I have been "in the quest" for a better rig a while. I used the
Collins S Line from 1964-1987. Then I used a Kenwood 940 from
1987-2000 when I went to the FT1000D.
As I got more serious about DX and casual contesting, I found the
1000D front end was overloaded by S9+ signals when I was 1 KHz or
so away from an S3 or less station.
I added the INRAD roofing filter to the 1000D and did a couple of
other mods. These helped some, but I still had some overload.
Having listened to some of the new rigs, I wanted a quieter
After some searching, research (looking at Sherwood's performance
figures), talking to expert contesters, old friends, IC-7800,
FTDX-9000, and K3 users, I settled on the Orion 2.
I have experienced optimal performance in contests and pileups.
No overload, swamping, etc. With all the filters, I can cut out
any adjacent signal and copy the RTTY, or CW signal FB. I am
adding Larry's LP-PAN from Telepost so I can "see" the spectrum
in more detail.
If you don't have to have dual receive, talk to W2NRA about his
Omni VII. I looked back at the Ten-Tec demo list and do not see a
"demo" Omni VII listed. With the VII I believe you will get the
current state of the art receiver performance.
The other reasonable choice would be the Orion 1 (565) if you
just have to have a second receiver.
You will get differing opinions on using a second receiver. I use
mine mainly in pile ups where the DX station is listening 3-25
KHz up. I go listen "up" with the second receiver for a clear
While I am not a big scorer in contesting, I am at 341 countries
(entities) accomplished since 2001 with lots of absent time due
to business travels.
It is great fun to "keep looking for new ones." I only made 10
contacts in the Ukraine DX contest last weekend (with no DX on
Sunday morning), but got a new one! So you never know where that
"next new one is lurking."
If you have a tribander up 40 ft, and a small amp, you can get to
300 countries in a relatively short time...assuming we get even a
few sun spots! Hihi!
Take care & 73s,
----- Original Message -----
From: "John Huffman" <email@example.com>
To: "Discussion of Ten-Tec Equipment" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Wednesday, July 02, 2008 11:15 AM
Subject: Re: [TenTec] Looking for a rig upgrade...
> Lou -
> All the radios you listed would be very nice mid grade
> Here's my reaction based on my experience with Ten Tecs.
>> My key requirements are
>> 1) PC interface for logging
> Omni VI (option 1-3 and plus) has only basic computer
> interface, but
> does logging fine. Pegasus, Jupiter, Orion, Omni, all have an
>> 2) Quality... I don't want to keep woking on the radio or
>> having it repaired
> Any radio can have problems. But, if needed, ease of service
> important. I have been very pleased with Ten Tec service in
> terms of
> price, quality and turn-around time.
>> 3) Receive quality.... doen't have to have the best receiver,
>> but don't wnat to get tired of listening to it.
> Jupiter and Pegasus are a step below the other Ten Tecs, but
> easy to
> listen to. Don't rely on a chart like the Sherwood chart.
> It's just
> one piece of information. I have a non-Ten Tec radio that
> scores very,
> very high on the chart. But, has somewhat hissy audio and is
> tiring to
> listen to. If you just do PSK with audio off, never mind.
>> 4) Stand up to some contesting. I am not a hard core
>> contester, but I have operating during a few contests and
>> enjoyed it.
> All will do well with "some" contesting. Competitive
> contesting needs
> Omni VI, Omni VII, or Orion.
> My advice is to get a used radio from the Ten Tec factory. It
> has a 10
> day trial, 30 day warranty, and 30 day full upgrade allowance.
> bend over backward to help make sure you are satisfied.
> You would be happy with a Jupiter. An Omni VI upgrade would
> satisfy you
> for a long time. Orion requires a lot of investment in time to
> learn to
> use the radio correctly.
> 73 de K1ESE
>> Any thoughts?
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