[TenTec] RASCAL interface and the Orion 565

d.e.warnick at comcast.net d.e.warnick at comcast.net
Wed Oct 17 07:28:33 EDT 2012


You are 100% correct about the TenTec supplied cable for the FSK lead. The cable provided is the same as for the Omni VII. Unfortunately, when the Orion II was designed (I have both Orion II & Omni VII) the FSK lead was moved from pin 5 to pin 7 of the connector. This cost me a lot of time because I blindly trusted the supplied cable in setting up FSK operation of the Orion II. 

A call to TenTec was answered with a statement that the cable is a standard commercial product and that no 'correct' cable is available. So, the answer was to replace the connector on the supplied cable with the connector provided goodies bag that came with the Orion II and put the leads on the correct pins. It's do-able (my 68 year old eyes and shaky hands don't help) but is one of my very few rubs with TenTec. It's absurd to me that an 'incorrect' cable is supplied with transceiver in this price class. 




----- Original Message -----

From: "Rick W" <ve7tk at yahoo.ca> 
To: "Ten-Tec Reflector" <tentec at contesting.com> 
Sent: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 11:57:32 PM 
Subject: Re: [TenTec] RASCAL interface and the Orion 565 

Jack is correct the Orion AUX jack has output that can be used for AFSK .  FSK on the other hand is more of an issue.  If your friend is using the Ten-Tec AUX cable for FSK I'm afraid he's out of luck.  That cable does not bring out the FSK output.  He'll have to build up a new cable or perhaps purchase one from a 3rd party. 

I'm using a US-Interface Navigator and it keys the rig with the PTT on pin 3 and sends FSK on Pin 7 of the AUX jack.  It has it's own DIN connector and privides access to all pins on the Orion's AUX jack. 

Also, if your friend has an "early" 565 he may need to add a 10k pull up resistor between pin 7 of the AUX connector and pin 8 of the REMOTE jack.  



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Subject:Re: [TenTec] RASCAL interface and the Orion 565 
From:"k0bx at arrl.net" <k0bx at arrl.net> 
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Date:Tue, 16 Oct 2012 17:35:17 -0700 (PDT) 
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That is very good Jack, the problem is that I am not the owner of the Orion but 
my friend W0TT is.  I am trying to get him on RTTY. 
Maybe you could send me a note off line on what cables you are talking about? 
We do want to be able to use FSK and NOT AFSK.  And do CW without changing 
cables. Joe K0BX Stop the insanity! 
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From: jack <jfriend31 at comcast.net> 
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Sent: Wed, October 17, 2012 12:31:38 AM 
Subject: Re: [TenTec] RASCAL interface and the Orion 565 One does not need a Rascal for RTTY with the Orion. one can use the cables that 
came with Orion for RTTY direct to the computer. I have done exactly that for 
all the years I have had my Orions 565, mostly CW but MixW3 will do all modes 
just about with the above cable connections to computer. 
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