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Re: [TenTec] SDR 1000 vs Orion vs SDR-X

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Subject: Re: [TenTec] SDR 1000 vs Orion vs SDR-X
From: "Grant Youngman" <nq5t@comcast.net>
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Date: Sun, 16 Jul 2006 09:36:34 -0700
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> <<<Unfortunately, many of the old die hard amateurs do not 
> like to see such a 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.  

Why is it these discussions always manage to come down to some smart remark
about young (and bright, smart, and eager, and not afraid) versus old
(stodgy, stupid, fearful, and still waiting for Elvis to come out of

This old f*rt is looking forward to putting a Flex on the air, next to an
Orion, Orion II, SX-115, R-390, Globe King, and CE 100V.  I'd define that as
"eclectic" rather than old and scared.  In fact, many of the old (and by
definition technically backward) AM crowd have already embraced the Flex
because of it's outstanding AM performance, among other things.  Heck, maybe
Elvis WILL come out of hiding for one last concert :-)

At the rate of innovation we're already seeing, no radio is going to be very
"golden" for long.  High rates of innovation also result in high rates of
obsolence (parts and systems).  And like the significant issues business has
in technology assimilation, we're facing the same set of issues with rate of
change and the associated problem of trying to keep up and remain
competitive without going broke.  And many times (maybe most times), at
least in the early-adopter stages, the technology performance and value
doesn't quite live up to the marketing hype.

I do wish, though, that the SDR guys would stop talking about "sound card"
development, and call it the "DSP Engine" or something else a bit less "PC
gamer geek" sounding :-)


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