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A Video History of Ham Radio HF Rig Visual Design—Military to Modern

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by K8QS, Sep 14, 2020.

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  1. K8QS

    K8QS Ham Member QRZ Page

    Ham Radio Perspectives looks at how radio designers have tried to modernize the look of equipment from military rigs to the present. Quin (K8QS, aka "Dr. Q") and Tom (WA9TDD) show how manufacturers from Hallicrafters and National to Kenwood and Icom have sought to maintain the communications "function" through evolving visual "forms." Do all modern HF rigs look essentially the same now? What do amateur radio operators like and dislike about how rigs "look"? Join the conversation.
    KK4HPY, IK2AHG, N0TZU and 11 others like this.
  2. AJ6KZ

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    Oh, man, I came so close to closing the whole video after that opening.
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  3. K8QS

    K8QS Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thanks for our note. We're looking for feedback. What about the rest of the video? Quin, K8QS
  4. KI6VWS

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    An interesting, thoughtful and well-presented review of rig design influences and evolution, but I agree with the previous comment that the opening isn't cool. Lose that part and it's a real winner.
  5. K8QS

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    Great. We'll remove that section. Thanks much. Q
  6. AJ6KZ

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    Love the topic. I think a lot of engineering types would like to think they are all about function over form, but I will happily admit that I want both. And indeed, at some point form IS function.
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  7. KL7KN

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    I would suggest it is not necessary to watch you two guys talking to each other. Honest, YT has waaay too much face time for most vidss.

    It would allow for more screen space thus, better res for pjotos etc.

    Just my $0.02.
  8. KI7HSB

    KI7HSB Ham Member QRZ Page

    What'd I miss?
  9. K8QS

    K8QS Ham Member QRZ Page

    I wonder if the form shapes our perceptions of a radio -- looks matter -- even though we think about a rig in terms of its function (operation). At least this is true in consumer electronics. Q
  10. K8QS

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    You missed our first sponsor (fake): D-XXX factor, a pill to take for great DXing, etc. Just a spoof.

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