I think what I am saying is that the orioin has a steep learning curve.
either you turn it on and use it as is, or start moving knobs and pushing
buttons and some times I did not read page 54 of the instructions and oops, its
so if you want to play with it and use the book as a last resort, then you
may have to do a reset or two now and then. I did read the manual, once and
got an idea of how it works, and it works pretty darn good. but like the
other nite I was listening to the boys on 3840 and one of them is using a 5 to
kc wide signal and I opend the band width up to 6 k and he sounded great and
the rest of them sounded like they were talking into a coffee can.. but run
it down to 3300 cycles and they all sounded fine. so as I played with the
different menus and options.. somewhere I set something wrong and oops, I
couldn't get it to recieve, but I have learned to go to my last good setup
store in user 1 and push that now instead of master reset, kind of a mini
the point is , I will play with it to learn its abilities, and sometimes I
screw it up. it als has 3 voice memories , 2 at about 5 seconds, and 1 at
about 28 seconds, the first 2 will save but the 3rd goes away when you power
down, I use it for a poor mans voice keyer, ..cq 17 cq 17, this is n6ajr
calling cq on 17... and it also has 3 cw memories too. the noise reduction is
different from any you ever used, it doesn't sound like its working at all,
when a voice or signal comes up, the back round noise disapears.. weird.
so yes, I really like it, but You Will end up with a master reset now and
then.. no big deal, is like control alt delete on the computer, not good but
a big deal.
I have 9 hf rigs 7 of which are pretty darned good, and seem to use this
one the most. it works pretty good,but I still have things to learn. I doubt
if you can ever learn about everything the orion can do, it is that diverse,
but is also capable of plug and play, do the reset and go just like it is.
in fact they reccommend you do a master reset, then upgrade to the latest
software version and do another master reset and now you are ready for the
radio it has become. It is a software defined radio, a computer with a BFO
and boy does it work..
Like they said before, you have never had a rig like this one.
gud dx and 73
(currently the rigs are a ts 2000, swan 350, Ic 746pro, ic 756, ft847, 2
ft857d's, a ts930, and the orion, t ic-2kl amps and a als 600 and an alpha
76 A, so I do have some toys to compare it to. I have had other rigs in the
past ( ts 570, ft 840 etc)and will probably have more in the future, but the
orion will probably stay along with several of the others.
Remember "He whod dies with the most toys Wins!!"
I know they say you cna't take it with you but my hearse will be towing a
In a message dated 6/20/2005 2:58:24 P.M. Pacific Standard Time,
> seem to have no problems at all. It may be that the hardware
> has been improving as time has passed and the ones having the
> problems are from the earlier production runs. Maybe some
> updating is needed in the earlier versions to bring older
> models up to date?
There have been a few minor updates. My radio was shipped out of the first
production run in March 2003, and has been trouble free (firmware updates
aside) I don't think updating is an issue. And I can guarantee it isn't
just my good "luck" :-)
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