Today I did no operating – I just have not had the time and the summer seems to have flown by and I still have not started on the shack re-vamp although we have made several new additions including antennas, tuners, plus the new Kenwood radio and I had been thinking of changing the FT450 (Back up radio) so after some though decided to go out and do a swap (well – not quite swap) !! So we have landed the new FT450D, essentially the same as the original radio though I notice some menu items have disappeared or changed, it now includes 300/500Hz CW filters, and it has a re-designed front panel with new slightly larger knobs with silver embellishing – and the main tuning knob seems a tad larger and has a rugged rubber feel, but quite smooth (some questioned the size of the tuning knob but now the rig has front feet it raises the front so it’s not a problem, and (Yes) it now boasts Backlit front buttons ! In the subdued light of my cave you can quite clearly read the front’s of the buttons – even the 590S hasn’t got that – the receiver seems more sensitive as I’m sitting here listening to QST on 14.04763 and both 450 & 590 are on exactly the same frequency readout – spot on.
So this week end I will be air testing the new radio for the first time and will be looking on 10 and 6m.
I am still a way off finishing this “Small” job, and cannot wait to resume normal service on here – still I have managed to squeeze in the odd bit of CW here and there (No Digimodes)
I suppose next thing we’ll all be thinking of is 80m / Topband !
Isn’t radio a fun hobby !
Oh forgot to mention the pics were taken with my New Kodak Playsport HD Pocket Video camcorder which does stills at 5Mpixels – whilst not as good as my Sony I think they’re good enough for this. (More on that later)
Cheers and Beers.