[TenTec] FW: 565 Orion v2.0 firmware released to beta

Carl Moreschi n4py at arrl.net
Thu Aug 25 19:47:52 EDT 2005

There are at least 20 people that I know of doing the Orion version 2 beta

Carl Moreschi N4PY
Franklinton, NC
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Chuck Gerarden" <cgerarden at atomix.com>
To: <tentec at contesting.com>
Sent: Thursday, August 25, 2005 6:50 PM
Subject: Re: [TenTec] FW: 565 Orion v2.0 firmware released to beta

> Who on this reflector actually thinks and believes there is a large
> network of Beta testers that are testing version 2.0 software for
> ORION I? I would agree there are probably a number of people testing the
> Orion II.  Call me cynical, but O I owners are going to be left twisting
> in the wind. Oh sure they can take the latest 1.372 ( or what ever the
> last release was ) and slap a 2.0 on it , but an actual an improvement
> in the interface speed and and real bug fixes are probably not possible
> due to processor limitations. Face it, O I was an experimental radio and
> O I owners are the test subjects. O2 has the hardware that supports what
> they said the radio  could really do. My O I works except for occasional
> crashes or lockups, but I will not be upgrading to O II. Actions speak
> louder than words and I am waiting for that action that TT has promised
> for O I  owners ( actually I don't think TT has promised anything more
> for O I owners, some people on the list just think O II technology will
> fix O I defects. seems we have list members making promises for TT!!!)
> Chuck
> >Also, I would contend that beta testing an Orion requires considerably
> >technical expertise than testing a release of AOL's software. How many
> >owners out there have spectrum analyzers, oscilloscopes, frequency
> >etc., and know how to use them? How would the average Orion owner react
> >significant problems with a beta test version? IMHO, not well.
> >Dick's Right. After all, how many Hams who spend $3000+ on a rig know how
> >use, let alone own a frequency counter, or an oscilloscope?  I'm sure
> >tools are constantly being used by the valiant Beta Testers struggling
> >against insurmountable odds to evaluate the latest version of a software
> >upgrade on a hardware platform that will not be changed.
> >I certainly cannot speak for all "average" Orion owners, but I know that
> >my life, when faced with significant problems, I have found that kicking
> >dog, sucking my thumb, and hiding in the closet seem to help.
> >Thank you Dick for protecting me from myself.  If I were a Beta Tester, I
> >might do something wrong, and have to do a Master Reset on the Orion,
> >without a spectrum analyzer, I would not have the technical expertise to
> >perform, and would have to send the rig back to the factory.
> >I propose that since Dick is clearly so much more qualified than the
> >"average" Orion owner, he implement and promulgate standards and
> >for Beta Testers.  Of course, with such work and responsibility, I think
> >should give Dick in the recognition he has so obviously earned.  I think
> >should all recognize him for what he is, a Master Beta Tester.
> Paul Rubin N8NOV
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