No, you didn't miss a thing. My original point was that:
1) My Omni VI+'s have a 1/8" jack on the rear panel that supports the internal
keyer with the paddle of your choice
2) The Eagle has a 1/8" jack on the rear panel that supports the internal keyer
with the paddle of your choice
3) The Orion II appears to have 1/8" jack on the rear panel that supports the
internal keyer with the paddle of your choice
4) The Omni VII (my choice for other reasons) only has a 1/4" jack and it's on
the front panel to support the internal keyer. All connections at the rear
support only a straight key or an external keyer.
Because of the way that I like to run the cables at my operating position, if I
had a wish for the Omni VII that is different than built, it would be for a
1/8" jack on the rear panel that supports the internal keyer. Of course, I'll
run the cable under the rig and plug it into the front. That's a small price to
pay to have the 302 tuner/keypad and a few other features I'm looking forward
Yes, I know that I could do some modification. Rewiring would be a snap. I just
don't care to drill the rear panel. That makes it a user-modified rig. My
I guess I wasn't clear on my first e-mail. I hope this helps everyone to
understand where this part of the thread started. I really do appreciate all
the guys attempts to help, but pointing out a connection for an external keyer
did not address the original premise.
If I like the Omni VII as much as I think I will, then my second Omni VI+ will
go and my backup rig will be an Eagle. It's a fantastic deal. Just not to my
quirky liking for the primary rig.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Ray Sills" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "Discussion of Ten-Tec Equipment" <email@example.com>
Sent: Friday, December 24, 2010 10:59:42 AM
Subject: Re: [TenTec] New Eagle vs. Used Omni VII
In looking at the photos of the Eagle on Ten-Tec's site... I -only-
saw a key jack on the rear of the radio... nothing on the front. Did
I miss the point? The only jacks I see on the front are the 8-pin
mic jack, and the 1/4" headphone jack.
I don't have a photo of the Omni to compare.
The photos of the Eagle are really nice. I bet they are life size
73 de Ray
On Dec 23, 2010, at 10:46 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> Once again, the point is missed. There is a lead on the accessory
> jack if I wanted to just use a straight key or an external keyer.
> We covered that earlier. Let me try this again:
> I WOULD LIKE TO USE THE INTERNAL KEYER. IT IS WHAT I DO ON MY OMNI
> THAT IS ONLY SUPPORTED FROM THE FRONT PANEL. I KNOW I CAN DRILL A
> HOLE AND MOUNT A 1/8" STEREO JACK ON THE REAR PANEL TO DO THIS. I
> DON'T WANT TO DRILL THAT HOLE!!!
> I SAID IN MY FIRST E-MAIL THAT I KNOW I'M ANAL. NONE OF THE ANSWERS
> ADDRESS THE ORIGINAL THOUGHT.
> Now that I've had that rant, I'll just plug the key into the front
> panel using a right-angle 1/4" stereo plug. It'll work fine and
> I'll be happy with it. Yes, I am a ham. I've built, modified and
> repaired a lot of equipment. So There!!! I was just stating a wish
> for the future.
> As for the remark that it isn't difficult to disconnect and rerun
> the cable from the front jack, this is a stereo jack. I'd have to
> use both spare RCA jacks to do that. One for dit, and one for dah,
> and color code the 2 cables so I always got them in the right
> jacks. NO THANKS
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