very well said John I completely agree
--- N0KHQ@aol.com wrote:
> Hello Group,
> I am a Beta tester for engineering at TT and am
> very proud to have been
> selected to participate in the commissioning of the
> Orion and software.
> I am, by nature, a very analytical individual with
> a positive team spirit
> attitude. I have owned the Orion for one year now
> and I've got to tell you,
> this is the best rig I have ever owned. It wasn't
> an easy decision to sell my
> TS-850S, TS-950SDX and IC-756 Proll but they just
> were not of any use to me any
> more. I still have the TS-830S. Every now and then
> I fire up the old beast
> and have some fun for a while. Then turn it off,
> cover it up and its back to
> the Orion.
> It is a real pleasure to finally have a rig that
> allows me to control
> features that other manufactures don't allow. If
> you own an Orion, you know what
> I'm talking about.
> There are 23 Beta Testers working with engineering
> at TT right now and each
> is an expert in there own fields (including
> programming) of operation. My
> expertise is SSB and general operation only. These
> are the features that I will
> be commissioning in the next beta release. Which, by
> the way, should be
> released for testing sometime this month baring no
> There is an old saying in the software programming
> world that goes something
> like this:
> Debugging is twice as hard as writing the code in
> the first place.
> Therefore, if you write the code as cleverly as
> possible, you are,
> by definition, not smart enough to debug it.
> This is why TT (or any other manufacturer) has beta
> testers and encourages
> positive constructive input from its equipment
> users. Non-constructive
> negative or slanderous remarks about a product
> contribute absolutely nothing to its
> improvement or enhancement.
> If you own an Orion, Jupiter, Pegasus or even an
> SDR-1000 I would encourage
> you to purchase what's call a "T-4 Line Isolator"
> and install it right at the
> antenna outputs of the rig. I also would encourage
> you to install ferrite
> beads or Radio Shacks "Ice Cube" ferrite on the
> keying line going from the rig
> to your linear. Installation of these two items
> will allow for trouble free
> operation of your SDR.
> I never had to use these components on any of my
> other rigs, but they were
> not computer based ham radio transceivers either.
> I can guarantee you that Kenwood, Yeasu and Icom
> are working on software
> based rigs to be released probably before the peak
> of the next solar cycle. It
> only makes sense to manufacture a rig using 75%
> less components and to sell it
> for twice the price. These people are not stupid.
> Its coming.....get ready,
> ham radio will never be the same.
> I bought the Orion for what it is, a software based
> ham radio transceiver
> that allows ME, the user, to have control over
> features that, in my opinion,
> are very important.
> If you don't own an Orion, you owe it to yourself
> to try one and compare it
> to other rigs you may have or to other rigs on the
> market today.
> If you have owned an Orion and didn't like
> it.......that's cool! You can't
> please everyone.
> John / N0KHQ / St. Louis
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