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Subject: [TenTec] RX-320D
From: efricha@dimensional.com (Eric F. Richards)
Date: Tue Apr 1 16:45:20 2003
> Even though not specifically TT, I'm copying list
> for the benefit of thouse who might find a new interest...

I am too, but my postings are delayed badly.  Dunno why.

> Eric F. Richards wrote:
> >>Nifty-
> >>
> >>Is the winradio schema on line anywhere?
> > 
> > 
> >     All the radio controls are open source (www.linradio.com)
> >     *except the SDR*.  In other words, no. :-)
> Yes, I've seen this site. There is some good stuff
> to glom for other projects.
> I was not impressed with winradio specifications vs price
> compared to the RX320 coupled with linrad (not linradio).
> Linrad, http://www.nitehawk.com/sm5bsz/linuxdsp/linrad.htm
> is maturing nicely and like gnuradio is open source.
> Gnuradio focus is digital modes, ATSC-HDTV, etc.

Specifically the G303 or the others?  The others weren't worth it.

> > 
> > Don't know about the PCR1000.  It's not one of my favorite
> > radios because of both engineering and politcal decisions.
> > 
> Is this why I can't find one without that stupid Bonito SW bundled?
> What about engineering? Specs look good relative to the Winradio.
> I would really lie to see a schema though. You can't hide the
> shortcuts when it's all on paper.

I can't quote chapter and verse, but as a radio it 's pretty
mediocre.  As a computer peripheral, it's an abomination.

Closed command set, prone to errors, line noise can change mundane
commands into commands which write over the alignment data in firmware!

A popular scanning website gave it a thumbs-down in a review and
got threatened by Icom America's legal staff.

> -Bob
> ah7i
> > Most of the WinRadio series is expensive.  Furthermore, they
> > don't perform very well.  They sacrificed a lot to get DC-Daylight
> > performance out of them.  OTOH, the G303i ("i" for internal) is
> > a DC-30 MHz radio and is relatively affordable at $600.
> > 
> > There doesn't seem to be much of a reason that an external version
> > can't be built, but as I said, they haven't released an API or
> > board registers yet.
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