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Re: [TenTec] Orion and digital modes?

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Subject: Re: [TenTec] Orion and digital modes?
From: "Simon Brown, HB9DRV" <simon@hb9drv.ch>
Reply-to: "Simon Brown, HB9DRV" <simon@hb9drv.ch>,tentec@contesting.com
Date: Sun, 21 Nov 2004 15:01:05 +0100
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With the ORION you have an excellent RX, your soundcard however can let you
down badly.

[1] Always use isolation transformers, for example the SignaLink SL-1+.
There are many types of units around. You can sometimes get away without
isolation transformers but if you get some then you've got them for ever.

[2] If you are serious about digital modes get a good external USB soundcard
such as the Creative Audigy 2 NX or MP3+. The difference compared to a
standard mothercard soundchip solution can be staggering, also by having an
external card you will not pick up noise from the gubbins inside the PC.

FWIW with my IC-7800 I don't need isolation transformers because I have an
optical connection between the radio and Audigy 2 NX.

Simon Brown

Holidays: 07-Dec-2004 to 16-Dec-2004, no email access

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "NZ8J" <nz8j@woh.rr.com>

> I have an Orion on the way and plan to use it on the digital modes. I am
> curious as to how most people are hooking the Orion up to use on digital
> modes.  Are you using some sort of interface (if so what kind), or are you
> hooking it up directly to the sound card?
> Thanks in advance for any information
> Tim
> NZ8J

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