Yes I think it would be a great idea for everyone to give the Orion a
try. After all, it's got a 30 free day trial period. Shipping to and
from should be less than $100 total for most of us in the USA. Order
one, use it for a few weeks then send it back. Be prepared to pay that
credit card bill though since it usually takes a while for credits to
post. Now don't feel guilty about doing this. TenTec advertises their
rigs this way and they are prepared for returns.
Date: Wed, 1 Jun 2005 12:41:07 EDT
Subject: [TenTec] Orion 1st Year of Use
> Hello Group,
> I am a Beta tester for engineering at TT and am very proud to have
> selected to participate in the commissioning of the Orion and
> I am, by nature, a very analytical individual with a positive team
> attitude. I have owned the Orion for one year now and I've got to tell
> 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
> 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
> is an expert in there own fields (including programming) of operation.
> 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 "Gotchas".
> There is an old saying in the software programming world that goes
> 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. (reprint)
> This is why TT (or any other manufacturer) has beta testers and
> 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
> 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
> 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
> operation of your SDR.
> I never had to use these components on any of my other rigs, but they
> not computer based ham radio transceivers either.
> I can guarantee you that Kenwood, Yeasu and Icom are working on
> 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
> ham radio will never be the same.
> I bought the Orion for what it is, a software based ham radio
> that allows ME, the user, to have control over features that, in my
> 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
> please everyone.
> John / N0KHQ / St. Louis
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