[CQ-Contest] Flex Radio Question

James Cain jamesdavidcain at gmail.com
Thu May 8 11:21:01 EDT 2014

Exactly, Ward. I was an "early adopter" of digital frequency readout, with a Signal One CX7A in 1972. Not seeing a pointer on a dial covering the whole band required a little brain adjustment. It happened. 

At least the Signal One had knobs and switches. The day I use a "radio" without a tuning knob will be the day I use a telephone to take photos. 

jim cain K1TN/9


> Exactly, Jack. Using an SDR with the current user-interface is like using a fancy Agilent spectrum analyzer as a communication receiver. Fabulous specs and operating controls galore but not very well suited (yet) to the task at hand - which is competitive operating focused on copying signals. 

> The current UI is *way* too distracting to me - but someone who grows up with one and has a mental model of the spectrum and operating controls compatible with the UI wouldn't have that issue. (i.e. - I'm an Old Phart and set in my ways.) 
The SDR environment has huge potential to combine visual and audible elements - bring it on! 

> 73, Ward N0AX

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