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.
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Posted by Doc on 31st Mar 2014
Honestly I ordered this kit a year or so ago looking for something to build. When it got here I was pleased to see that all parts (and then some) were included and the board is very nice and professional looking. I am an average kit builder who takes his time and this went together without drama or surprise. Once assembled it works as advertised. I had some fluttering on my audio and found it is related to lack of ground. Once I installed this into a metal enclosure using metal standoff's, problem disappeared. I now have a nice low power 40 meter receiver with good sensitivity: if you've never listened to the bands through a DC receiver, you owe it to yourself to do so, signals are clean and crisp. I am thinking about using this with my Two Tinned Tuna XMTR.
Posted by Tom Larson KC9GOA on 27th Feb 2014
I have only gotten about 20% of the assembly done, but the parts are all there and seem to be of good quality. The solder pads are just right in size to get a good cone shaped solder joint and parts are not crowded on the board. If it works as good as it looks, I would rate it 5 stars.
Posted by Robert Emerson on 24th Feb 2014
I finally decided on 80 Meter for the first one and rather than try switching bands I just bought a second for 40 Meter. I added one of those cheap frequency counters as a digital dial and it works great.
Posted by Edward Vignati on 11th Jan 2014
This kit is easy to build, the high quality PC board flows solder quickly and smoothly. I build a lot of kits and this PC board is the best I have put together and the Face Plate is done in the Ten-Tec tradition of quality.The quality of the sound is Surprisingly quite good. I did make a modification, for the tuning pot. I used a 10 turn pot which adds sensitivity to the tuning process.
The price can't be beat, no torroids to wind, directions are very good and straight forward and if you are experienced in kit building you can tune it by ear. Built, tuned and receiving in a couple of hours.
This is a must have fun affordable kit.
Eddie - kj4fgi
Posted by Bob Emerson on 16th Dec 2013
This was a fun and easy to build kit. The hard part is deciding on a band to tune.
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.
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