Well it looks like they may be starting to ship.http://groups.yahoo.com/group/orion565
I got back on the air after 15 years this summer. Just as I was going to order an Orion I, they announced the Orion II. It was a tuff decision, to wait, or just get the other choice, a Icom IC-756proIII. I might have lost interest if I would have waited for months. Very happy with the Icom, but I will keep tabs on how the Orion shakes out.