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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: VHF/UHF+ Amateur Base/Mobile (non hand-held) | GE/Ericsson/MACom/ Harris Orion Help

Reviews Summary for GE/Ericsson/MACom/ Harris Orion
Reviews: 2 Average rating: 5.0/5 MSRP: $(missing—add MSRP)
Description: Mobile transceiver 40 or 100 watts. Available on VHF Lo, VHF Hi, UHF, 800, 900, and can even be modified for 220
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WB8VLC Rating: 5/5 Jul 22, 2016 20:52 Send this review to a friend
excellent, all models 10 meter to 440 Mhz including 220 MHz  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have various Ge and MaCom branded orions for 10M, 6M, 2M, 220 MHz and 440 MHz and these are simply excellent radios.

I performed and documented the first 220 mod to these radios and it is simply one of the best 220 radios I ever used.

It comes in head to head comparison with my 220 MHz GE RANGR with it's hamflashed S990 control head but I still prefer the Orion 220 MHz model.

Similarly I have 10 meter, 6 meter 2 meter and 440 MHz orions and the sister GE RANGR models in the same band splits but all RANGR's have hamflashed S990 heads but I still prefer my nice compact reliable Orions.

After 9 years of almost daily use with my orion radio stacks I have never had an issue with anyone of these great radios.
K6ZRX Rating: 5/5 Jun 13, 2015 21:09 Send this review to a friend
Versatile radio with many configuration options  Time owned: more than 12 months
These radios are simply one of the best mobile radios I have ever seen. You have many options on how to physically configure your system. Two radios can be controlled by one control head, with each radio operating independent form the other. Control head option include a basic "scan" head, a full keypad "systems" head or a hand held control unit which is a combination mic and control head with full keypad. The HHCH makes for an easy installation of a dual band commercial radio in modern cars.

The programming cable is a simple DB-37 to DB-9 cable with no level converter necessary. The radios handle RS-232 levels. The programming software allows you to save "frequency sets" that can be used with other models of radio (other mobiles like the M7100 or HT's like the MP-A or P7100), saving large amounts of time when programming.

With the TX power of a 100 watt radio turned down to around 75, they handle ham duty cycle well. Modification to ham use are simple with only the need to adjust the VCO on some models. 35-50 model takes a little playing with the low pass filter for good operation on 6 meters. TX power is set in software, not the little pot on the PA, so don't touch it! Many models are narrowband capable, and sometimes you get lucky and find one with digital.

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