[TenTec] In praise of older technology

Mike Bryce prosolar at sssnet.com
Sun Feb 23 12:36:07 EST 2014

Bob, and the group,

I have several Omni Vs here and it took a while for me to get the knack of using the dual VFOs for RIT operation. and for those of you that have never used an Omni V, there is no “RIT” on it 

The design was to use the dual VFOs as Bob described below.

Now that being said, Ten Tec brought back the RIT control on the Omni VI. 

But, having that large main tuning knob for RIT use (on the Omni V) sure beats twisting that little RIT knob on the Omni VI.

Mike Bryce WB8VGE
prosolar at sssnet.com

On Feb 23, 2014, at 8:06 AM, Bob McGraw - K4TAX <RMcGraw at Blomand.net> wrote:

> Yes, different hearing will cause one to "tune in" a signal slightly different. Plus the absolute frequency as displayed can be +/- 50 Hz with most radios.   Thus if one chooses to set the radio, such their display is a specific number, there's no assurance the radio is absolutely on that frequency.  If you challenge this point, try the ARRL Frequency Measuring test that takes place later this year.
> I find it MUCH easier to operate SPLIT in a round table QSO.  Set the frequency of one VFO where you think it should be, press the =  to make VFO A = VFO B and just tune to station to station as your ears so choose.  I find that much easier than operating with the RIT function, which operationally on most radios is more of a nuisance.  Plus one likely forgets it is ON and thus on the next QSO or NET you are likely "reported off frequency".
> Just remember in a NET, by normal practice, the net control establishes the net frequency.  Usually it is net frequency +/- QRM and there is no assurance that it will be on an absolute frequency with the number ending in several 00000's.
> 73
> Bob, K4TAX
> -

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