[TenTec] does anyone know ?

John Molenda cdistflatfoot at gmail.com
Thu Mar 31 15:38:27 PDT 2011

On 3/31/2011 6:14 PM, Stephen Cannon wrote:
> I have an Orion II and had the Ten Tec Service Department do the
> modification to bring the IF out on the spare jack in the back.  I works
> very nicely.
> In order to add a panadapter to the Orion II we first need to get a 9 MHz IF
> signal.  Then we need to install a buffer/amp to the signal before we send
> it to the panadapter.
> Following a method pioneered by Rick Williams VE7TK, that extracts the 9 MHz
> IF signal from the Orion II, I came up with a slight modification to that
> method that has the Z10000 buffer amplifier outside of the Orion II case and
> Paul Clinton (WD4EBR) obtained authorization from the Ten Tec Engineering
> Department that allows the Ten Tec Service Department to make the
> modifications inside the Orion II case.  This enables any Orion II owner
> that wants to add the panadapter capability to their Ten Tec Orion II to do
> so in (what is to the owner) a solder-less manner, that does not compromise
> warrantee.  Just send their Orion II in to the service department for a
> quick factory authorized modification, order an assembled enclosed Z10000B-U
> buffer amplifier from Clifton Labs (with 0 dB gain), a couple coax jumpers,
> a panadapter, a serial cable.  Upon receiving the Orion II back from Ten Tec
> just hook everything back up, plus the few simple external connections I
> sketched this out in an attachment that I will email to you separately and
> then you are operational.  The SpectraVue software is already designed to
> interface with the Orion II via the SDR-IQ or SDR-14 for those wanting to
> use the RFspace SDR as a panadapter for their Orion II radios.  Operating a
> radio without a panadapter feels like you are flying blind and you miss so
> much.
> Stephen AD7TD
> -----Original Message-----
> From: John Molenda
> Hello all , I own a TT Orion II and I would like to hook up the winradio
> Excalibur to it for a pan adapter display . Does anyone know if TT is making
> the mod for people who ask to bring the IF out to the back of the radio so a
> sdr can be used as a pan adapter ?  thanks John kb2huk
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Thanks very much Steve thats what I was wanting to hear .  John

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