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Grouping buttons around the tuning knob - good or bad?

Discussion in 'Survey Center' started by N3EG, Dec 16, 2020.


Do you like function buttons around the tuning knob - FT-10/FT-DX101/TS-2000 style ?

  1. No, they are annoying/blocked by the knob/confusing

  2. Yes, they are convenient to use when tuning/easy to find/placed well

  3. Don't care where they put 'em.

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  1. N3EG

    N3EG Ham Member QRZ Page

    Lately Kenwood and especially Yaesu have been placing function buttons in a circular pattern around the tuning knob, and the FT-10 puts them right next to the knob. Some might think this makes the buttons easier to find and use, especially when staring at a computer or logsheet. I find them annoying and hiding behind the knob when not looking straight at the radio. What's your opinion?
  2. WL7PM

    WL7PM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Even BAD buttons are better than a touchscreen.
    K9DWB, KJ4KPW, N0NC and 2 others like this.
  3. PU2OZT

    PU2OZT Ham Member QRZ Page

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  4. W9WQA

    W9WQA Ham Member QRZ Page

    k w curved design looks dumb
  5. N3EG

    N3EG Ham Member QRZ Page

  6. N3EG

    N3EG Ham Member QRZ Page

    The IC-7300 touch screen is more reliable than my phone. Smartphones are another pet peeve of mine - I call them "sporks" because they do multiple things, and none of them well. Sometimes they even suck at making phone calls!
  7. WL7PM

    WL7PM Ham Member QRZ Page

    I am old school: I prefer buttons over velcro.
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  8. NN4RH

    NN4RH Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    I don't see why it would be a problem unless someone has very fat hands and tries to grab the whole tuning knob like a beer can. I think most people just use a finger or two on the edge, corner, or front dimple, of their main tuning knobs. There's no way to come in contact with any of the nearby buttons.

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