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----- Original Message -----
From: "William Addams" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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.
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