Thanks for the post Merle.....I still personally prefer v 1.372. Next would
be v 1.373b5.
One would think that with Elecraft moving forward, TT would be releasing
73 John K4NP
----- Original Message -----
From: "Merle Bone" <email@example.com>
Sent: Wednesday, December 12, 2007 9:07 AM
Subject: [TenTec] Orion Repaired and Back to V1.373b5
>I recently sent my Orion back to Ten-Tec with a problem I had been chasing
>for over 6 months. I had been running V2.062a while trying to find the
>cause of losing the main receiver and transmitter when the band was
>changed - first thru the computer control port and then thru the front
>panel buttons. The Service Department quickly isolated the problem to the
>digital board and then to the EPROM chip - I should have sent it back
>earlier! Ten-Tec Service group is great!
> While the Orion was at Ten-Tec, I was using my FT1000MP. I found the
> FT1000MP audio to be much less fatiguing when operating the radio for
> several hours (With the rain,ice and cold weather I am spending more hours
> on the radio!). When the Orion came back - with V2.062a - I noticed that
> the audio sounded "overdriven and somewhat distorted." After a day of
> operation I reloaded V1.373b5. To my ear, V1.373b5 audio sounds much
> smoother - regardless of the RF gain or audio gain setting. Of course I
> much prefer the performance of the Manual Notch Filter in the V1 code
> (Removes the carrier from the IF bandpass as well as the audio tone so
> that nearby strong signals do not "pump the AGC" - making it hard to copy
> weak signals). Additionally I find the sidetone to be much clearer on V1;
> the V1 Noise Reduction code is much more effective - to my ear - on SSB; I
> much prefer the operation of the S-Meter/RF Gain in that the S-Meter still
> correctly reads the signal strength even with the RF
> gain reduced (I know that some prefer the V2 mode where the S-Meter
> needle moves to the right side of the S-Meter as the RF gain is reduced).
> I don't know if the audio issues I observe on the Orion are due to the
> changes that were made in the V2 AGC operation/take-off-point or because
> of the code changes made in an attempt to reduce the adverse effect of
> burst QRN, or something else.
> I hope that Ten-Tec will soon devote some resources to continuing work to
> improve the V2.062a (May 2007) firmware. I remember early Orion
> discussions, on this reflector, that discussed expectations that the Orion
> firmware would be continuously upgraded to add new features and functions
> to the radio. There have been very few functional improvements to the
> Orion/Orion II (Letters for the stack memories; a strange "sloped AGC"
> function; etc.), while numerous performance issues have emerged as
> artifacts of the V2 firmware re-write. Certainly those early expectations
> have, thus far, gone unfulfilled. What would be most welcome would be
> Ten-Tec releasing a new digital board for the Orion and Orion II with the
> much faster - with larger memories - follow on processors to the current
> Orion SHARC (Which are code compatible with the current Orion/Orion II
> DSPs). That would allow new code to add new features to the Orion/Orion
> II. However, it doesn't look much like that is in the works.
> Hopefully this isn't the end for the Orion firmware.
> Merle - W0EWM
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