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Subject: [TenTec] ORION Returns
From: kd7efq62@hotmail.com (M.Todd Miskel)
Date: Sat Aug 2 08:19:18 2003
Hello all, NOTE: This is not a bashing, but rather a concern. In the last 24 
hrs I have heard 2 more people have returned their Orions to Ten tec. The 
biggest complaints I have heard is that the Orion was an unfinished product 
and released too early with many little bugs in it, No color display, (which 
to me is no big detail) and non-linearity on the spectrum display. These 
people claimed to both be engineers with one supposedly having a Phd in EE. 
Their disappointment mainly was that for the cost of the radio, they 
shouldn't have to be finishing Ten Tec's Beta testing for them out of their 
own pockets.
One Gentleman said he will put his money down on 2 Brand X 7800's (which is 
pricey!) but at least he knows he will have a finished product when it 
arrives. I personally would like an Orion, but the more I hear of these same 
complaints makes me continue to be cautious and stick with my Omni 6+. I 
know not everyone wants the same thing from a radio, but is there any info 
on how many Orions have been sold Vs. how many have been returned? For me, 
this would be a good barometer on when the Orion has matured. I would buy TT 
before another brand, but $3500 for me is an investment I don't want to be 
dissatisfied with. 73. Todd

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