[TenTec] In praise of older technology AM transmit with TenTec rigs
wa4njy at yahoo.com
Thu Feb 27 11:22:16 EST 2014
The Eagle seems to be a Ferrari with roll-up windows.
The OMNI VII (had one) is a Mustang with nice options.
Best analogy I can muster now.
From: R. Eric Sluder-W9WLW <resluder at yahoo.com>
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Sent: Thursday, February 27, 2014 10:32 AM
Subject: Re: [TenTec] In praise of older technology AM transmit with TenTec rigs
You won't find a simpler rig to use that rates high on Rob's list for receiver performance, and that is the Eagle. It's so simple, that when I got mine I actually went through "Knob Withdrawal" in that I started second guessing if I made the right decision. You look at the radio, and it does what you want it to do, but has so few buttons or knobs that you ask yourself, "did I over pay for this box?" It just goes to show you how programmed we've become with the marketing hype in Ham Radio.
The Eagle isn't for everyone, but it's a great mobile, or great home based radio if you realize, it's not designed to be a contest class radio even though the receiver is contest class grade. It's a top notch radio inside a box with simple controls for those who might use it in an RV, or mobile in a car, and for rag chewers, general ops. IMO
- R. Eric Sluder
> From: Brian Carling <bcarling at cfl.rr.com>
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>Sent: Thursday, February 27, 2014 7:23 AM
>Subject: Re: [TenTec] In praise of older technology AM transmit with TenTec rigs
>The Omni VII discussion is very informative. I need encouragement when it comes to accepting the ergonomics of most modern rigs. The FT450 felt like I was burned with its horrible menu system. I actually prefer the FT857D... But anything like the TS590 is just not going to work here. The OMNI VII arrangement sounds far more practical than most menu controlled rigs.
>Best regards - Bry Carling AF4K
>> On Feb 27, 2014, at 6:31 AM, Richards <jrichards at k8jhr.com> wrote:
>> On 2/26/2014 6:13 PM, R. Eric Sluder - W9WLW wrote:
>> I see where even on the new and highly touted TS-590 you do some serious button pushing too.
>> I have a TS-590 and the Omni VII in my shack.
>> I like both radios, but I prefer operating the
>> Omni VII. It is not so much the multiple pressing
>> of buttons, as the fact the display only shows
>> one menu item at a time, so you either press
>> several buttons to adjust several things, or you
>> must work the multi knob and scroll through like
>> 87 or more items sequentially to get what you want,
>> which is NOT as quick and easy as looking at a
>> list of 18 or 19 items at once, and quickly scrolling
>> to the one you want. Remembering the menu item
>> numbers on the 590 is not as easy as just looking
>> at a menu list and seeing what you want among
>> the rest all at once. (hard to describe...hopefully
>> you get the gist. )
>> menu item at a time
>> I will send Brian a comparison piece I wrote
>> that compares how stuff gets done with each
>> rig and maybe that will help him judge for
>> himself. It IS a valid inquiry!
>>> The single tree menu in the Omni VII software is sweet.... you're not trying to go thru layers of menu settings.
>> Amen. The only way to get that sort of
>> convenience in setting features is to use
>> the ARCP-590 software. I really like the
>> Omni VII simple menu when I am in a hurry
>> like during a contest or when trying to catch
>> rare DX before the pile ensues, and I find
>> the Omni VII menu way easier to navigate in
>> a hurry like that. You have to use the ARCP
>> software to get anything close to a single
>> menu. The 590 has like 87 menu items
>> and the Omni VII about half that number
>> with 18 or 19 showing at any one time.
>> I like both radios, but the Omni is easier to
>> run, I think, than the 590.
>> The Omni VII buttons are larger, with more space
>> between them. The features you change most
>> encircle the main display. The concept is easy.
>> You press the feature you want, and adjust it with
>> the Multi Knob. That is the basic plan... select
>> and adjust. If you want to adjust another feature,
>> just select it by pressing its front panel button
>> and adjust the value with the multi knob.
>> Once you get onto that procedure, it all sorta works
>> the same way. (OK... there might be an exception
>> or two, but that is the gist of the process.)
>> Just MY take.
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