There comes along every once in a while, and not nearly often enough, a rig
that surpasses expectations by wide margins. To me, the Omni VI is such a rig.
In my view it is worth far more, in terms of performance, than you would get
by selling it. I have an Omni VI Plus, and I purchased a K3 about a year ago.
Both are great radios.
The Omni VI is elegant in its simplicity of operation and suitability to
working CW. With a good compliment of filters one can work in close to big
pileups in a contest in a way that many even brand new rigs cannot match. As
someone once said, "They don't make them like that anymore."
The K3, on the other hand, is a modern marvel. It, too, is elegant in its
simplicity, at least on the surface. Underneath, however, there are many, many
more things to tweak and fiddle with than on the Omni VI. My main rig is the
K3, but I keep the Omni VI at the ready and use it often, and often in
contests, although I am not much of a contester.
My wife beat me over the head repeatedly before I finally relented and let her
buy me the K3 for my birthday. It was the big 70 so she just had to buy me
something significant. I finally relented and selected the K3. I've been very
happy with it, but I imagine I would also have been very happy just soldiering
on with my Omni VI for years to come.
I don't know anything about your other rigs, so I can't comment on the wisdom
of keeping or selling them. I do think, however, that down the road a few
years from now, you will be kicking yourself in the shins if you choose to sell
the Omni VI. Surely there must be a closet somewhere that you can store it for
the time being. You will also enjoy the K3, to be sure.
Just one guy's opinion, slanted toward the Ten-Tec because I have been using
Ten-Tec gear for 30 years or more, starting with the Delta 580, which I also
still have, and still use on occasion. If you can manage it, keep the Omni VI
and order the K3. You will enjoy both of them
----- Original Message ----
> From: jack User <email@example.com>
> To: Discussion of Ten-Tec Equipment <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Sent: Friday, September 25, 2009 6:13:54 PM
> Subject: Re: [TenTec] Any suggestions?
> you have a serious quandary John! i can't imagine selling any of them. i
> would store them myself. in fact i am doing just that with my 2nd Orion.
> i store it on the deks beside the first Orion!
> jack ak7o
> On Fri, 2009-09-25 at 16:33 -0400, John Rippey wrote:
> > Jim wrote:
> > "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. :-)"
> > I'm in the "thin the herd" mode myself,and am stymied. I have the
> > choice of storing or selling the following rigs: (1) OMNI VI (option
> > 3); JRC JST-245; and (3) a Mark V Field. All of the rigs are fitted
> > with appropriate filters. Parting with any one of these has been
> > difficult, so I have done what any respectable ham would do under the
> > circumstances: nothing.
> > I'm primarily a CW op, but the JST-245 has provided all the oomph I've
> > needed
> > for occasional phone contests.
> > Question: Do I store them for a couple of years while I try to figure out
> > whether there's a ham shack in my future, or do I sell? If the latter, which
> > goes first?
> > 73,
> > John, W3ULS
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