Per TenTec...On the Omni VI+, they came out with firmware 1.03 in an
attempt to eliminate the microCHIRP. The revision added a delay to the
keying of the PLL's oscillator. The downside to this is that if you key
above about 64 wpm the PLL's timing went wacko and cw was chopped and
erratic. This is why some of us have gone back to version 1.02. With
this version you can go up to about 70 wpm before weird things begin to
happen. Keying sounds ok at 75 wpm but if you hold down the dit paddle
and listen to yourself in another receiver you will hear a murmur in the
rhythm begin to form.
The Orion had QSK in the earlier firmware versions but due to clicking
in the sidetone and whatever else, they added a delay in later versions
and now QSK is non-existent over about 20 WPM or so. QSK means being
able to hear between dits and dahs. Not many rigs nowdays can do this
without some kind of quirk, be it pops, thumps, clicks or just plain
slowness. ICOMs can do it but not without an external keyer with added
weight compensation. Yaesus are slow. Kenwoods seem to do better in this
department. Kenwood has a real weight control on their internal keyers
and good timing. I don't know how they do at 75 wpm though.
From: "Tommy" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 10 Nov 2004 09:35:55 -0500
Subject: Re: [TenTec] QSK/QRQ problem with Orion / ACOM 2000A
> Your friends problem is not funny, but I just have to sit here and
> chuckle to myself. For some 14 months I have been talking about this
> problem and having to read the responses of how I must be too dumb
> to know how to set up a ham station. The Keying Loop and the
> constant time-shifted CW characters WAS and it STILL IS a firmware
> problem with the Orion. Everyone will tell your friend that what he
> is experiencing just is not true, but none of these folks are
> running CW at speeds over 40 wpm, they just 'forget' to add that
> fact. But I will tell you that it IS a firmware problem. And at this
> point, I'm almost convinced that Ten Tec does not know how to solve
> it.Unfortunately if your friend calls Ten Tec about this, they are
> NOW telling Orion owners that none of their transceivers are
> guaranteed to operate QSK above 40 wpm, but they can't explain why
> if that is the case, their internal keyer is spec'd to operate up to
> 60 wpm! If you look at the spec's of the Orion, you will not find
> any mention of QSK, therefore Ten Tec can verbally tell the user
> what ever they wish, and not have to deal with the problem.
> To me, what is really sad, is that Ten Tec built its sterling
> reputation among CW operators of always producing the very BEST full
> QSK CW radio available. This is no longer true today, IF you enjoy
> running CW over about 40 wpm. The sad part, espically coming from
> the company I truely admired for many, many years, it is now 'let
> the customer beware'!
> In my opinion, if your friend pays some $3300 + USD for a
> transceiver, plus what ever additional for an amplifier, he SHOULD
> NOT then have to go out and buy a special keyer to make them work
> My Omni 6 Plus was sent back to Ten Tec to revert back to logic chip
> v1.02, simply because it also would not key over 40wpm. I was
> resoundingly told by the manager of the Ten Tec repair department
> that reverting back to logic chip v1.02 "had nothing to do with QSK
> or it's ability to send CW over 40wpm", however after having that
> change made to my Plus, it now works quite well up to 75 wpm.
> My Orion still will not work correctly when using my Titan 3
> amplifier in the Keying Loop, however, maricously, the Titan 3 plays
> flawless when being driven by my Omni 6 Plus or my Icom IC-781.
> Tom - W4BQF
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "NJ0IP" <Rick@dj0ip.de>
> To: "Tentec@Contesting. Com" <email@example.com>
> Sent: Wednesday, November 10, 2004 4:24 PM
> Subject: [TenTec] QSK/QRQ problem with Orion / ACOM 2000A
> > One of our local hams is having problems mating his Orion 564 to
> > his ACOM 2000A (automatic linear).
> > The problem is only when trying to run full QSK at speeds above
> > 40 wpm.
> > In SSB or when running slower speeds, everything works just fine.
> > First he tried to use the QSK keying loop, but found at high
> > speeds, the characters were being shortened to the extent that
> > the code was not readable.
> > The next step was to key the amp in the normal fashion, as if it
> > were not a QSK amp.
> > He adjusted the keying delay to give the amp time to switch its
> > TR relay.
> > The problem when running this way is, the 2000A gives an error
> > message: "ARC Fault", which I believe indicates a bad SWR between
> > the TX and the AMP. Sounds to me like the amp's relay isn't
> > switching fast enough.
> > This problem only occurs when a dit is keyed.
> > If he keys a dah, there is not problem.
> > Has anyone used the ACOM 2000A with the Orion successfully under
> > these conditions, or, does anyone have any suggestions of how he
> > might successfully use the two together for high-speed CW?
> > Tnx es 73
> > Rick
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