Toby Pennington wrote:
>What exactly is "cw signal timebase jitter"? Any relation to dead spots
>or noise bursts?
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Bill Tippett" <email@example.com>
>Sent: Thursday, June 16, 2005 5:38 PM
>Subject: [TenTec] Should I buy an Orion now or wait
>> 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
>> 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?
>> Harry, from what I understand of the objectives of
>>the forthcoming version 2.0 firmware upgrade, it should
>>address problems caused by internal communications between
>>the main CPU and the two DSP processors. These communications
>>problems have apparently been the cause of instability in some
>>functions (random lockups, CW signal timebase jitter, etc) and
>>I doubt these problems were caused by an underpowered CPU. I
>>have no idea about the support life of the DragonBall is but
>>it is likely years (maybe even decades) and not days or months.
>>End-of-Life happens all the time in industry and yet the world
>>still somehow manages to turn.
>> If you want a perfect rig, you will need to wait
>>until you go where George W5YR (SK) recently went. Orion
>>already IS an awesome rig, especially its strong-signal handling
>>as consistently measured by ARRL, RSGB, W8JI and Sherwood.
>> 73, Bill W4ZV
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Sometimes I think the first thing someone should do when they have that
initial 'glimmer' of "maybe I should buy an Orion...." is to distance
themselves as far as possible from this reflector until after they buy
it and try it for the 30 day guarantee trial/return.... THEN maybe
exchange notes with others on the Reflector but ONLY after reading
through the archives.. The second thing I think they should do IS NOT
TOUCH any of the programmable options for the first SIX months! Just
leave it in its defaults. Just my tongue-in-cheek recommendation... well
maybe more real than that.
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