[TenTec] Orion Sweep,audio, etc...
k4qo at earthlink.net
Wed May 9 10:35:00 EDT 2007
For another side of the table, so to speak....
I find the latest version (2.060) a good performer. Stability using all
the functions of the radio without tiptoeing around the knobs is
important to me.
I use the sweep display constantly. I find it quite useful for a number
of reasons. It is an important feature for me. Could it be better? Of
course. Is it useless? Not by any stretch of the imagination.
I get excellent (unsolicited) transmitted audio reports, I have no
trouble getting the ALC light to indicate with an "inside voice" (mic
setting 40) and I have no trouble driving the Alpha. I don't use any
outboard audio treatments, my microphone has a Shure 444D element. (I'm
not into HiFiSSB, obviously.)
I use the internal keyer exclusively except in contests when I use the
logging program F keys to send the canned messages. I have had no
issues with the internal keyer.
I agree that the audio levels and the NR are different from the the
previous version slightly, but I find the NR does work under conditions
where it would be appropriate. It does work better with certain AGC
settings, generally slow time constants. I don't use it that much since
I control noise with the RF gain control.
TenTec has more to do with the various items on the bug/feature list,
but I think 2.060 a great step in the right direction. Several items
have be corrected already and I look forward to additional updates.
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