[TenTec] In praise of older technology

Ken Brown ken.d.brown at hawaiiantel.net
Sat Feb 22 17:44:09 EST 2014

I remember when digital frequency readouts (the kind using an electronic 
counter, not the kind on a R-390) started appearing on ham gear. Most 
people (myself included) just had to have it. We never needed it before. 
There were easy enough reliable methods to make sure we stayed inside 
our band (or sub-band) limits, but for some reason it seemed like a 
digital display of our frequency became a necessity.


On 2/22/2014 11:14 AM, Mike Bryce wrote:
> I guess it was a year ago I put in a DDS replacement for the PTO. Rock solid. Dual VFOs, speed sensitive tuning, all kinds of goodies.
> I took it out and the analog PTO back in.
> Yep, it didn’t have the same feel. It (the DDS) made all kinds of noise when no antenna was connected.
> Sometimes, and this was one of them, older really is better
> Mike, WB8VGE
> SunLight Energy Systems
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> A man with one clock knows what time it is. A man with two clocks is never sure.

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