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[TenTec] Should I buy an Orion now or wait?

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Subject: [TenTec] Should I buy an Orion now or wait?
From: Harry Reed <doon@infoscientific.com>
Reply-to: doon@infoscientific.com,Discussion of Ten-Tec Equipment <tentec@contesting.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Jun 2005 09:55:20 -0700
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Hi, All.

    As I am new to this reflector, if this has already been discussed 
please forgive me. If I step on some toes, please forgive me and please 
bear with me.

    I am contemplating the purchase of an Orion in the near future. My 
question for all you TT and Orion fans is should I purchase one now or 
wait? I ask this because ...

    1) the DragonBall processor used by the Orion has been EOL'd 
(discontinued) by Freescale/Motorola. Does this imply that TT will be 
upgrading the Orion to another processor when their supply of 
DragonBall's runs out? or does it mean that an Orion+ or Orion II is on 
the horizon?

    2) From what I've read about Orion it has the potential of being a 
truly awesome rig, but given the somewhat unstable nature of it's 
firmware etc. can it truly live up to it's potential in it's present 
incarnation? or will a hardware upgrade(s) be necessary to fix all of 
the little nits?

    Also, how has TT done things in the past with previous models? I 
gather that the Omni series went through several upgrades/incarnations. 
How did TT deal with their existing Omni customers? Given that TT's 
supply of DragonBalls has to be finite when they do refit the Orion with 
a new processor(s) is TT likely to retrofit existing Orions with the new 
chips(s) for a suitable fee or just tell existing customers, "Sorry, 
just buy our new 'Orion 2 double-plus good' rig and all of your problems 
will be solved?" While I've heard great things about TT support I 
contacted TT with similar concerns and got the standard marketing 
dribble about they are not at liberty to discuss this sort of thing. 
<Sigh> To be fair to TT, I suppose their response was reasonable from a 
sales/marketing standpoint as my questions were rather pointed. 
Unfortunately, TT did nothing to reassure me that the Orion is a worthy 
rig to spend ~$4000 on either!

I really *want* to purchase an Orion, but the question is "when" - now 
or later?

What say ye?

Cheers & 73's
Harry Reed, AB7YF


Harry W. Reed                       | Never ascribe to malice that which can
doon@infoscientific.com             | adequately be explained by stupidity.
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