OMNI-VII is the first truly Net-Ready ham transceiver. No PC required at the rig to operate remote! Locate your OMNI-VII anywhere you have wideband Internet access. Simply connect its built-in Ethernet port to your router with our exclusive One Plug connection. Delivers live receive AND transmit operation from anywhere else in the world from another wideband Internet access! A simple GUI (Graphical User Interface) written for the OMNI-VII is available for download at no charge from our firmware update website. That’s not all: the latest GUI source code (written in Visual Basic) and complete programming instructions can be downloaded to build your own GUI.
The HF NOW package includes: a Omni VII with auto tuner, power supply, desk microphone, 100 feet of RG8X coax, a G5RV antenna, demo video and free shipping.
New and demo TEN-TEC equipment purchased directly from TEN-TEC in the U.S. is warrantied parts and labor for 12 months from date of purchase. This warranty is extended only to the original purchaser. Purchaser pays inbound shipping to us for warranty repair, we pay shipping to return the repaired equipment to you by UPS ground service or equivalent to the continental USA and Canada. Alaska, Hawaii and outside U.S. and Canada actual return shipping cost paid by owner. The warranty exception is for the model 238C antenna tuner which is warranted for three years parts and labor, under these same terms. The model R4020 and R4030 transceivers are covered by a one year replacement warranty. Used equipment sold by TEN-TEC is warrantied for 30 days, parts and labor, under these same terms.
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Posted by James - K8JHR on 4th Oct 2011
The Omni VII is an excellent radio, well thought out, easy to operate, with intuitive and straight-forward, single level, feature menu. Very quiet, excellent receiver. Super transmit audio quality. You can adjust audio EQ and add AF compression, but I often receive unsolicited compliments on my transmit audio using good quality headset microphone and the default audio settings.
While this radio manifests a departure from the way other radios work, once you get on to it, it is extremely easy and straight-forward to operate. The single-level menu, and minimal front panel controls, simplify access to all options and settings, allowing quick and easy adjustment of all settings - especially during a contest or when working a weak station under difficult conditions. Some operators used to other radios may balk when first using this radio, but there is a very short, worthwhile learning curve, and the result is worth the effort.
Its RF-Gain control has the widest effective range of any radio I have This makes it much easier to use, similar to the way a band-spread or fine tuning knob makes it easier to tune to a particular frequency. This allows the operator to drill down to the point where signal-to-noise ratio is best - you set AF gain up a bit, and adjust RF-gain downward until the noise drops out, but the desired signal remains. This result is more difficult to accomplish on many other radios, because the range of the RF-Gain control is substantially more narrow and compressed, including many Kenwood rigs, such as my older R-5000 receiver, and my newer TS-590s transceiver which is supposed to have superior receiver specifications, but the Omni VII separate the signal from the noise with greater ease.
I appreciate the receive-only antenna input, because I often use a magnetic loop or other type of receive-only antenna. The multiple DSP roofing and noise reduction filters filters are quiet, effective, and free from unwanted ringing or other digital artifacts.
The radio has a useful single-sweep spectrum analyzer / band scope that graphically displays signals on the band surrounding the operating frequency. This is very useful, especially during a contest - to either search for another station to contact, or to find an unused frequency to use.
The radio can be controlled by various computer software applications, and I prefer the one by produced by N4PY to control the Omni VII, and to control a separate Ten-Tec RX-320D as a second receiver. The software includes a spectrum analyzer, band scope, for either the Omni VII or the RX-320D, which can be used as a "panadapter" of sorts. The RX-320D continuously scans a portion of the band, and the software graphically displays a spectrum analyzer depicting activity on the scanned frequencies. I point and click on this spectrum display to automatically tune the Omni VII. No special equipment or modification of the radio is required to do this, which is very cool and very convenient.
I am very pleased with my purchase and would recommend this radio to a friend.
/// James - K8JHR ///
Posted by Randy Potts/N4RAN on 2nd Oct 2011
I have had my Omni VII 1 year now and am completely satisfied with this transceiver.The ease of operation and simplified menu make this radio a joy to operate. The receiver is remarkable in capability to handle noise and reduce adjacent interference. The DSP noise reduction and notch filtering work superbly. The display size and colors are very comforting to the eyes. The TX and RX filtering is a very valuable asset to my needs and style of operation. I highly recommend this transceiver to any and all that are looking for a new experience in amateur radio!
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