Ten-Tec Omni V upgraded with the N4PY V.9 controller chip

Below you will find some images of the rig in the shack and three demonstration movies, one of which shows a 15 minute QSO on 75 with Joe, KT2JDL. The rig performs fine on all bands and will output 100 watts to a 52 ohm dummy load or a well tuned antenna system. I'm including the Shure 527B mic which is in like new condition and produces very nice audio. I'm also including the RS-232 cable for rig control that has a DB-9 at one end and a DB-25 at the other.

 


 


 

 


 

Omni V.9 Demonstration Videos

Demonstration 75 meter QSO with KT2JDL

N4PY Upgrade Chip (to Omni VI)

100 watts out into 52 ohm dummy load

Other Information

Shure 527B (Mic with Omni V)

Omni V.9 Functional Differences (software)

Kenwood PS-53 PSU (optional if picking up)

Issues:

Missing small button for Noise Blanker

Was missing left front edge trim, but two new ones will be on the unit when it's shipped. I should be receiving those on Thursday.

Mods:

None that I'm aware of apart from N4PY chip addition. There are no strange wires or non stock holes anywhere inside.

Filters:

USB 2.4/1.8
LSB 2.4/1.8
CW .5

The optional filter bay is empty

Power Supply:

I have been using a 20 amp Kenwood PS-53, but buyer will need to find the four pin female power plug to attach to his PSU. Plus voltage goes to the top pin and minus voltage goes to the bottom pin. The two middle pins can be used for power on switching from the rig itself. If I deliver, the PSU goes for $90. It was originally $350 from Kenwood.

Software

I have tried Commander from DXLabsuite

http://www.dxlabsuite.com/commander/

I have not used it extensively, but it appears to work for the most part. All the features appear to work with the Omni V.9, but I had some problems with the chosen filters coming on at times. I'm sure it needs to be more carefully configured than I've had the time for.

Cosmetic Condition

Like most Ten-Tecs it has aged well. There are no dents or major scratches on the exterior that I'm aware of. The front panel is close to mint, I would guess. It's probably and 8 or 9 out of 10. The interior looks like it came out right out of the factory, but that's not unusual for Ten-Tec rigs. Again the only cosmetic issue is the missing button for the Noise Blanker. I've tried loads of buttons here off old test equipment and the like, but have not found anything suitable yet. It is hardly noticable and you can still push it in and out without the button.

Keyer

I have used it sucessfully with my Ten-Tec paddle and my K1EL keyer that I built in to the Ten-Tec paddle case. I used the 12 volts out from the Omni and and plugged right into KEY on the back panel.

Noise Blanker

Installed and working. It does help at times.

Shipping

The rig weighs about 16 lbs and it will probably be around 40 or 50 dollars to ship boxed up UPS or Fedex to most zips in the U.S. I can shop through the U.S. Postal Service as well. If you live within say, 200 miles to the east of Pittsburgh I could meet you half way to deliver. We are planning a fall trip to Gettysburg and could leave at any time.

Reason for Selling

I am on a retirement budget and need the money right now for some digital kits and the restoration of my KWM-2A and other boatanchors that have been waiting some time for attention. I've found that I now spend more time at the bench and less time on the air.

Payment

Through PayPal to my email address. PayPal will handle all major credit cards.

Contact

Jim Sorenson
419 Aderhold Road
Saxonburg, PA 16056

kjsorenson@gmail.com

Thanks for looking and please let me know by email if you are interested.

Jim
W3BH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bench at SU9AM

Shack at SU9AM in Cairo

Saxonburg - Christmas 2016

 

 

Demo at W3BH of the HP-3586B with an HP-3336B using the QRP Labs GPS receiver kit QLG1 and the QRP Labs Si5351A VFO/SigGen kit as an external frequency standard to measure radio signals off the air within 1 hz. This follows the FMT method developed by Burt, K6OQK which can be found here.

Full explanation of the setup here to follow.....

 


 

 

Carin II - Hurghada, Red Sea


Recovery of the Breitling Orbiter 3 (Egypt - 1999)

First manned circumnavigation of the globe by balloon

 

Jim Sorenson (W3BH/SU9AM)) at the landing site prior to joining Mel James (Brietling), Rami Siag (Siag Travel) and Sandra Simpson (K3DKA) to recover the Breitling Orbiter 3 in preparation for shipment to Cairo by air. My particular task was to navigate to the landing site from GPS coordinates given to us the previous day by Breitling. We had less than a day's notice before leaving by car from Cairo. There was one full intervening day between the time the balloon landed and the time we arrived on site. We were told the night before we were to leave by car for Dakhla Oasis, a 500 km drive.

 

Brian Jones (right) with Swiss pilot, Bertrand Piccard, circumnavigated the globe in the balloon, “Breitling Orbiter 3″, starting from Chateau d’oex in Switzerland and landing in Egypt, finally completing the journey in 19 days, 21 hours and 47 minutes. This picture was taken the day before we arrived to carry out the recovery.

 

Landing location on high plateau 520 kms as the crow files from Cairo.

I made this map from GPS points and labled it according to what I had put in my waypoint labels at the time.

