Tough decision, Frank,
I have a used Omni VII on the way. It won because:
1) I gotta have the remote tuning pad. I've got them on my Omni VI+'s and love
them. With keypad and 3 function keys, it's a must
2) 2 transcieve and 1 rcv only antenna. Have no rcv only at this time, but my
6-meter beam is a separate animal and that's just too convenient
3) FSK - It may be on the Eagle, but I didn't see it on the TenTec site specs
4) More IF filter options (on the other side, the Eagle has 127 DSP vs the Omni
5) Cooling fan for RTTY (not sure how this plays out with the Eagle, but I do
want to contest on RTTY so need long duty cycle)
The biggest thing I saw for the Eaqgle is the key jack on the rear panel. My
Omni D has it on the rear. My Omni VI+'s have it on the rear for the internal
keyer. Why, oh why does the Omni VII have it on the front, and a 1/4" monster
at that. Now I've got to get a right angle plug. Yeah, I could wire one to the
rear panel, but why??? (So, how anal am I, anyway)
Those were my personal quirks. Just give you something to think about. Your
operating style may dictate the Eagle. Either way, you'll have a great rig.
As for the better dynamic range. Here's another anal point for me. It's a
number that I don't think I can hear. Probably won't miss a QSO because of it.
Also, have an idea I may try to remote the thing when I'm on vacation.
Good luck with your decision
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Wednesday, December 22, 2010 8:28:32 AM
Subject: [TenTec] New Eagle vs. Used Omni VII
Fellow Ten Tec admirers,
I'm torn between a new Eagle and a used Omni VII.
I do mostly casual operating, get on contests only to make contacts (never to
compete), operate 160 to 6, do mostly CW and PSK, with some SSB and RTTY. I'm
thinking about trying remote operation just to see if I can catch a band
opening during my lunch hour at work.
The Eagle has 10 dB more dynamic range narrow spaced, but the sensitivity is
about the same on both rigs.
Does anyone have experience or opinions about which is the better rig? I
realize that I'd need to operate them for myself, but short of buying them
both, that probably won't happen.
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