Hi folks -
Well, even though I have an ICOM756PRO (brand new) sitting on my table,
I keep hooking the OMNI V.9 up next to it and comparing them (even
though I have the OMNI advertised for sale!).
I'll tell you what folks.....it is DARN hard to let yourself part with
Anyway, I do know that the 756 is "dead accurate on freq" and that the
OMNI is a few hz off. While I have the two next to each other I'd like
to adjust the freq on the OMNI. I know one of the boards has an
adjustment that can be used after you let the rig get nice and warm - I
just cannot find the page in the manual that mentions it. Can someone
Also, one thing that is nice about newer rigs is that the "clicking
sound" made by the rig as you key them on and off is very quiet. I guess
these are switches or relays coming off and on? Actually I don't know
and would enjoy knowing if someone has time to explain.
I mention it because the OMNI has always had clicks that sound like a
quiet telegraph key (for lack of better description) - I'm not talking
about audio sounds in either rig - I am talking about mechanical sounds
from within the rigs. My question is this - is there anyway to make that
clicking quieter on the OMNI? I never gave it much thought until I I had
the 756 A/B comps running.
Stan at TenTec told me the cost of this type of rig has simply become
prohibitive for mnfgs. to build them. I think that is the obvious trend
with all radio manufacturers. I also asked if the Orion was going to
have a number of filters in it like the OMNIs. He suspected some, but it
sounded like far more of the rig will be based on DSP. He did say that
they would preserve the best QSK in the world.
OMNI's are certainly not everybody's dream rig.....but if you look at cw
focused rigs, these may be the last of the best cw rigs ever made (well,
my K2 is a cw dream too!). That really makes you think twice about
letting one go!
If anyone can help me with the freq adjust question and the "clicking"
question, I would appreciate it. Thanks folks.