Interesting read... The soon to be available iCom IC-9100 has my
attention at the moment... But I won't be selling my Omni VI Plus to
acquire it, the VI Plus stays right where it is in my shack.
Martin Ewing wrote:
> On Fri, Sep 18, 2009 at 1:07 PM, Mark <email@example.com> wrote:
>> Sure many of you want to have issues fixed on their Orion through new
>> firmware, but the grass isn't always greener on the other side of the
>> I don't want to bash Elecraft ( I love them and own 2 K2's and XV144 and
>> XV50) but for those of you who want to trade their Orion for a K3, you
>> better read this first:
>> Why am I showing this news?
>> My friend has a K3 for 18 months too and he sure recognizes the
>> mentioned issues.
>> We have compared his K3 on 160m against my Orion on a few occasions.
>> Marginal differences in favor of the Orion.
>> But do I think about a K3? For VHF transverter use yeah, perhaps. For
>> HF, low bands?
>> Not in a million years.
>> Still the K3 is also a GREAT novelty in hamradio equipment.
>> Some love sheep, others love cows*
>> Both furry and tastefull :)
>> 73 Mark, PA5MW
>> * me likes pork
> 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.
> The Orion's memory operation is kind of weird, too. Does anyone use it for
> any good purpose? I've only used it to set up 60 M channels.
> 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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