Frequency stability is rated for 50hz during warmup. This is more than
the average JA radio although it may or may not be noticable to the
user. The fact is, it does drift more than most others and the reason
is due to the xtal oscillators. TenTec admits this.
There was never any mention about a keyer. So CMOS Superkeyers have
nothing to do with this conversation. I'm talking about a slight
frequency modulation at the front end of each key pluse which produces
a note peculiar to the Omni 6.
----- Original Message -----
From: Dale L. Martin <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Contesting TenTec <email@example.com>
Sent: Wednesday, October 06, 1999 6:57 PM
Subject: Re: [TenTec] Omni Vi freq drift and poor keyer?
> >This review of the Omni VI+ indicates that it suffers
> >from frequency drift and that the cw keying is the
> >worst on the market. Can anyone verify these
> >(See the 4th review down)
> Drift: When you power up, yes, it drifts. It's the nature of
> the beast and the oven. If it's a problem, leave the power
> supply on. Or turn on the radio before you need it.
> Once the radio's warmed up (about 2-4 minutes), it's rock-solid.
> No problemo!
> CW Keyer Keying: Not on my radio. I haven't the test equipment
> to verify any possible change or alteration to the waveshape the
> keyer MIGHT lend the final signal waveshape, but from my
> experience using my (1) Omni internal keyer, (2) CMOS Superkeyer
> II, and PC keying, I can't tell a difference whatsoever in the
> keying. I also get the occasional nice comment about the signal,
> so there must be something to that.
> So, I rate my radio, an OMNI VI (+ via the upgrade), 5 super
> novae (stars ain't good enough!).
> A truly great radio.
> Personally, I think the reviewer was a bit harsh. Unfortunately,
> readers of the review who don't know the radio will take that
> info and let it weigh more heavily than the positive aspects of
> the radio. Pity.
> Dale Martin, KG5U
> http://www.hal-pc.org/~kg5u -- You can see my drifty, squirrely
> signal Omni VI (+ via the upgrade) station here! :-)
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