[TenTec] Orion I intermittent RIT/XIT

Ron Castro ronc at sonic.net
Wed Feb 18 11:59:11 EST 2009

John:  I had that same problem a few weeks ago on my Orion II and I found an 
old e-mail on the subject that you wrote in July of last year.  Did the same 
procedure and the problem went away!

         Ron  N6IE

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "John T. Fleming" <john at w3gqj.net>
To: "'Discussion of Ten-Tec Equipment'" <tentec at contesting.com>
Sent: Wednesday, February 18, 2009 6:30 AM
Subject: [TenTec] Orion I intermittent RIT/XIT

> Does anyone have an Orion I with an intermittent RIT/XIT control?  Mine 
> has
> become intermittent again and I am trying a new idea.  If yours is
> intermittent, I suspect the connector J8.  I have had my entire front 
> panel
> apart and examined the PC board and ALL connections look good.  I found 
> that
> if I apply pressure to the front of the case between the sweep button and
> the LCD display, the problem will cure itself.  Connector J8 is located
> behind this point.  Originally I noticed that pins 3 and 4 of J8 did not
> have any scratch marks from being plugged into connector J15.  I also
> noticed that my pins 3 and 4 were bent out of alignment.  I straightened
> them to align with the other pins.  This time I bent the pins a little
> further hoping to get more friction with the connector.  So now it is a
> waiting game to see if it fails again.
> If your rig is intermittent, please try applying pressure to the case
> between the sweep button and the display.  If it cures the problem, this
> helps to confirm that a marginal batch of connectors could be the source 
> of
> the problem.  I have no intention of replacing mine.  At 70, my eyes,
> fingers and dexterity ain't what it was as a kid!  I will just apply
> pressure a few times until I have a good connection again.
> 73,
> John
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