The first thing I noticed about the Yaesu FTdx101D

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  1. KE9HS

    KE9HS Ham Member QRZ Page

    I just received a new FTdx101D to replace my old Drake TR5 which was showing it's age :). Yes, there is a learning curve on this rig. But after several weeks of reading the manual and playing with the control, everything starts to fall into place and you really start to enjoy it. I had several question sent to Yaesu customer support by email and was surprised how quickly they answered the questions.

    One thing I noticed right off about the FTdx101D was captured in the most recent article in QST about Big Brother FTdx101MP, "your station should be well lighted to see the controls" light 1.jpg light 2.jpg . In an average lighted room, most controls are hard to see. I even kept a flashlight to read the writing on the small controls, even in daytime. The controls are easy to read when you shine a light directly on them, but I did not want a brightly lit room while on during the night.

    I worked out a solution by going to Office Depot and found this very thin led light that attaches to the table. There are several bends you can point the light at the best angle which creates no glare to the eyes at night. I never need any additional light at night to see the controls. The thin light hardly puts out any heat and the small transformer is at the plug.
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  2. K8XG

    K8XG Ham Member QRZ Page

    I have something like that lite on a goose neck on all my radio and computer tables when I need to see something at my now older age than I expected to be at, Hi Hi
  3. KU4X

    KU4X Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Have you been able to discern any RF interference generated by the light or its wall-wart?

  4. KE9HS

    KE9HS Ham Member QRZ Page

    When you get real old like me, RTTY and digital is great for the hard of hearing lol.
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  5. KE9HS

    KE9HS Ham Member QRZ Page

    RF--This one has the very small transformer built it in where you plug in. I have not detected noise on this one. I have had read about the larger ones doing it.
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  6. KN1M

    KN1M Ham Member QRZ Page

    Setting another piece of gear on top of a brandy new jillion buck rig makes me queasy, but---whatever.
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  7. W7UUU

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

    So .... does driving a new car in the rain or on a dirt road have the same response?

    It's just a metal box.... why be queasy over setting a lighter metal box on it if not covering key ventilation etc. which does not appear the case?

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  8. KE9HS

    KE9HS Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yea, eventually I will build a shelf on the table. My main concern now is spilling coffee on the controls ;). You should of seen my first novice rigs back in 1972. Both had rust marks on the top and sides.
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  9. KN1M

    KN1M Ham Member QRZ Page

    Just the potential for permanent marks that gets me and I am far from a neat freak.
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  10. K8XG

    K8XG Ham Member QRZ Page

    If you must , put a Micro Fiber Towel between those devices siting on each other if you must... yes that works...
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