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Re: [TenTec] Is Orion really worth it? Given the published problems?

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Subject: Re: [TenTec] Is Orion really worth it? Given the published problems?
From: "Ron Castro" <ronc@sonic.net>
Reply-to: Ron Castro <ronc@sonic.net>,Discussion of Ten-Tec Equipment <tentec@contesting.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Jul 2006 09:11:07 -0700
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "William Addams" <wiladdamsham@yahoo.com>
To: <TenTec@contesting.com>
Sent: Monday, July 17, 2006 7:45 AM
Subject: [TenTec] Is Orion really worth it? Given the published problems?

> Reading this reflector, those are the questions that comes to my mind.
> I am studying to become a ham, working with a friend of mine who is a Ham, 
> which has an Orion and an Orion 2, and it seems that the problems posted 
> on here about the Orion, my friend never seems to run across.
> His Orion 2 has never locked up, NR works beautifully, NB works great, AN 
> notches out all adjacent carriers, and has a wonderful time on contesting, 
> QRP, CW, and vox modes.
> Yet, if one were to believe what is posted on this reflector.
> The Orions haven't worked right since the version 1 software of the 
> original Orion.
> His Orions are upgraded with the latest software, and all work flawlessly.
> Yes, some values in some settings had to change, but that is to be 
> expected given that AGC operates differently depending upon if it is in 
> the IF chain or not.
> Same can be said for the other "software" type features that relate to DSP 
> filtering and sound processing.
> But, if I read this reflector on a daily business, the Orion is so broke 
> that TenTec will go out of business in a matter of monthes.
> I'm sure glad that I had a chance to watch and listen to my friend playing 
> with his Orion(s), otherwise, I wouldn't be interested in the last 
> American made rig and would be looking at the Japs.
> To that end, can some one please identify what the specific problems with 
> your Orion are? Exactly what HW configuration and software configuration 
> you are using. I'm meaning to the point of identifying the microphones, 
> the amplifiers, tuners, etc.
> It seems to me, that upon reading this reflector, all but 2 or 3 of the 
> major problems, have almost always turned out to be someone has his micro 
> phone adjusted improperly, or it turned out to be a short on his own 
> wiring, or something else of a cockpit error, rather than any kind of real 
> issue with the Orion.
> I'll be glad when the ARRL publishes its findings on the Orion 2. 
> Undoubtedly they will be smart enough to test the rig, and not just 
> publish what others are saying on this reflector. And if they do read this 
> reflector, they should test those features that people say are problems, 
> BEFORE they simply take others words for it. After all, lots of problems 
> seen on here, turned out to be cockpit error.
> OK, flame suit on.
> Wil
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