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Subject: [TenTec] Pegasus
From: jmerril1@twcny.rr.com (John L Merrill)
Date: Sat, 2 Oct 1999 19:24:24 -0400
I would change the look of the S-meter, but otherwise, except for what you
mentioned it looks good on paper. Thanks for the reply.

----- Original Message -----
From: Paul Christensen <paulc@mediaone.net>
To: David Ward <wa1rd@home.com>; John L Merrill <jmerril1@twcny.rr.com>;
Sent: Saturday, October 02, 1999 2:00 PM
Subject: Re: [TenTec] Pegasus

> I've been running the Pegasus almost exclusively for the past two weeks
> it has certainly been an absolute pleasure to use.  The software almost
> installs itself.  I have already upgraded the software to v1.57 from
> Ten-tec's web site and is by far the easiest I have ever installed on my
> computers, including the Kachina 505DSP.
> I'm still amazed at CW performance, particularly for a computer-based
> transceiver.  QSK is fast, although I detect a slightly audible T/R
> in my sidetone.  The CW waveform is more accurate and symmetrical than ANY
> other Ten-tec model I've had.
> Receiver performance has been excellent and I have not encountered any
> overload problems, even while operating on 40-meters in the evening when
> using a half-wave elevated vertical.  The DSP filters are excellent and
> exhibit no "blow-by."  I especially like the fact that I can fine tune
> of the filter's center frequencies.
> My wish list:
> 1) Allow the software's audio volume control to vary the "LINE OUT" front
> panel audio jack.  Presently, I have to vary the external volume control
> my PC's SoundBlaster card.  The logical "pick-off" point is just prior to
> the audio power amp that feeds the speaker.
> 2) Add a keyer weighting control.
> 3) Add CW spotting.  This could be accomplished by depressing either 1)
> keyboard space bar, or 2) clicking the mouse pointer on the CW mode
> just like the Omni six.
> 4) A DSP-based mic processor with a maximum of 10 dB of compression would
> nice.
> 5) Add +8VDC to the microphone connector as a microphone "phantom voltage"
> for mics requiring a transistor battery.  I power an FET impedance
> transformer on my D-104 mics.  Other mics require similar power.
> These are all items that would not significantly raise the production cost
> of the $895.00 retail price of the Pegasus.   I can't think of much more
> change.  The GUI ergonomics are great and I wouldn't change a thing.
> -Paul, W9AC
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: David Ward <wa1rd@home.com>
> To: John L Merrill <jmerril1@twcny.rr.com>; <tentec@contesting.com>
> Sent: Saturday, October 02, 1999 12:56 PM
> Subject: RE: [TenTec] Pegasus
> >
> >
> > Hi John and Everyone else,
> > I, too, am somewhat puzzled by the lack of attention Pegasus is
> I
> > have been singing its praises from the mountain tops. I love it. It has
> > become my #1 radio, beating out my beloved FT-990 and IC-706. As it is
> > each of us, my reasons are tailored for me and my needs. So, from my
> > perspective, here it goes...
> >
> > I mostly rag chew. My transmit audio must be very clean and have good
> > presence. According to reports from (yes, the group I hang out with) all
> > different 80 and 40 groups, the Pegasus transmit audio meets and exceeds
> > those requirements. There is no "Proc" switch either. My ham friends who
> > know my real voice like what they hear from this $895 radio.
> >
> > Receiving with the noise reduction algorithm is a pleasure.  I don't
> > any manufacturer has yet marketed the "perfect" noise reduction system.
> What
> > I like you may not. But I will tell you this -those noisy summer
> on
> > 80 are now workable for me when I use to give up. The plethora of
> > (both transmit and receive) have given the amateur tailor made audio.
> > pass band tuning helps me ignore bothersome adjacent signals.
> >
> > Being able to make my faceplate as large as I want helps me to see what
> am
> > doing, i.e. the frequency I am on!  My vision is deteriorating rapidly
> > this feature is now high on my priority list. I suspect others with
> similar
> > eyesight problems are happy over this new breed of "virtual" radios.
> > programmers may invent/create more form versus function solutions now
> > Ten Tec is opening up the source code. With its downloadable software
> > firmware bios, Pegasus will be recreated over and over again. This very
> well
> > may lead to a new era in how amateur radio is executed.
> >
> > I did have to purchase a strong 25 amp continuous power supply. A 30 amp
> (25
> > cont.) switcher from Astron for $119 did the trick. When I used lesser
> > supplies all sorts of weird things happened. I also run an AL-1500 and
> > resonant coax fed dipoles. I don't have any switcher, computer or
> > noise in the Pegasus. I was careful about not having ground loops.
> >
> > Check back with me in six months to see if I am still as enthusiastic as
> > am today over the Pegasus. The radio certainly seems to fit many of my
> needs
> > in an economical fashion. By the way, I first used an old Pentium 75
> laptop
> > which worked fine. I would think most computers up to ten years old
> > work.
> >
> > Good luck and best wishes. I hope I answered enough of your questions.
> >
> > 73,
> > David Wa1rd
> >
> >
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