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Lab599 Discovery TX-500 Adventure HF Transceiver

(3 customer reviews)
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Available for pre-ordering

Preliminary release date is May 30, 2021.

Discovery TX-500 ultra-compact HF transceiver from Lab599 is tailored for adventure, for extremes, for using in places unattainable before, with no sacrifice of performance or features.

Discovery TX-500 Brochure

Discovery TX-500 User Manual (English)

More documentation and Firmware plus Spanish and French manuals in Downloads.

CE Certification is estimated to be completed in March 2021. Estimated delivery of pre-orders placed now is in May or June. Pre-orders will be served first, place your pre-order now!

Latest delivery news here

Please keep in mind that Lab599 is a small company with a brand new, unique product which created a huge demand in both EU and the US, but Discovery TX-500 is definitely worth the wait!

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  • USD: 1,136 $
  • SEK: 9,889 kr

Available for pre-ordering

Discovery TX-500 General Features

  • 160-6-meter ham bands
  • General ‘receive’ coverage 0.5 – 56.0 MHz
  • All modes: SSB, CW, DIG, AM, FM
  • High-performance 32-bit floating-point DSP
  • Current drain as low as 100 mA in ‘receive’ mode (backlight on, preamp off, no signal)
  • External power supply DC 9-15V, 1 to 2A typical in transmit
  • High-contrast LCD with 256 * 128 px
  • High-performance real-time panadapter (48 kHz wide)
  • On-line firmware updates
  • Tilted feet (rear), fold up for transportation
  • Ultra-compact size (H*W*D): 90 mm (3.5″) * 207 mm (8.1″) * 21 mm (0.8 “)
  • Weight: 0.55 Kg (19,4 oz)

The Lab599 Discovery TX500 covers 160-6 meters, all modes, with a maximum power output of 10 W. It comes with true desktop-radio features, like auto-notch, noise reduction, and RX/TX EQ. The transceiver has a built-in fast pan-adapter, for easier search for new contacts and evaluation of band conditions wherever you are, at any time.

In receive mode, current drain can be as low as 100 mA —a unique feature on the market. Transmit efficiency is also excellent, with improved battery life.

Unique form-factor

The Lab599 Discovery unique form-factor allows you to operate from anywhere. The transceiver is only 30 mm thick, including knobs, weighing only 0.58kg. Fold out the tilted-feet at the rear for use on a desktop or picnic table.

11 discrete RF bandpass filters

Discovery TX-500 has 11 discrete RF bandpass filters. The RF signal is only passed through one of the band-pass filters — any out-of-range signals are rejected.

Built-in pan-adapter

The transceiver features a built-in high-performance pan-adapter, for better search for new contacts and evaluation of band conditions — wherever you are, at any time.

Aluminum alloy body

The transceiver’s body is made of durable aluminum by the method of precision milling, to ensure a unique shock protection and provide good heat removal from the output part of the transmitter.

Well shielded inner units

Toachieve high sensitivity of the transceiver, separate functional units are isolated from mutual influence and external interference by partitioning walls installed in the device case.

Dust and liquid protection

The liquid-protected housing and the absence of through-holes, spatter resistant plugs, valcoders with sealing rings provides for a level of weather protection unseen of before in the amateur radio market. The Discovery TX-500 transceiver will work reliably in extreme conditions.

The case is also covered with a layer of black anodizing substance, to maintain an attractive appearance for a long time, even during extreme operation.

Lab599 Discovery TX-500 General Features

  • 160-6-meter ham bands
  • General ‘receive’ coverage 0.5 – 56.0 MHz
  • All modes: SSB, CW, DIG, AM, FM
  • High-performance 32-bit floating-point DSP
  • Current drain as low as 100 mA in ‘receive’ mode (backlight on, preamp off, no signal)
  • External power supply DC 9-15V, 1 to 3A typical in transmit
  • High-contrast LCD with 256 * 128 px
  • High-performance real-time pan-adapter (48 kHz wide)
  • On-line firmware updates
  • Rear folding kickstands for viewing angle and transportation
  • Ultra-compact size (H*W*D): 90 mm (3.5″) * 207 mm (8.1″) * 21 mm (0.8 “)
  • Weight: 0.55 Kg (19,4 oz)

