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[TenTec] ORION Returns

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Subject: [TenTec] ORION Returns
From: RMcGraw@Blomand.Net (Robert & Linda McGraw K4TAX)
Date: Sat Aug 2 21:23:44 2003
I'd say to the "Gentleman" that would put his money down on Brand X will
expect to have a finished product.  At least, that is, until Brand X
releases a 2nd version in 90 to 120 days to fix the problems in the first
release.  Then his new Brand X will be worth about 1/2 of what he paid for
it.  That puts the depreciation in the class of a new car driven off of the
lot.  There's the ..06, the ..06 Mrk I, the ..06 Mrk II, and the ..06 Mrk
III etc.

As to the color display, it wasn't advertised to have a color display,
wasn't sold as having a color display, and did not arrive with a color
display.  So what's the problem?

The ORION hears circles around the Omni VI+ and the Omni VI+ is one of the
best receivers around.

Just one fellows observations.

Bob, K4TAX

----- Original Message -----
From: "MTodd Miskel" <kd7efq62@hotmail.com>
To: <tentec@contesting.com>
Sent: Saturday, August 02, 2003 7:18 AM
Subject: [TenTec] ORION Returns

> Hello all, NOTE: This is not a bashing, but rather a concern. In the last
> 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
> and released too early with many little bugs in it, No color display,
> 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
> 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
> own pockets.
> One Gentleman said he will put his money down on 2 Brand X 7800's (which
> 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
> 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
> before another brand, but $3500 for me is an investment I don't want to be
> dissatisfied with. 73. Todd
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