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Spinning the VFO knob on the Maestro

I have a Maestro attached to my 6500, and I love using the VFO A knob on the Maestro.  It is so well balanced that it makes spinning it very easy; especially when you are in a rush to get up or down the band collecting contacts.  However I noticed that when I do this (spin the knob), I hear the radio clicking inside the unit.  My question is: am I potentially doing damage to the radio by spinning the knob like this?  I know I can double tap the screen and accomplish the same thing, but I prefer the knob.  However I won't spin it any longer if this could potentially have a damaging effect.  Does anyone know for sure?

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  • RiaRia Member ✭✭
    edited June 11
    No damage at all. The relay clicks are just ATU or preselectors.


  • David Decoons, wo2xDavid Decoons, wo2x Member ✭✭✭
    edited January 2018
    When the radio panadapter gets to the point where it is showing out of band signals the bandpass filters are bypassed, hence the relay clicks.

    Dave wo2x

  • David MarottiDavid Marotti Member
    edited June 2018
    Thank you Ria and Dave!  Good to know. :)  Just wanted to be sure I didn't damage anything.

  • John - K3MAJohn - K3MA Member ✭✭
    edited June 11
    Is anyone making a aftermarket know for the Maestro?

  • KC2QMA_JohnKC2QMA_John Member ✭✭
    edited January 2018
    I bet 73cnc.com will have something in the future if demand is there. The knob can not be too heavy or it will damage the VFO encoder.
  • David Decoons, wo2xDavid Decoons, wo2x Member ✭✭✭
    edited January 2018
    John, the two vfo knobs on the Maestro are weighted. Not as heavy as a larger knob you would find on an FT10000D but decent for their size. I give mine a good spin at 1 kHz stepping and it will go quite a bit. Do tou have the Maestro and if so, what do you not like about the knobs? Haven’t heard you on the air. 73 Dave wo2x

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