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[TenTec] SDR 1000 vs Orion vs SDR-X

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Subject: [TenTec] SDR 1000 vs Orion vs SDR-X
From: "Rob Atkinson, K5UJ" <k5uj@hotmail.com>
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Date: Sun, 16 Jul 2006 11:57:24 +0000
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<<<Unfortunately, many of the old die hard amateurs do not like to see such 
rapidly evolving technology environment. It scares them.>>>

No, from what I can tell, they just don't like having their golden rig, that 
was supposed to be the rig to end all rigs, surpassed so soon, and by 
another company at that.  If Flex were a JA company there'd be a complete 
melt down.   I'll concede that the idea of a black box run with a computer 
is an alien concept though.

<<<FYI, The new 1500 Watt Solid State Amplifier that has been announced by
Elecraft at Dayton, is probably going to be the first amplifier in the
amateur radio industry that is solid state and runs 1500 watts out. How
revolutionary is the fact to not have to ever buy an expensive pair of
replacement Ceramic Tube finals in the future.>>>

I applaud the Elecraft success but I heard that they told everyone at dayton 
the 1.5 kw amp will be selling for $5K to $6K and the 800 w. version will be 
somewhere between $3K and $4K.    for that money I'll be sticking with 
tubes.   there are SB220s out there still running their original 3-500s.  If 
I wanted a s.s. amp I'd get one of those SGC smartcubes--that first 5 x 
power increase over exciter power is what really counts.

rob / k5uj

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