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[TenTec] DSP in OMNI VI

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Subject: [TenTec] DSP in OMNI VI
From: AC5E@aol.com (AC5E@aol.com)
Date: Fri Apr 25 16:25:42 2003
Hi: the DSP on the VI + or the Option 3 is outstanding. It's been so long 
since I had my VI's Optioned I  don't remember how good it was before the 
conversion, but I have found very few rigs whose DSP equals the VI+. 

One thing that throws a few people off at first is there's just the one 
button, NR,  and no knob. However, Ten Tec got it right the first time and 
the NR works like a champ each and every time. As does the auto and manual 

The CW filtering is also excellent, and the ability to further narrow the 
passband with the PBT control is as handy as a pocket in a shirt.  After 
initial setup you won't visit the menus much, but the three menus are very 
simple to use. Although you probably want to have the manual in your hand the 
first few times you set the Baud rate or some such. 

I have loaned the local club a pair of my VI +'s the last few field days and 
the main problem was a tendencey to center the manual notch in the audio 
passband and then complain it didn't sound good. The second was trying to 
copy SSB with 1.8 kHz and either the 250 or 500 Hz filters in. And the third 
was twisting the PBT all the way to the end. Aside from those minor operator 
problems the rigs have been bulletproof and earned high praise for their 

Audio is quite good with a decent outboard speaker. The one in the power 
supply could use some help, and I help mine with a variety of classic 
Hallicrafters, National, and Hammurlund speakers. But the 307 also does a 
great job.  And the power supply will trip off if the supply voltage gets too 
low.  As it did after a couple of hurricanes. 

And no, even with the Orion in the #1 operators position you can't have any 
of my VI+'s. Maybe when I get ready to upgrade the other positions. 

73  Pete Allen  AC5E
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