[TenTec] Re: Contesting

John brazos at rochester.rr.com
Thu Jun 10 08:33:08 EDT 2004

Joe HT ???    Hi  Hi
----- Original Message -----
From: "Bill Tippett" <btippett at alum.mit.edu>
To: <tentec at contesting.com>
Sent: Thursday, June 10, 2004 7:14 AM
Subject: [TenTec] Re: Contesting

> W4BQF wrote:
>  >Isn't SDR just a marketing term used to confused the under informed to
> make them think they are getting something wonderful?
>          I think you hit the nail on the head Tom.  A more recent example
> of such marketing hype
> is "DSP".  If you look at much of the marketing hype from manufacturers,
> you'll see all sorts
> of crowing about 24-bit ADC's and DAC's, 32-bit floating point DSP's,
> multiple processors
> running at who knows how many GHz...yada, yada, yada.  WOW...I'm
> impressed...NOT!
>          What you won't see is true performance metrics such as IMD and
> that are important
> to contesters or low-band DX'ers who tend NOT to be swayed by hype as much
> as Joe HT.  It's
> truly a sad commentary on the technical state of amateur radio that many
> hams today fall for
> all this marketing hype, paying outrageous money for radios that are
> actually quite mediocre,
> but it's a free country and that's their right.
>          Thanks to Ten-Tec and Elecraft for demonstrating that not all of
> us are brain dead
> appliance operators who believe all the marketing hype bombarding us these
> days.
>                                                  73,  Bill  W4ZV
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