I think you just got a "Fri afternoon special". I have had my Orion II
since about the third week they were available. Can say that I have not
had any problems with it at all. It has been on 24 hrs a day now since the
first YU6 came on the air, and it has performed flawlessly.
By the way, I had a FT1000D and had to send it back to Yaesu three times for
repairs. The second time was for a problem with the SWR foldback circuit
that is suppose to protect the finals from burning out if the SWR is too
high. I even told them exactly what was wrong with it and they kept it
about a month; their "ace" tech put new finals in it, but did not fix the
foldback circuit. I had even called their service dept while it was there
to no avail.
When I got it back, I checked to see if the foldback was working and it was
not, so I ran her up to full power and blew the finals again. Sent it back
(in warrenty this time) and told them to replace the finals and fix the
problem that was blowing the finals (they did).
----- Original Message -----
From: "John Muzyka" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Monday, July 31, 2006 12:33 AM
Subject: [TenTec] Unhappy Orion 2 Owner
I have had my Orion 2 now for about 6 weeks and I really do like the rig
and its preformance but the reliability (which I was warned about) is not
what I would expect from a top flight radio costing £3500 (thats over $6000)
In the 1st week the main vfo tuning knob dropped off, no big deal just the
small grub screw that had not been tightened up properly, a 2 min' job to
But now the TX has totally died, I was working on CW and in the middle of
a qso it just stopped TX'ing the meter went to zero and the ALC light went
out, the side tone still worked but nothing going out of the rig, I turned
it off and went to my FT1000D at the side of it (14 years old and stiil
going strong) and finished the qso (All my antennas are tuned with nothing
more than 1.5-1 swr plus I tried it into a dummy load as well. I turned on
the O2 and it was working again,so I went to work came home and tried it
again the rig would not work again in TX. I did a major re-set and still
nothing. Its going back to the UK dealer today, as you can imagine I am not
a happy person.
Is this a regular occurance or have I just got a Friday afternoon
Before anyone asks, yes the TXing is turned on in the menu.
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