Lab599 Discovery TX-500 Receiver *

  • Sensitivity (MDS) -136 dBm (typ. with preamp on)
  • Quadrature down-sampling mixer compatible with PC-based SDR (software defined radio) applications
  • Receiver I / Q outputs for PC soundcard
  • Switchable low-noise preamp and attenuator
  • 3-band receive audio equalizer
  • 4 adjustable digital filters
  • Automatic notch filtering
  • Adjustable noise reduction and noise blanking
  • Audio Output ext. speaker, 3W typ

Lab599 Discovery TX-500 Transmitter *

  • Adjustable output, 1 to 10W PEP
  • Rugged, SWR and temperature-protected final amplifier stage
  • Carrier Suppression > 50 dB typ.
  • Harmonic / Spurious Outputs > 50 dB below carrier
  • CW Sidetone/Transmit offset 400-1200 Hz, adjustable
  • Speaker-microphone with PTT
  • 3-band microphone audio equalizer
  • 2 adjustable digital filters
  • DSP RF speech processing for excellent ‘punch’

Lab599 Discovery TX-500 Other Features

  • Internal CW keyer with 10-300 СPM range
  • 100 general-purpose memories store VFOs, modes, etc.
  • Computer control via USB
  • Full remote-control command set (with kenwood emulates)
  • One-click online firmware upgrades (with free PC software)

Included Accessories

  • Speaker-microphone;
  • CAT cable for on-line software update;
  • Power cabel for external power source DC 9-15V
    (battery not incluide);
  • Headset and mic adapter with PTT (3.5 mm jack);
  • CW adapter (3.5 mm jack);
  • Additional connector GX12 type, 7 pins.

Recommended Optional Accessories

  • TX-500 Battery Pack (coming soon)
  • Set of GX12 type connectors (coming soon)
  • Digital Modes Cable with PTT output (coming soon)
  • Portable Antennas (coming soon)
  • Spare Power Cable (coming soon)
  • Spare USB CAT cable (coming soon)
  • Spare Headset adapter (coming soon)
  • Spare CW adapter (coming soon)

* Specifications apply only within ham bands except as noted. All measurements taken with 13.8 VDC supply

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Weight 1.03 kg
Dimensions 27 × 17 × 8 cm

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  1. Julian OH8STN

    The Discovery TX-500 is the first portable ham radio which can actually survive the rigors of field operations, in rough weather, and conditions.

    I had the pleasure of testing this radio for 3 weeks during August 2020. It was an absolute pleasure to use, without the normal worries of damaging the rig, during some forest mishap.

    Daylight readable display, rugged design, excellent receiver, extremely low current draw, waterproof connectors, …
    This radio is simply amazing!
    73
    Julian oh8stn

    Julian OH8STN

  2. Julian White OH8STN

    For several weeks during August and September 2020, I had the pleasure of testing the Discovery TX-500 in Lapland. This was a wonderful experience, and one which I hope to repeat soon! The Discovery TX-500 is a full featured but uncluttered HF/6m SDR radio, designed by portable operators, for portable and QRP operators who take field radio seriously. Operators who go far off the beaten path, regardless of the weather. The Discovery TX-500 was designed for this operator, in fact, it felt as if it was designed for me! This radio has everything we need, while leaving out anything which is not useful to our task. This makes it a lightweight, energy efficient, rugged and very practical QRP+ rig, capable of surviving the adventure.
    Here is a link to my full review.
    73 Julian OH8STN
    OH8STN Video Review of Discovery TX-500

    Julian White OH8STN

  3. RM2D (SM6LRR), Mats Strandberg

    TX-500 was purchased with the purpose of being a complement to my other transceivers TS590S and KX-3.

    Both these radios are excellent for fixed operations or expeditions (KX-3 more for Holiday Style), but I wanted something more rugged for tougher hiking expeditions (SOTA, WWFF or similar).

    The TX-500 has now been tested in both fixed contest operation (CQWW CW) as well as in portable operations.

    I conclude that the radio fully met or exceeded my expectations:

    Size
    Weight
    Power usage
    RX quality (sensitivity as well as selectivity)
    Intuitive user interface
    Connectivity with Computer and Winkeyer
    Water/moisture resistance in the field

    RM2D (SM6LRR), Mats Strandberg