I am in agreement with you as far as the RF gain and the S meter is
concerned. I have heard arguments for having the S meter go up as the RF
gain goes down. But my preference would be to leave the way the RF gain and
the s meter work alone. I like to be able to see the s meter working and
giving me input as the RF gain is reduced. The input I would like to see if
the signal strength of the received signal.
Alas, both the O2 and the 2.0 firmware for the old Orion have the s meter
working like it does in the foreign imports. The lower the RF gain the
higher the s meter will be stuck.
Change is inevitable, but don't like this one.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Joseph Trombino Jr" <email@example.com>
Sent: Saturday, February 04, 2006 1:27 PM
Subject: [TenTec] Orion II questions
> I visited my friend who has an Orion II a while back and noticed two
> that I thought were kinda strange.
> First, when using the multi-knob to back down on the RF gain it only took
> 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
> 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
> 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
> same but I can hear a difference in the audio "quality" when going from
> 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
> a bad unit???
> 73, Joe W2KJ
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