Have you ever thought about taking a vacation?
----- Original Message -----
From: "n4lq" <email@example.com>
To: "Discussion of Ten-Tec Equipment" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Wednesday, June 01, 2005 6:57 PM
Subject: Re: [TenTec] Orion 1st Year of Use
> 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.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: N0KHQ@aol.com
> To: email@example.com
> 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
> > 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 "Gotchas".
> > 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. (reprint)
> > 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.
> > FWIW
> > 73
> > John / N0KHQ / St. Louis
> > http://www.hamuniverse.com/antennas.html
> > http://www.cebik.com/moxon/n0khq.html
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