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[TenTec] Orion mic input question

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Subject: [TenTec] Orion mic input question
From: "w9ge" <finger@goeaston.net>
Reply-to: tentec@contesting.com
Date: Mon, 22 Nov 2004 13:09:42 -0500
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I have finally, after a year, hooked up my scope to the rf chain from my Ten 
Tec Orion.  It appears the mic gain setting has no affect after turning it past 
"15".  I have been running my Heil HC4 element with mic gain at 65 with no 
known ill effects, and noticed the same on the scope with it as with a two tone 
test signal inserted in the mic jack.  No change in rf output with mic gain set 
anywhere between 15 and 100.  I can vary rf power out with the power control 
just like on cw.  

Is the Orions internal ALC for mic gain that good?  Or am I missing something?  
If what I see on the scope is correct it is likely almost impossible to 
overdrive the Orion on voice.  I appreciate the wisdom of ssb ops who know more 
than I about mics and mic inputs etc.  thanks.  73 bob de w9ge
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