[TenTec] FW: 565 Orion v2.0 firmware released to beta
CATFISHTWO at aol.com
Thu Aug 25 19:05:04 EDT 2005
Silly me, I actually think Ten Tec, is going to address some of the issues
of the origonal Orion with the ver 2 upgrade . I am not a long time user of
TT equipment, but they have answered the phone, mailed what I ordered, and
answered my questions,.
It is also amazing how much better the Orion works as I gain experience with
it. Why I have not had to do a reset on it in 2 months, now thay I under
stand it better, I guess the Orion has a higher learning curve and is able to
figure out what I want now, as opposed to earlier. I know I am perfect so it
could not have been ME !!..
I guess we will have to see who is right, foolish me who thinks that Ten Tec
will continue to do the right thing, or the nay sayers on the list who feel
they are let down because TT made a new radio.. we shall see..
In a message dated 8/25/2005 3:51:41 P.M. Pacific Standard Time,
cgerarden at atomix.com writes:
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!!!)
>Also, I would contend that beta testing an Orion requires considerably more
>technical expertise than testing a release of AOL's software. How many Orion
>owners out there have spectrum analyzers, oscilloscopes, frequency counters,
>etc., and know how to use them? How would the average Orion owner react to
>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 these
>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 in
>my life, when faced with significant problems, I have found that kicking the
>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, which,
>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 practices
>for Beta Testers. Of course, with such work and responsibility, I think we
>should give Dick in the recognition he has so obviously earned. I think we
>should all recognize him for what he is, a Master Beta Tester.
Paul Rubin N8NOV
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