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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: Harry Reed <doon@infoscientific.com>
Reply-to: doon@infoscientific.com,Discussion of Ten-Tec Equipment <tentec@contesting.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Jun 2005 09:38:31 -0700
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 >Harry, methinks it is you who is missing the big picture. Weather we 
like it or not, >the industry is going the way of TT and either firmware 
upgradeable rigs, or the pure >software control like the SDR-1000.

Yup, it sure is. However, if the industry en mass adopting SDR means 
years of buggy firmware, well, then all that SDR represents is a cost 
reduction for those who make amateur equipment and a consequent rise of 
the bottom line for those who peddle it. We, the consumers end up 
suffering because we will now only be offered hi-tech junk that sounds 
cool, but is really a bunch of .......well, you know.

If, however,  the industry offers quality products - and they will, make 
no mistake - then we are on the verge of a revolution in radio 
technology.  However, TT has yet, in my opinion, to make the Orion a 
*true* quality product. Imagine what would happen to Amateur sales if 
one of the Big-3 (Icom, Yaesu, Kenwood) offered a radio with the quirks 
of Orion? - that company's reputation would be tarnished and all of the 
hard work they put into getting people loyal to their brand may have 
been for naught - and that may well be happening to TT unless v2 of the 
Orion firmware works as promised. A company can only peddle a marginal 
product for so long; consumers aren't stupid, brand loyalty only goes so 
far.  Make no mistake, most of TTs current products are outstanding. 
Take their RX-340 for example - a true world-class HF receiver (and 
SDR). The Orion, well, it still needs work after 2+ years.

 >We can not think in terms of the old plug and play version 1 or 2.
 >The other three manufactures are all working on their versions. Icom 
has allready >released one in the 7800 which has upgradable 
firmware.(They had to recall the whole >lot for a harware mistake).

And when they price their SDRs reasonably watch out!

 >The times they are a changing, get the rig now and enjoy.

Yes, but, again, if SDR means years of buggy firmware and endless 
upgrades, well I'll just go back to my old JRC gear thank you very much.

>Bill  kc4atu
>QRP,doing more with less

Harry, AB7YF*

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