(Not very important) things you hate in contemporary radios

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by UT7UX, Nov 11, 2020.

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  1. UT7UX

    UT7UX Ham Member QRZ Page

    Let’s ragchew the things you hate however that most likely won’t be a deal-breaker. In general I mean desktop HF radios but please feel free to expand discussion to all hamgear.

    For example I really hate non backlit keyboard on some radios. :mad:
    YO3GFH, K4AGO, N2HUN and 1 other person like this.
  2. WF7A

    WF7A Subscriber QRZ Page

    DVI connectors on the back of rigs instead of HDMI.
    WB3EYB, NL7W, PU2OZT and 2 others like this.
  3. WC5P

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    Multi purpose buttons. For example, short push does one thing, long push does something else.
    NL7W, F8WBD, N2HUN and 7 others like this.
  4. WL7PM

    WL7PM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Many modern rigs FAIL to include a FRONT PANEL CW KEY JACK in the correct 1/4" phone format.
    NL7W, K4AGO, N2HUN and 10 others like this.
  5. KA0HCP

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    Subdued painted labels for buttons (Glaring at you Icom!).
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  6. AF2Z

    AF2Z Ham Member QRZ Page

    I hate the combination of one big central LCD display with physical controls scattered around the rest of the front panel. As often as not, in order to see the result of a button push or control setting you have to dart your eyes half way across the LCD display to watch the resultant status. Operating a modern rig is basically a workout in rapid eye movement. It's what makes operating an old rig so satisfying: the AGC switch is its own indicator; same for NB, NR, Notch, etc.

    I guess a touch screen solves that problem. Still, I like physical controls.
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  7. WA4ILH

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    RJ type connectors. (CAT-5 or telephone type modular connectors) I don't think I am particularly rough in handling cables on my rigs but I have had several modular type cables pull out from the connector. Both on ICom and Kenwood rigs. Not a big deal but it is annoying.
    Tom WA4ILH
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  8. W7UUU

    W7UUU Super Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    Simple commonly needed features (RF output level as an example) buried in cryptic menus, with stupid seldom-needed stuff (squelch knob) right smack on the front panel, but you never use it.

    N2EY, F8WBD, KE5OFJ and 13 others like this.
  9. WZ7U

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    My main complaint is fragility. Why is everything so damned delicate?
    KB1MCT, F8WBD, KA4DPO and 5 others like this.
  10. W4NNF

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    I hate 3.5mm jacks on radios. I suppose it's to save space internally. I'm looking at my 7300 with its pitiful litle earphone jack. The 7610 sitting next to it has standard 1/4-inch phone plugs. There's no space saving on the front panel, but some inside no doubt.
    KA4DPO, PU2OZT, W0FS and 4 others like this.

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