# Tuesday, August 03, 2004

In pursuit of my new nerdy hobby, yesterday I got a new radio.  A Yaesu VX-7R.  I'm amazed by three things so far:

  • How small the thing is (it's tiny, the antenna is about 2.5 times as long as the unit)
  • How amazingly complex the UI is (and how small the buttons are)
  • How fabulous the receive audio sounds.  I was listening to some guys yakking on a repeater last night, and it was amazingly clear.  Much more so than the old Kenwood I've been using.

The UI is amazingly complex, and I have a few issues with it so far.  Given the very limited space they had to work with and the paucity of input controls, they actually did pretty well.  But there are a few instances where you have to press an additional key to edit something, or an additional key to finish editing something, and they aren't always the same, so you "just have to know".  That's frustrating.  Much is accomplished with the tuning dial, which is pretty cool, but again it's not obvious when it works and when it doesn't.  Given all the space and control limitations I'm willing to forgive a lot though, so overall I'm pretty favorably impressed.  Which isn't to say I don't want to get the programming cable so I can just edit all the memories on my PC.  That'd go way quicker. 

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