The Orion is a good radio, period. It's a dream of a U.S. company...
designed by and built by a U.S. company and serviced by a U.S. company.
It's a good radio period.. I said that already.
The band scope I once thought was a gimmick ... isn't. It's good and with
my first production Orion, up-dated to the latest radio with V-2.055 NEVER
fails to work and well. It's on full time and I'm active.
Other radios are also good and in the final analysis it's 'what feels good
on the desk'. The ARRLis not going to please everyone.. me included all the
time. The first purpose for the ARRL in my judgment is to help protect our
frequencies and all the other is fluff. I'm talking about the DXCC,
membership services, SK, articles to keep our minds from turning to mush,
VEC leadership, on and on. BUT they need to pay the bills and that means to
sell ads for the publications. This means JA resources.
I believe it's a very hard balancing act for them to appease everyone who
pays the bills and frankly I dislike their leaning at times. As smarter
folks have said before me.. follow the money and this is not Ten-Tec in
advertising when the playing field clearly tilts to the west.
Remember too that the reviews are prepared by technical folks and many of
them simply can't express themselves while being experts in the technical
aspects of equipment and the review of equipment. This may be some of 'our'
Did they lie? Did they tell the full story? Did they slant it one way or
the other? They were just humans working to pay to fill the gas tank, heat
the house, and well... just being human. Did leadership at the ARRL vote..
you bet they did.
I disliked some of the review while other parts were okay. We on this
reflector know the answers already don't we? We really just want anyone to
confirm what we know. I do, and when they don't.. woe be them. Let's just
pick up the pieces and march on knowing we DO HAVE the best radio, by a U.
S. company, with some issues to be addressed. Hell, with these issues, it's
still the best radio. When did Yaesu, Icom and not sure about Kenwood start
talking about roofing filters? You got it.. when OUR Orion hit the street.
Just be happy, enjoy and rise above. 73, Lynn W4NL
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, July 31, 2006 6:44 PM
Subject: Re: [TenTec] "Being a Contrarian . . ."
>I thought the QST article was really unfair. Most QST reviews are so
> gooey-gushy positive you have to read between the lines to get a hint of
> the truth.
> This article was out of character in that it emphasized the negative and
> sniped about a lot of picky issues. You had to read between the lines to
> get to
> the truth but the overall feeling was very negative.
> Why did they need to devote two paragraphs to a software issue that had
> already been fixed?
> Why the comment about "No hint of ALC function or measurement?" As
> else posted, "Did TT forget to install the LED?" Obviously not.
> I don't agree that the sweep has no practical value. I find it very
> The metering is as good as any I have seen. Who relies on the S meter
> anyway? It is all relative.
> Complaints about the multi-knob are matched by complaints about the 98
> buttons on the YaeComWoods. In other words, "You can't win."
> I like my Orion. I would recommend it to anyone. I don't like the NR
> 1.371 but that's my tough luck. Maybe it will get fixed. In the
> I'm enjoying the radio. I read all QST reviews with a large bucket of
> Suggest others do the same.
> Craig "Buck"
> Fredericksburg, Virginia USA
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