There is a hardware mike gain that may need adjusting for the mike you are
using. It is under the radio at the front, on the left, between the mike
connector and RF/AF control A very small screwdriver or small tuning tool
is needed for access through the hole in the bottom to the pot. I've found
that the SP should run about 30% to 35%, and the DSP (front panel) mike gain
at about 30% to 40% just to cause the ALC light to frequently flash.
I use a TX SSB BW of 3000 Hz to 3200 Hz and a TX Rolloff of 150 Hz to 200
Hz. I don't use any TX EQ, it is set to 0 dB.
You'll get "great audio" reports when used with a good sounding mike.
And..........Merry Christmas on your new Omni VII. Yep, it's a keeper in my
----- Original Message -----
From: "Mike Bryce" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "Discussion of Ten-Tec Equipment" <TenTec@contesting.com>
Sent: Tuesday, December 18, 2007 12:55 PM
Subject: [TenTec] New Omni VII....first impressions
> Well the UPS man just left a few hours ago leaving in his wake a
> brand new Omni VII.
> You only get one shot at a first impression.
> After allowing the radio to come up to room temperature, power was
> applied and lo and behold there's life in the new black box.
> First off, fit and finish seem to be constantly improving from the
> boys down south. There's no rattles, loose knobs or logos on sideways
> I especially liked the bag of goodies that came with the radio. Mic
> connectors, power cord, RS232 cable. computer interface cable, as
> well as all the pieces parts you need to get into the radio. That's a
> nice touch. I don't recall getting much more than a power cord when I
> purchased my FT-897.
> The welcome letter signed by Scott and Stan both surprised and
> impressed me.
> Ok, on the air time...
> Since I've had the Jupiter and Argonaut VII, I figured operation of
> the Omni VII would be very much the same. It is..
> The encoders will take a bit to get use to.
> And saints be praised!!! I can turn down the audio without lowering
> the CW sidetone.. I sure wish the Argonaut V would do that!!!
> While the 40 meter band is noisy and somewhat dead, a few CW contacts
> were made. A few menu changes got the sending to where I think it
> should be (to my ears)
> SSB proved somewhat difficult.
> Checking into MIDCARS, took several attempts as reports of extreme
> audio distortion were heard. Using an old Ten Tec mic that came with
> the scout, I had to turn the mic gain down to 3% to get good audio
> First nit to pick..
> I had the factory install the 500 Hz roofing filters.
> The radio did not see the filter. Looking through the menu, I had the
> auto filter turned on, but still no filter.
> Just about ready to call the factory when I decided to read the
> manual. Seems you must enable the filter too. I did and it works like
> it should.
> That filter should have been enable when the radio left the factory.
> I know, I know.. simple to do. Read the manual!!
> But think of the needless phone calls to the factory that would
> Looks like a keeper to me!
> Mike, WB8VGE
> SunLight Energy Systems
> The Heathkit Shop
> J e e p
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