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, Nate Bargmann <n0nb@...> wrote:
> I think we lose sight of the lead time involved with producing these
> radios. It's a bit frustrating that the FT-817 in digi mode does not
> respond to the CAT PTT command as it works the way Dave described (the
> Signalink USB takes care of this nicely). It's also important to
> remember that while the FT-817 is still in production, it was
> introduced to the USA about ten years ago and in Japan for a time prior
> to that! It was likely in the design tage up to five years prior to that
> and sound card based modes were unknown in 1994 and TNCs and other such
> terminal units were the norm.
> > Yaesu updated the FT-450. I did not check the other rigs.
> The advantage of newer technology with flashable ROMs. The FT-450 has
> been on the market a bit over two years (three?) and assuming a five
> year lead time or even three, puts its design phase into the early part
> of this decade where the Yaesu engineers would have become aware of the
> rising popularity of soundcard based modes during that time frame.
> Likewise, the TS-2000 while a modern radio, is well over a decade old
> from a design perspective. As Icom seems to release a new model every
> other month, they seem to be more current. ;-)
> 73, de Nate >>
I don't think it is a matter of the tech as it is the cost of putting it in. I've been working with JTAG flash since 97 and I2C setups since 2001. The hardware to update radio's has been around for a long time but the manufacturers would rather sell a new radio than update/patch one they already sold. I don't see that changing anytime soon.