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Re: [TenTec] Orion Speech Compressors

To: tjednacz@ieee.org,Discussion of Ten-Tec Equipment <tentec@contesting.com>
Subject: Re: [TenTec] Orion Speech Compressors
From: Ken Brown <ken.d.brown@verizon.net>
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Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2006 07:09:27 -1000
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> The DSP speech processing is indeed RF and is done in software functionally
> after the balanced modulator but before the TX equalizer. As a result very
> impressive compression is achieved (I see average power jumping from about
> 150 watts to over 800 watts at higher settings) without any artifacts or
> distortion.
Is this with just the Orion, or using an external PA?
>  I measured a deliberate audio overdrive (red LED on constantly)
> and found that the junk and intermods you would expect are 60 dB down from
> full power output. Truly amazing performance.
If you mean the Orion without an external PA, yes "truly amazing", or 
perhaps "absolutely incredible and utterly unbelievable" would be the 
right words.

What kind of watt meter are you using?
>  Nothing even close to this
> performance on the market.
> Forget any outboard speech compressor. It cannot even come close to the one
> built into the Orion II.
> 73, Tom, W7QF 

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