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Re: [TenTec] N4PY Orion Control

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Subject: Re: [TenTec] N4PY Orion Control
From: "Steve N4LQ" <n4lq@iglou.com>
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Date: Sun, 14 Nov 2004 17:52:38 -0500
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That was a very informative post. I've been playing around with PY software and the Jupiter for a few days and picked up a few tips from you. The logging program is especially interesting and hopefully I will be able to make use of it. I've read through the instructions 4 times now and some of it is beginning to sink in.
Now what about contest logging? How do you operate the PY radio control and log contest at the same time? Do you switch back and forth between the contest software and radio control just to change volume and agc modes?
Something that seems strange about the "log" program. When I tab between columns, the radio disconnects from the computer then reconnects, twice! This 5 second of silence is deafening! Is this normal or another XP bug?
The WinKey comments were helpful and I also use CW type for sending at times. Otherwise I use a keyer. I suppose if I had the WinKey I could eliminate the keyer but how does that reduce the hardware since I had to add the WinKey? You lost me on that one.
Too band the Orion has no color. The Jupiter is pea green so it's a step up. :*)
Steve N4LQ
----- Original Message ----- From: "Ron Hinton" <rjhinton@seidata.com>
To: <tentec@contesting.com>
Sent: Sunday, November 14, 2004 5:27 PM
Subject: [TenTec] N4PY Orion Control

I have been reading about the different control programs being used on the Orion and wanted to share my opinion
of the N4PY program. I chose to purchase this package and have been using it for about a month now.
I heard about the program over the airwaves and when I attended Ten Tec's Ham Fest this year I saw a demo of it.
I did manage to come home with a rather broad understanding of its capabilities and I thought about it for a while
then decided to buy it. I am so impressed with it for the following reasons:

Some 34 Hot Keys, (Alt H) to bring up the list, is provided. These keys allows a person to use the keyboard instead
of mouse clicking on the radio display for changing the Orion controls.Nice feature when you are at the keyboard already.

The memory files are a must if you are wanting to select your preset frequencies and recall them in a flash. I use this
feature all the time. I particularly like seeing a reminder of the use of the frequency. Example I have one set for a SSB freq
that I occasionally use and in the setup I stated "Sunday 8:00 SSB group" this reminds me the freq is the group's place of
meeting and the time. When I call up that memory I will see the information on the program's display along with the frequency.

I like the Sweep function and use it a lot. It is a vivid display of frequencies being used/unused and allows me to just click
on the one I want the Orion to tune to. I often am on one frequency, lets say 7.185 SSB but want to see when a frequency, say 7.040 becomes active. If it does, I just click on that freq and immediately my Orion is tuned to it. I use the various widths of sweeps and the different choices I have for centering the sweep.

K1EL's WinKey support is now offered in Version 1.12. This has really been a fine feature for me. I am a CW nut and I like switching from a paddle to a keyboard. I was using K1EL's K20 keyer with paddle input and CwType for my CW generation. I sometimes use CwGet when the code being received is out of my comfort range. The use of the three along with a home brew electronic logging program required me to have three programs and the K20 keyer up and running. With the added feature for WinKey I can now just have two programs up and running. N4PY's control program with the CW feature which also allows interface of a paddle and my logging program. I no longer need the K20 and keyboard nor CwType. This means space for other things.
By the way if you have not looked into the WinKey you owe it to yourself to do so. N4PY's control program has great support.

AGC control is a biggie for me. I change it as conditions change. One day it will be on prog1 and a few mins later it will be on prog2 with the AGC slider way up.

I remember the earlier talk about the Orion's display not having color. That is not a big issue with me but I can handle the color display in the program just fine. I particularly like the delectability of the various part of the screen. Seeing the frequency change colors at TX is just dandy.

Selectable step tuning for both VFO's is a big plus but I maintain the memory file is my most used. I am a frequency jumper. When I do use this feature, I find it very handy and there are lots of choices for setting the steps up.

Well I will stop here. I will say that I no longer use the controls on the Orion unless my wife is using the computer.

Ron NA9F
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