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Re: can't readback FT-847 frequency

Doug and All,

The person named "Chip" referred to is my longtime friend Chip Margelli, K7JA.
And yes, he is the Technical Leaison between Yaesu USA and Yaesy Japan.  

If the call sign K7JA sounds familiar, he is the same Charles R. "Chip"
Margelli who is the well known CW DX'er and contest operator.

Chip is always looking for feedback from the ham community on Yaesu products.
His e-mail address is K7JA@juno.com.

Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF

In a message dated 98-06-07 13:34:47 EDT, you write:

<< Subj:	 Re: can't readback FT-847 frequency
 Date:	98-06-07 13:34:47 EDT
 From:	kg5oa@airmail.net (Doug Howard - KG5OA)
 Sender:	owner-amsat-bb@AMSAT.org
 To:	rparry@qualcomm.com (Richard Parry), amsat-bb@AMSAT.org
 Richard & -bb,
 I spoke with the Yaesu sales representative at the Arlington, TX Ham-Com
 convention about this very subject yesterday. Officially, he said that
 Yaesu had absolutely no intentions of fixing this problem with either the
 FT-847 or the FT-736R which has the same problem. When asked why, he stated
 that it didn't appear to significantly affect sales of either product.
 Personally, I thought this was a pretty snotty attitude for a major radio
 manufacturer to take, but that is just my opinion.
 He did go on to explain that a fellow named Chip (whose last name I can't
 remember) has communicated these problems to Japan and is in negotiations
 with them to try to get this problem fixed along with a few others. It
 appears that this Chip fellow is the American technical liason to Japan for
 Yaesu. The sales rep said that it has historically been very difficult to
 convince Yaesu Japan to change anything about the design of their radios
 unless it represents a negative affect on the sales of a particular
 product. So it looks like our hopes of getting this modification
 accomplished rests with the negotiation skills of Chip. I wish him the best
 of luck.
 Technically, this feature does not preclude any mode of operation that I
 know of. It would be nice for logging programs and other software
 functions. But as I told the Yaesu sales rep, I was surprised that they had
 not gone ahead and fixed the problem in the FT-847 after they made the
 mistake in the FT-736R and had received negative feedback about it on that
 radio. This is especially true since it would probably take a good sofware
 engineer just a few days to fix the firmware. Then they could burn the new
 PROMs and send them to the folks that requested them. Not a difficult thing
 when you think about it.
 "Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat history" seems
 like an applicable quote.
 I don't think this is the answer that we were all hoping for, but it is the
 latest answer to your question that I can provide as of yesterday
 afternoon. Hope this is helpful.
 Doug - KG5OA >>