02-26-2013, 08:52 PM
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Join Date: Apr 2002
The mic on this radio is actually quite functional, and for the most part I like it. All of the buttons are back lit with brightness adjustable through the menu.
The keypad allows direct frequency entry as well as DTMF. The PA, PB, PC, and PD are all programmable functions. I won't cover all of the possible settings as the manual covers it quite well. The giant A/B lit button switches the active main band from one side of the radio to the other. The green back lit A and B indicators at the top show you which VFO is actively receiving, while the white lit A and B indicators at the bottom indicate the VFO that will transmit when you key up.
In this pic, you can see the frequency up/down and lock buttons. My biggest issue with the layout of this mic is that the UP/DOWN buttons are right where you will inevitably press them during a QSO, which activates a DTMF tone. After doing this about a hundred times, I've engaged the lock which only deactivates these buttons on the side.
Like I said, I like the functionality of the mic, although the built-in speaker isn't that great.