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Subject: [TenTec] Orion 1 V2 Firmware Observations
From: "Robb Urie" <rurie@cox.net>
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Date: Mon, 13 Feb 2006 21:45:55 -0500
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Just updated my Orion, a few minor observations to note:

1.  The main S meter seems to be reading much higher than previous. Actually, 
make that both s meters.
     The local 75M boys are reading at 50+ with the usual 12DB of attenuation 
now.  Previously, the only
     time I would see that high of signal was without any attenuation.  Minor, 
but something to ponder.

2.  Now I get the S meter deflection when decreasing the RF gain.  I know this 
was reported with the new
     version for the Orion II, and was anticipating it.  I really don't care 
for it, as I had grown quite comfortable
     with the Omni 6+ and it's S meter reduction.  It does appear that the gain 
control produces a smoother application 
     of control as it it varied, something that was questionable on the earlier 

3.  The AGC adjustments are more uniform and much quicker to update.  No more 
endless cranking on the knob 
     to get that threshold down to nil.  Much easier to tweak the AGC now than 

4.  The NR does not reduce the S meter reading!  Even when adjusted to the most 
aggressive level, the signal is
     still reading relatively the same.  As I type this, I am monitoring the 
3Y0X crew on 7.023 and adjusting the NR
     level.  The NR seems to engage much quicker and without adding the "Ocean" 
sound that plaques most DSP
     NR systems.  Kinda reminds me of the NR on the Omni 6+, just pops the 
signal right out of the noise.

These are just a few things that I have noticed in the past 30 minutes or so.  
I would be interested in hearing from
others on their results.  I will complete the logic board mod later this week 
so I can evaluate the Sweep function.

Overall, seems like the wait was indeed worth it.  Sorry for mentioning the 
Ocean, my appologies to Led Zeppelin.


Robb Urie...,NØRU
Poquoson, VA   

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