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Re: [TenTec] Orion II Reviews?

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Subject: Re: [TenTec] Orion II Reviews?
From: "Ron Castro" <ronc@sonic.net>
Reply-to: Ron Castro <ronc@sonic.net>,Discussion of Ten-Tec Equipment <tentec@contesting.com>
Date: Thu, 2 Feb 2006 20:45:29 -0800
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My Orion II arrived from the factory just yesterday, and I'm still getting 
to know the rig.  So far, it's excellent.  The receiver sounds amazing, and 
I have had no trouble learning how to adjust the AGC.  The tuning feel is 
very nice and the transmit SSB audio compares favorably to the TS-870, which 
is known for its outstanding sound.  I'll wait a few weeks to give it a full 
review, and I'll be sure to post it here.

Today I worked the crew headed down to Peter I Island on split, and set up 
the sub rx so I could listen on the QSX frequency, right ear only, and the 
DX station on the main in both ears.  What a great way to work a pile-up!

The VOX characteristics are the best I've seen yet--fast, smooth and quiet 
with no clipped syllables.

So far, the only problem I have found is that AM transmit does not work, but 
this is a known problem that will probably be fixed in the next firmware 

I'll probably have a lot more to say after I have had a good long weekend to 
play around with it!


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "David Hammond" <dhhdeh@concentric.net>
To: "Ten Tec Reflector" <tentec@contesting.com>
Sent: Thursday, February 02, 2006 2:15 PM
Subject: [TenTec] Orion II Reviews?

> Hi Everyone,
> Well, I sit here contemplating the purchase of a
> new radio this Spring and have narrowed my choices
> down to the Pro III (anticipating no new
> replacement from ICOM for it) or possibly the
> Orion II.
> What I find curious is that there continues to be
> PLENTY of user feedback and commentary on the Pro
> III on all the standard ham web sites of late even
> 2 years after its re-incarnation, while the Orion
> II has had little if any comment of late from
> users on Eham, Yahoo-Orion and this reflector.
> What gives?  Three reviews total on E-ham and none
> since late December?  Everyone can't possibly be
> too busy using it all the time to write some
> comment     ;-)
> To those of you using the Orion II,  how about
> some more comment on your impressions of how it
> plays,  if the software bugs of the original seem
> under control on the II and the
> versatility/appearance of the color display or
> anything else about which you'd like to comment.
> Also curious to me is the lack of updating of the
> Orion II web page on the TT site to include more
> detail on screen versions and more photos of the
> new radio inside and out. References to updates
> appearing at some point in the future are getting
> stale. IMO TT needs to pay a bit more attention to
> presenting its flagship transceiver.
> Feeling better already....
> Best 73 de N1LQ-Dave
> Still using my Omni V.9 after all these years.
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