You make an excellent point, Martin. A rig is a very personal item, so each of
us have our look-and-feel issues.
I, too, was surprised that the reviewer dwelled on the VHF aspects. It would
be interesting to see someone who was primarily an HF operator/contester/DXer
share his observations about the capabilities and limitations of the K3. I'm
sure that they are out there.
To each his own choice of bands and modes, but I think that the design of the
K3 inherits from the K2, likely with the HF operator in mind, so I and others
no doubt would not consider these perceived weaknesses as such.
I like the idea that Elecraft has the 222 MHz band covered with their
transverter, and may buy one to enjoy the weak-signal opportunities on that
band in the future. I love my Omni VI+ and can't really see an Orion in the
future, but am definitely considering the K3. But I promised myself that I
wouldn't buy any more radios until I thin the herd in the shack. :-)
73 de Jim - AD6CW
> That's an interesting K3 review, but I don't see what it
> has to do with the
> Orion or any Ten-Tec product. He spends most of his
> ink taking down the
> memory and scanning features (non-features) of the
> K3. OK. That will be
> important to some people, but it's probably not a killer
> for most users, who
> are HF or weak signal VHF/UHF types, I bet.
> Human factors are personal. No surprise that a small
> front panel is not as
> user friendly as a large one -- other things being
> equal. Some of us have
> problems with the Orion style, even so. Lots of
> button pressing for
> commonly used functions. Of course, you get used to
> it. On the other hand,
> Orion actually gets criticized for being so big and having
> so much empty
> volume inside. Go figure.
> The one on-topic item is that other vendors have their
> firmware feature
> update issues, too.
> 73 Martin AA6E
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