Thanks, Bill. Right on the nose.
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From: Bill Tippett <email@example.com>
Reply-To: Discussion of Ten-Tec Equipment <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 09 Feb 2006 12:48:51 -0500
> >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.
> Toby, you mean you don't like Collins,Hammarlund,
>Hallicrafters, Drake, etc? It's
>how S-meters and RF Gain controls have worked
>for at least 60 years! This wasn't invented
>by "foreign imports", it's simply the result
>of how the S-meter interacted with RF Gain
>in analog rigs.
> The "change" was when Ten-Tec decoupled
>the two in Orion. I feel this will make it
>much easier for people to set RF Gain correctly
>(the same ones who now complain about Orion
>being "noisy" because they don't know how to
>set RF Gain properly). Instead of setting Gain
>by ear, now they can set it by simply adjusting
>the S-meter deflection to be slightly above
>noise peaks. What could be simpler?
> Actually Sinisa YT1NT first suggested
>this in his March 2004 white paper when so
>many folks could not figure out how to set
>AGC Threshold correctly. I think this is
>actually a good move making Orion much easier
> 73, Bill W4ZV
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