Thanks for the very helpful information! I've been watching this radio and hoping the software issues would have been fixed by now, but it looks like there is a way around it. I have owned a IC 91AD and still have my VX170. I had a lot of gripes with the 91AD so I sold it.
If you don't mind, can you address the following questions? You have the VX8, and you know how bright the backlight is on the Yaesu's. How does the Alinco compare?
It's louder. It appears that the speaker is much bigger on the DJ-G7How loud is the audio compared to the VX8?
FM, yes. AM, not as much. But FM seemed just fine to me. I listen to FM quite often at work.Have you listened to the AM/FM broadcast bands much, and how is the reception there?
They're not bad, but you can bump them. They're definitely easier to bump than the VX8. But you can always just "lock" them...that solves the problem.Do the volume knobs "stay put" or are they easily moved when accidentally bumped, requiring constant re-adjusting? (Are they "tight"?)
The other issue, which is a fairly significant one to me, is that 475.750Mhz and up will only allow you to set it to WFM mode. There are so many police and fire agencies that use frequencies in this range that this is a major oversight. It seems to stay in WFM only until you get around 895.000Mhz.
One other thing that I've noticed is that scanning is painfully slow. My other radios can much faster. This isn't a deal-breaker for me since I probably won't scan much with it.
I found something that I'm not crazy about tonight. When you program a memory and assign a name to it, there's no quick way to toggle between the memory name and frequency. To get around this, you just have to hit the FUNC then M->V to send the memory to the VFO. It's not very intuitive, but at least there's a way to do it.