"Hi Roger,Now, I have not done the sums yet, but $995 does not sound like a very competitive price for a radio that misses 2 HF bands out. The Argonaut has to be a seriously good radio when put next to the Elecraft KX3, but then Ten-Tec know this only too well. They must have decided this price is right and it will sell.
The Argonaut VI model 539 is in beta testing as we speak. Our first production has gone into the hands of many users to determine any slight improvements before the second production run begins next month. Our web site will be turned on and ready to place orders when all final numbers have been established and any firmware changes have finalized.The price of the Argo VI will be $995 and available around December/January time frame +/- The Argo VI will not be a kit and it will be a small 1-10 watt output multi-mode QRP transceiver. It will not contain 60 meters or 12 meters due to the design and size restrictions. Watch our web pages in December for release notes and a page about the Argonaut VI.Sincerely,Stan Brock, WD0BGS"
The UK price tends to be close to the US price but in pounds. If importing from the USA directly we have to add Royal Mail handling charges (£8) and VAT at 20%. I gather import duty is not payable though. Against a 10 year old FT817 this looks like a lot of money.