Re: FT8900R night at Big Rock Ball Fields

Paul Butzi (W7PFB)

In fairness much of our struggle was caused by the user interface of the radio.

When the VCR market dried up, apparently all the people who did UI design for VCRs (the folks who made it impossible to figure out how to set the clock) got jobs doing UI design for Yaesu, Icom, Kenwood, etc.

Whoever decided the right UI choice was a long list of menu items to scroll thru, each item denoted by one or two 3 letter abbreviations (e.g. COD TYP), well, I hope they end up in the Special Hell.  You know, the one where the people who talk in the theatre go.

-p W7PFB
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On Jul 11, 2018, at 3:08 PM, Robin Amundson <wa7cpa@...> wrote:

Thank you for saving me the time figuring this out...for crying out loud...

Robin, WA7CPA

On Tue, Jul 10, 2018 at 10:35 PM, Dan Pflugrath <dpflugrath@...> wrote:

This link has a short description of WIRES and how to disable and re-enable the function on Yaesu radios FT-60 and FT8900. 









From: [] On Behalf Of Robin Amundson
Sent: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 10:00 PM
Subject: Re: [snovarc] FT8900R night at Big Rock Ball Fields


We got on the air with the 8900R and tested four antennas with it. 1) 70 cm mag mount  2)Paul's G5  3) Tram 2-band mounted on Paul's tripod. 4) Slim Jim hurled in the tree by Andrew. All antennas worked with no detectable difference. Paul measured SWR on each. It was fun radio play, throwing new gear in the car, remembering batteries, cables, connectors, antennas--then having everything we needed to get on the air in a hurry. Still, plenty to learn about the radio. Thank you to Andrew for Elmering on the 8900, and of course Dan and Ken on air for help with getting WIRES turned off.

We will be rebranding our gatherings as Radio Play night at Big Rock. Come on out!
Robin, WA7CPA

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