This build review of the TEN-TEC 1253 comes from an article I wrote some years ago for Monitoring Times. This was quite an interesting project to build, as it was my first real radio kit. I tried to take my time (unlike the model airplanes I built as a kid which always ended up with missing parts and “extra” glue – or was that extra parts and missing glue?!) in an effort to really understand the building stages. My reward was a radio which worked great from the start, and which will always hold a near and dear place in my heart, as it allowed me to fulfill a kid’s dream to build a shortwave radio.
I hope TEN-TEC continues to offer such kits as the 1253 or the 1254 (a digital display version) once their current reorganization efforts are completed. And of course there are other radio kits out there, including regenerative radios. I hope you give one a try sometime. While the technology went out in the 1930s, there is a bit of a resurgence of interest in them because of homebrewing.
The file is a 4-Mb .PDF scan of the print magazine article: Ten-Tec1253
Enjoy! 73, Robert