Paul Christensen wrote:
> >But then, maybe your correct, because most hams today are more interestedin
> the 'bells and whiltles'
> I agree. Take a look at the handheld market. Why on earth does it seem
> that every ham would accept the ability to make his HT into a "scanner" than
> have much improved intermod rejection by limiting the received bandwidth to
> only the amateur band? It would sure be nice if we could at least have the
> option of one or the other. In my opinion, basic performance should never
> give way to features.
The Yaesu VX-1R is a good example of what you mentioned, Chester. When
who have bought one show it off, they usually demonstrate how the radio
receive police, fire and even FM broadcast frequencies.
The good old, reliable Radio Shack HTX-202 was designed specifically to
and transmit only in the 144-148 MHz range. Ironically, the major
about this HT was that it would not work outside of that range. It
been nice to be able to work slightly above or below the 2m band, such
as on the
nearby MARS frequencies in use in this area, but I never expected it to
As on oldtime ham who can remember the era of tube-based equipment, I
that the Omni VI+ *doesn't* have so many of the bells and whistles.
like having most, if not all, of the controls right on the front panel.
menus in the IC-706 really bother me, thus that rig gets used mostly on
2m SSB. While I can appreciate the capabilities of fine,
like the FT-1000D and MP, their front panels are just riddled with
of which most hams don't ever use.
73 de Jim - AD6CW
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