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[TenTec] should I buy an Orion now?

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Subject: [TenTec] should I buy an Orion now?
From: bob finger <finger@goeaston.net>
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Date: Tue, 21 Jun 2005 15:51:09 -0400
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k3ey said, in part:

"PRO III bought it when they came out no service required and I can hear 
anything that the Orion can and it doesn?t requires a rocket science degree to 
operate because of the intuitive way it was designed."

I am happy for you, but a bit surprised.  A PRO III sitting next to my Orion 
fell apart on receive during a major dx contest.  the Orion heard signals 
buried under the crud produced inside the PIII  masking or obliterating 
signals.  Subjective? Yes but it was a test.  How did you determine your PIII 
can hear anything the Orion can?   During non-contest conditions I believe both 
products might be considered capable, and the PIII might be easier to use.  For 
me, I'll trade inconvenience/cosmetics for a better receiver every time.  Thats 
why the make different radios.  Ain't free enterprise grand!  73 bob de w9ge

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