You have a point. Despite the drift, my old TS-520S was quite
successful running PSK31 after warmup. That's about as demanding a
mode as any on HF. So why worry about a few Hz on the Orion?
Stability and being able to measure and generate accurate frequency is
a Good Thing. (You really do need it if you're working weak signals
at VHF and above.) What bothers me about the Orion is that for another
$10-20 (I'm guessing), you could have had a master oscillator with
maybe 10x the stability and accuracy of the present unit. Or you
could have added the option to sync with an external standard.
There's already a spare jack on the back panel.
An Orion stabilizer would be a nice after-market add-on kit, for any
of you garage entrepreneurs. (But be careful not to degrade the phase
73 Martin AA6E
On 2/23/06, John Nason / NA9U <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> What frequency instability problem are you referring
> to. My unit does not drift. My old Kenwood TS-520S
> would drift 200 Hz for the first three hours, that was
> drift. This thing seems solid.
> John NA9U
> --- Ron Castro <email@example.com> wrote:
> > Fellow Listees:
> > I have just completed an update to my web page that
> > includes a great deal of information I have gleaned
> > over the past three weeks of operating my Orion II.
> > Included are my personal observations, details and
> > pictures of the fan modification to reduce the
> > warm-up drift, results of the S-Meter test, my
> > "Orion II Wish List" of fixes, pictures of last
> > year's office party....whoops--on second thought....
> > http://www.ronc.users.sonic.net/
> > I would like to hear your reactions, on or off list
> > as you please. I will soon be sending in my wish
> > list to Ten Tec, and I'll include other problems if
> > they seem to need fixing enough!
> > Tnx & 73...
> > Ron
> > N6AHA
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