----- Original Message -----
From: William Lee <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Jim Reid <email@example.com>
Sent: Sunday, August 15, 1999 8:15 PM
Subject: Re: [TenTec] Some Rig Comparisons
Hey Jim, Tune them up on 14.336 sometime. There you will find signals of
strengths. From nothing to S-9. That is where I spend most of my time
hunting counties for a USA-CA award. My little Triton IV is the radio of
choice for me due to the same reasons you stated. You did forget to mention
the super noise blanker that is available for it. With my 3el 20m beam
sometimes the background noise fades away to nothing and all that is left is
the pure SSB signals. Almost like FM at times. Hearing those weak mobiles in
the counties you need is the trick to this game. Net control will tell you
who and where they are but you have to exchange the signal reports for the
contact to count. That Triton IV will really pick the weak ones out of the
noise. The selectivity of the Triton aint much to speak of and it wouldnt
make a very good mobile rig but for me it is doing the job better as a base
radio than others costing three or four times as much.
I wonder if the Scout has the same such characteristics....
William Lee N5WRX
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Jim Reid <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> To: <email@example.com>
> Sent: Sunday, August 15, 1999 7:37 PM
> Subject: [TenTec] Some Rig Comparisons
> > Hi all,
> > Not sure I should have done this. I fixed
> > up an Alpha/Delta four way coax switch
> > from my C4 beam on the way to my rigs.
> > Now I can immediately compare the "sound"
> > of three rigs: the Omni VI+, the Triton IV
> > digital (544) and the Yaesu FT-1000D.
> > Spent quite some time on 20 M CW yesterday,
> > just listening to the all the "CQ test" calls, and
> > the few responses, exchanges occurring.
> > Spent time with only the "run" signals from
> > stations which were S3 or lower out here;
> > that is the Omni S meter needle almost never
> > moved, and was absolutely motionless on
> > the Triton (whose S meter reads nothing
> > below S3).
> > Result the Trition "sounds" the finest, and most
> > noise free !!? Fiddling with the Omni VI+, I
> > could get a matching apparent "sound" by
> > using a CW filter (in my case the INRAD
> > 400 Hz filter in the 6.3 MHz IF strip) plus
> > the LP filter activated and plus the DSP
> > NR button depressed. Only then did I
> > hear as quiet a background as being
> > heard from the same source on the Triton
> > IV with the Mode selector switched to the
> > only filter available for this rig, a 150 Hz
> > bandwidth, 750 Hz center freq. peaked filter
> > with a shape factor of "7.2 to 1" at 6/60 dB.
> > The background noise is just lower between
> > CW elements when listening with the Triton
> > than when using the Omni, unless all the
> > above "bells/whistles" are activated!
> > Now my FT-1000D was just absolutely more
> > noisy between CW elements, and adding
> > the Yaesu 500 CW filter did not help, and the
> > 250 Hz CW filter seemed to "ring" or something
> > else showed up between CW elements along
> > with the white noise heard. The S/N was noticeably
> > not so good as with either Ten Tec rig, when listening
> > to these low level signals.
> > The Yaesu and Omni VI+ frequency readouts
> > agreed to the second decimal place of each
> > rig's display, while of course the Triton reads
> > the sidetone offset of 750 Hz away from your
> > actual transmitting frequency, so on 14 MHz,
> > you must add 750 Hz to whatever the display
> > reads to learn the actual frequency to which
> > you are listening and where you will transmit.
> > So now I must agree, for most enjoyable
> > long term CW listening and QSO's, I will
> > probably be using the Triton more frequently
> > now.
> > BTW, has anyone ever come up with a mod to
> > the Triton to replace the sawtooth sounding CW
> > sidetone to something more pleasant to listen
> > to over time?
> > 73, Jim, KH7M
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