Bill, I have seen these comments or arguments before about the RF gain and
s meter, and I never had any problems setting the RF gain or threshold, In
fact I use an old version of the firmware 1.367 where I have to use the
threshold and RF gain seperately. I use this version because the sweep is
very real time and the firmware seems to be stable for me.
However, with the RF gain reduction increasing the s meter in 2.0 and O2,
I have to increase the RF gain to give a s meter reading.
With the 1.xxx versions the s meter is always active and real time and easy
to give a report. A lot of this has to do with the way a person operates
his rig and his own preferences. I would prefer to have the s meter active
regardless of RF gain setting.
AS far as the antique receivers are concerned, their day has passed and
maybe it is time for a change concerning this issue.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Bill Tippett" <email@example.com>
Sent: Thursday, February 09, 2006 12:48 PM
Subject: [TenTec] S-meter and RF Gain
> >Alas, both the O2 and the 2.0 firmware for the old Orion have the s
> 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
> to use.
> 73, Bill W4ZV
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