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[TenTec] Orion II questions

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Subject: [TenTec] Orion II questions
From: "Joseph Trombino Jr" <w2kj@bellsouth.net>
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Date: Sat, 4 Feb 2006 13:27:56 -0500
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I visited my friend who has an Orion II a while back and noticed two things 
that I thought were kinda strange.

First, when using the multi-knob to back down on the RF gain it only took a 
quarter turn or less to go from full RF gain to zero RF gain.

Second....when adjusting the taps in the DSP from max to min it controlled 
the IF gain of the receiver....that is it went from max gain to min gain.

These to "anomolies" don't occur in my Orion I....I can go down to 50 on the 
RF gain and still get full S meter readings with reasonable gain....I need 
to go almost all the way down on the RF gain to reach zero gain.

I really like this feature...it keeps the S meter active and very gradually 
adjusts the RF gain unlike what I saw on the Orion II.

Also, when adjusting the tap level in my original Orion the gains stays the 
same but I can hear a difference in the audio "quality" when going from max 
to min......the gain doesn't disappear as in the Orion II.

I'm wondering if what I saw in the Orion II is normal or did my friend have 
a bad unit???

                                    73, Joe W2KJ

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