|Subject:||Re: [CQ-Contest] Lost leading 'dit' - summary|
|Date:||Thu, 04 Mar 2004 06:27:12 +0000|
>The Elecraft community is very hostile to suggested firmware changes, even if they are a good idea or can be done without changing whatever it is that they think is so important (like sending CW with the mic button).
Bill, I said "Elecraft community", not "Elecraft company".
Granted, Elecraft has a different situation than Ten-Tec with Orion because firmware cannot be uploaded via the Internet but must be supplied via new hardware, thus they seem to collect a number of issues before making major updates. BTW, how many firmware updates are available for the FT-1000MP?
One? Anyone with an early 847 knows Yaesu shouldn't have CPUs in the
radios until they do something about getting the software right the first time, or
putting it into something other than a masked, surface mount CPU.
An excellent example of Elecraft's responsiveness is their response to customer inputs about key clicks which required both hardware and firmware changes in the latest revision. Would you please name one company from your part of the world that has ever acknowledged that they even have key clicks...much less one who is actually doing anything about them?
Again, there is a difference between the community & the company. No
question about the company. Have a look at the response of the community
to floating the idea of doing something about CW PTT by myself & another
contest type or anything else that would improve things for contesters & I think
you'd be put off by the reaction.
P.S. One knowledgeable K2 user seemed to think there was no problem with his K2 keying his old Alpha amp, but perhaps he missed your point about PTT. It would probably be best to clarify this on the Elecraft reflector rather than here.
As more & more folks reply after I completed the survey saying they too use CW PTT, those who don't use VOX see the problem & are helping to establish a reason why Elecraft might consider doing something despite all the negativity about CW PTT, even from some parts of the contesting community.
Having worked in the industry for companies like Elecraft, the sales approach
should register loud & clear & is the only thing I can think of that might counter
the united front of "guardians" who insist the world conform to the radio, instead
of the other way around. Other suggestions on changes went down equally
poorly with that Elecraft community, but was eagerly taken up by the company.
CW PTT, for some reason, is going differently & I hope it isn't because it just
flat out is impossible with how they have managed to do what they've done with
what they've got (which is impressive, based on explanations from Elecraft about
the other change).
I really like my K2, but am getting worried it may be more of a toy than a radio
in some regards - hopefully, I'm wrong about that!
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