I would strongly recommend that you read the Orion manual at least
Once, before you buy it.
Second, after you have had a chance to play with it for a couple of
If you think that you can use all of the Orion's capabilities and
features without reading the manual, then you are really kidding yourself.
I sometimes wonder if part of the problems that we hear about are the result
of an operator NOT reading the manual.
Every time I read it, I learn something else.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, June 20, 2005 5:33 PM
Subject: Re: [TenTec] re should i buy an orion now
> 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
> getting weird.
> 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
> 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 6
> kc wide signal and I opend the band width up to 6 k and he sounded great
> the rest of them sounded like they were talking into a coffee can.. but
> 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
> which I
> 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
> 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
> different from any you ever used, it doesn't sound like its working at
> all, then
> 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 not
> 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
> if you can ever learn about everything the orion can do, it is that
> but is also capable of plug and play, do the reset and go just like it
> 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 new
> 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
> tom N5AJR
> (currently the rigs are a ts 2000, swan 350, Ic 746pro, ic 756, ft847,
> ft857d's, a ts930, and the orion, t ic-2kl amps and a als 600 and an
> 76 A, so I do have some toys to compare it to. I have had other rigs in
> past ( ts 570, ft 840 etc)and will probably have more in the future, but
> 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,
> firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
>> 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
> 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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