 

Here we have just arrived in the morning approimately 48 hours after the balloon touched down and the crew had been lifted off by helicopter and flown to Cairo. The location is about 500 kms from Cairo deep in the desert near Dahkla Oasis. Our convoy consisted of 4 Siag Hotel Toyota landcruisers.

 

Me with Cameron R650 balloon fabric for the envelope. .

 

Jim looking out. The primary radio for all communications was an IC-706. It was the perfect radio for this application. They also had a variety of sat comms and state of the art ground sensing radar.

 

Lunch at recovery site with Sandra Simpson (K3DKA), Ramy Siag (President of Siag Travel and Hotels, and another Siag employee. By the time the 4 vehicles reached the landing site, there were no spare tires left due to the sharp limestone surface we econuntered. That afternoon spares were flown in by chopper from Cairo.

 

Sandra Simpson and Mel James (Breitling Representative). Notice "Rally of Egypt 1999" on the SUV behind. Siag hotels was that year's sponser for this major international offroad rally.

 

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This is the point where the drag rope first hit the sand. I later drove an iron stake deep in the hard sand here marking the location with my GPS. Notice the track from the circle out to where the gondola finally touched down. As you can see after it touched down it was dragged a bit to the left of center by the wind. The desert here appears appears flat, but they in fact they had landed on a high plateau which is completely surrounded by one steep escarpment over another. Even the Egyptian Army Reconaissance Department was unable to find a way up here and had to turn back after the first escarpment. The balloon pilots had been lifted off 48 hours earlier by helicopter and we were the only group to reach the landing site by off road access. Had they not landed here as they did, the consequences would have been disastrous. The entire area outside of this flat plateau, which is only a few miles across, consists of deep wadis, blind canyons and impassable sand dunes.

 

Sandra emerging from the top hatch of the gondola

 

This gives you some idea of surface over which we drove which destroyed one tire after another. We started from Dahkla Oasis on the desert floor and followed the old Long Range Desert Group trail up the first escarpment. The kilometer stone markers were still in place from WWII. To reach the top of the 2nd escarpment where the balloon landed, we made our way up slowly by trial and error. It is probable that no motorized vehicle had ever been there before and there were no tracks of any kind indicating so.

 

Yet another flat.

Ah, but we were able to resort to a wise old beduin desert trick of filling our tires with sand in order to get rolling again. Our Egpyptian drivers actually sat down and filled tire after tire with sand through the tire valves. They take a small sheet of paper and construct a funnel and then simply sit in the sand for hours until the tire is full. They earned a lot of extra bakshish for it of course.

 

Here is Sandra helping Egyptian Air Force techs to bleed off the gas canisters to make them safe for transport back to Cairo by helicopter. She's wearing her Padi Instructor diving shirt for the task, being quite familar with pressurized air tanks from her duties as the first ever woman Padi diving instructor to be certified in Egypt. There were also a number of large pressurized air tanks to be emptied as well.

 

After we arrived by SUV, Cameron Balloon personnel and Egyptian military technicicans showed up by helicopter to dismantle the gondola's 'roof rack' and to bleed off the pressurized tanks prior to transporting the gondola itself. We transported much of the gear on our roof racks back to Cairo before turning it over to the Swiss Embassy for export.

We set up the first night's camp below the second escarpment. It was March and still freezing, but we were prepared for it. As is the custom here, Rami's cook came along and we had a sumptuous outdoor meal riveling any that one might order in a first class hotel.

Sandra at sunset on the first day just before we set up camp.

 

 

In Dahkla we inquired at a local hotel if they knew of anybody who could lead us to the beginning of the track used by the Long Range Desert Group during WWII to reach the top of the first escaprment to the north. This little guy was on the steps of the hotel. No, he didn't take us there, but there was an old guy there who did.

 

We had to turn the gondola on its side to get at the equipment that was to be dismantled.

Intrepid Breitling recovery team Mel James, Sandra Simpson and Jim Sorenson

Sandra shows where the gondola first landed before it was dragged a few meters to the right.

Sandra taking a break

Mel starts to sort out lines while I try and figure out where to start on top without getting myself in big trouble. Eventually. after the Army arrived we had to turn the gondola on its side to make any headway with this mess.

Finally late in the afternoon a second helicopter arrives to lift the gondola to a local Egyptian airbase prior to its being carried by truck to Cairo. The copter also delivered enough new tires to get us back down the escarmpents and into Dhakla Oasis.

 

Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC

The missing oxygen bottles are still up on the plateau at the landing site and it may be some time before a desert explorer finds them and recovers them. As far as I know, outside of Breitling, I am probably the only person that has the exact GPS location of the landing site.

As a side note, we later learned that the balloon's computer had been removed from the gondola at some point after the pilots had been picked up and when we arrived about 48 hours later. The assumption was that Egyptian intelligence made a second trip to the site after the pilots had been recovered and confiscated it because they believed that it was in the interest of national security to do so. As we all know, governments are all very touchy about their air space and there was no time for Breitling to apply for and obtain the many many permits that would have been required to land such a vehicle and its pilots in Egyptian territory. We also heard that Brian Jones later quipped (after arriving back home) that it was tougher getting out of Egypt than it was circumnaviging the globe. Only the Swiss could have probably gotten away so clean as it was.