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Re: [TenTec] Omni-C vs. Corsair vs. Omni VI+ - which one to keep?

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Subject: Re: [TenTec] Omni-C vs. Corsair vs. Omni VI+ - which one to keep?
From: "GARY HUBER" <glhuber@msn.com>
Reply-to: tentec@contesting.com
Date: Thu, 18 Nov 2004 14:18:36 -0600
List-post: <mailto:tentec@contesting.com>
Keep the Corsair II! I've been original owner of an Omni-D, Corsair II (and 
matching VFO), Paragon II, and Omni VI plus. The Corsair II is still on the 
desk next to the Omni VI plus because it is still the best weak signal radio 
Ten-Tec ever built and it has a great dynamic range. It'll let you work weak 
"ones" 2-3 KHz from a huge pile-up with a neighborhood KW (Drake), 3KHz and 
1200 feet away!

Best regards,
Gary - AB9M
9679 Heron Bay Road
Bloomington,IL 61704
National Webmaster for:
The Society of the Fifth Division
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: WF2U<mailto:wf2u@starband.net> 
  To: tentec@contesting.com<mailto:tentec@contesting.com> 
  Sent: Thursday, November 18, 2004 10:41 AM
  Subject: [TenTec] Omni-C vs. Corsair vs. Omni VI+ - which one to keep?

  I'm seeking some opinions/advice regarding the performance of the Omni-C,
  the Corsair and the Omni VI+.

  I'm a long-time classic "boatanchor" radio collector and operator, but I
  always had a solid-state transceiver, just for the convenience of a casual
  QSO with a fairly modern rig. My present transceiver, an ICOM 756 is very
  unsatisfactory as the receiver performance goes. After some research, I
  found that the performance of Elecraft K2 and the Omni VI+ receiver is on
  top of the list, after the Orion main receiver. (At this point I'm not ready
  yet to spend that kind of money)...
  I compared the newly purchased used, fully filtered up Omni VI+ with the 756
  and clearly the Omni is a superior performer.
  Then I went hog wild and found an Onmni-C and a Corsair for a price I
  couldn't refuse ;-).  So far the Omni-C beats the pants off the 756 receiver
  as well. The Corsair is great too. For some reason, I find the receive audio
  of the Omni-C more pleasant than the Corsair, but the Corsair PBT is very
  nice. I don't have the instrumentation to run real meaningful bench tests on
  these radios, so I'm looking for some subjective and maybe some fact-based
  opinions. My Omni VI+ is at T-T right now, for service (some instability in
  the output power) so I can't do a one-to-one comparison with the other two.

  The digital tuning in the Omni VI+ (vs. the analog VFO in the Omni-C and
  Corsair) is not a very important point as far as I'm concerned, neither are
  the microprocessor control, memories, serial interface and DSP in the VI+.
  (I have an external DSP box, so I can attach it to any rig).
  As I live in a rural area, there is no man-made noise and strong blocking
  signals around here. All I'm interested in is the pure weak signal receiver
  performance, all the bells and whistles are secondary. I'm looking for the
  performance/price ratio. Why pay for DSP, if for example the DSP is needed
  to mask the high phase noise, internal digital garbage and/or otherwise poor
  receiver performance - which I find is the case with the 756...

  So - which one(s) do I keep? (I may decide to keep 2 out of the three...)

  Thanks for any input and opinion.

  73, Meir WF2U
  Landrum, SC

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