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Re: [TenTec] re should i buy an orion now

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Subject: Re: [TenTec] re should i buy an orion now
From: "Bernard(wtrone)" <wtrone@comcast.net>
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Date: Mon, 20 Jun 2005 20:59:45 -0500
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    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.


            Bernard, WA4OEJ

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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 
> 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 6
> 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 
> which  I
> store in user 1 and push that now instead of master reset, kind of a mini
> reset.
> 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, 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 
> 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  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, 
> 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
> trailer..
> tom
> In a message dated 6/20/2005 2:58:24 P.M. Pacific Standard Time,
> nq5t@comcast.net 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 
> 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"  :-)
> Grant/NQ5T
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