supply all of the parts and instructions to let you build it for (or change it to) ANY band of your choice. There are only minor coil and capacitor differences in the simple RF input and oscillator sections of a basic direct-conversion receiver. We give you ALL parts needed to build for your choice of 160, 80, 75, 40, 30, 20, 17, 15, 12 or 10 meters! Try out your own multi-band switching ideas. An ideal receiver for use with a homebrew QRP transmitter! MUTE function included for use with your transmitter. We recommend case (undrilled, no holes) TPx-45 for this receiver, available in unpainted aluminum, black or charcoal. Order TP-45 for aluminum, TPB-45 black, TPC-45 charcoal. Building skill level: Beginner to intermediate. Must be able to solder, read instructions, and use small hand tools.
Posted by Wilson Wertz KE5WW on 28th Sep 2013
This kit was very easy to assemble, but the documentation was somewhat difficult to read. The completed receiver works suprisingly well, as have all the Ten Tec kits I have built.
Posted by John Marranca, Jr KB2HSH on 7th Dec 2012
I was very skeptical when I bought my first 1056 years ago. As far as small, direct conversion receivers went, I only had a HW-7 and the Ramsey DC RX to compare it to. The Heathkit and the Ramsey were terrible. So, I wasn't expecting much when I bought the Ten-Tec. Man, was I WRONG! This receiver is downright incredible. For the money, you get a rig that's stable, and as sensitive as a big rig. In fact, if I could hear it on my FT-817 (when I owned one), I could hear it on the 1056. It makes a perfect companion for a QRP transmitter, and I've even used it for RTTY reception as well.
The only thing I'd change is the main tuning knob. I installed a larger knob from the PM-1 I used to have.
All in all, it was such a great rig, I bought another one this year!
Posted by Michael Brown KU4UV on 29th Nov 2012
I really like this receiver kit. I built my receiver for the 40 meter band, and it performs really well. I would recommend this kit to anyone who has intermediate kit building skills. It took a total of maybe 2-3 hours of casual building to complete the kit. The instructions are really clear and precise. I plan on using my 1056 with a QRP transmitter. All I need to do is get my kit mounted into a case. This is really one of the best values going right now as far as amateur radio receiver kits in this price range. I only wish Ten-Tec would come out with more great kits like this. I like the kit so well that I will probably build another one this winter and construct it for the 80 or 160 meter band. Please see my video review of the 1056 by visiting the following link.
Thanks and 73!
Posted by Craig Hinton on 30th Mar 2012
I was really surprised by the performance of the 1056. I am using it as a receiver with my one tube homebrew 3 watt xmtr. It is very stable and the band pass works very well.
Posted by Ron Hering on 19th Mar 2012
This was my first sw kit, went together easily and quickly. I tried most of the bands and finally set it for 40 meters. I have picked up calls from Oregon and Minesota with just a 40 foot wire, from Tulsa OK. Not too bad.
Posted by PAUL PEDRAZA on 20th Jan 2012
OVER THE 12 YEARS I'VE BUILT ALL THE BANDS AND PUT THEM IN DIFFERENT CASES . SENSITIVITY IS ALSO RANKS AND IS EXCELLENT ONCE THE UNIT IS TUNED. THESE UNITS SHOULD ALSO BE PUT IN OTHER OUTLETS LIKE RADIO SHACK IN THE KIT SECTION. TEN TEC IS ONE THE TOP KIT BUILDERS THAT KEEPS UP A TRADITION FROM YESTERYEAR.
I WISH THAT I HAD OF HAD THESE KITS WHEN I GREW UP IN THE 70'S AND 80'S. I GUESS I'M JUST MAKING UP FOR ALL THAT LOST TIME AND HAVING FUN. CHECK OUT YOUTUBE. PP5CW'S CLIPS
Posted by NG9D on 9th Dec 2011
The T1056 is a nice receiver project that is economical, fun and easy to build. You can see how well the little DC receiver plays here:
Posted by Bob Woish on 2nd Dec 2011
I like mine. I have used the included parts to change bands, but I find this works best on 40 meters. I have a youtube video online if you want to see it in action. The frequency is quite stable for an analog tuned DC rx, so much so that I have listened in on SSB QSOs for an hour without any need for retuning. I have made a handful of QRP CW contacts using it too. The sound quality is great and the bandwidth control is a plus. I had sworn off DC receivers, but tried this one because of the band versatility. I'm glad I tried one more, this one actually works as they all say they can, but the others are frankly toys. This one is a practical, usable radio. Oh and as a first kit, this would be the way to go. Wish this had been available when I was young and the hobby budget was thin! A lot of fun for the $$$. 73, WB3T.