In a message dated 7/6/2007 1:07:46 P.M. Central Daylight Time,
It seems very clear to me that a lot of thought went into the
types and positioning of K3 controls. For example I see that
RF Gain and AF Gain are on the innermost part of two separate
concentric knobs rather than both being on the same control (as
on the TS-930S, MP and FT-2000). This makes sense to me since
these are likely two of the most often adjusted knobs for my
style of operating.
I had just the opposite view, why not put them both on a concentric knob
like Omni VI? I consider the RF Gain to be THE most important control for
receiving, but I think it is prudent to "bundle" controls that are used
on the same shaft whenever possible. Squelch concentric with the AF Gain?
That brings me to the width/shift knobs. I always loved the Drake R-4
series, it was a stroke of genius by some ergonomics-conscious designer to put
filter selection stem on the Peak control shaft. What flexibility and ease
of operation! I don't know why Elecraft didn't consider something like that
with the width/shift knobs.
Bottom line: Smaller radios don't have to mean smaller knobs, a sensible
grouping of controls can create space on the front panel for slightly larger
concentric controls that will minimize those precise hand movements between
controls that frustrate us so much.
This having been said, when I learned of the capabilities of the K3, I
plunked down my money faster than an addict buying crack cocaine. I'm sure
for a magnificent high!
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