Maestro tuning knobs

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Can anyone comment on whether the Maestro tuning knobs have a little heft to them (i.e., weighted)?  I'm not much of a fan of the FlexControl knob.

Alternately, are the Maestro tuning knobs potentially replaceable (standard shaft size and set screw release)?

Thanks & 73,
Barry N1EU
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Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

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Yes, weighted and has a very smooth feel/action.  Better than most knobbed radios I have used.
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Lewis Cheek

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Tim, while you're answering questions
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Lewis Cheek

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Well, seems I can't edit or remove posting. Started this with my ipad using my iphone as hot spot.

Anyone able to remove, if so please do.

Lew
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Lewis Cheek

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Tim, since you ere answering questions, can you tell us if cw bandwidth will be variable ( using Miestro ) or step sizes programmable? Is Winkeyer a hardware or software version, I'm not having good luck with version in latest firmware?

73's
Lew
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Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

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The low and high cut filter settings for all RX and TX filters are variable.  And you can also step through the preset RX filters as well.

The Winkeyer in Maestro is a hardware Winkeyer.
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Gerald - K5SDR, Employee

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Barry,

The knobs are solid aluminum.  You could not make them any heavier unless you went to steel.
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Barry N1EU

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Sounds good!  

(fwiw, brass also works well for making hefty knobs)
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Doug Hall

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"(fwiw, brass also works well for making hefty knobs)"

I've used brass for machining knobs for one-off homebrew projects. But brass stock is over 6X the price of aluminum. Makes a difference in volume production.
73,
Doug K4DSP
 
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Matt NQ6N

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Yes, beautiful knobs with a wonderful amount of flywheel inertia and heft. 

73, Matt NQ6N
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Chris Tate - N6WM, Elmer

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I have to say the knobs on my Maestro are the best "feeling" knobs on any radio product I have operated.  They have the right heft, balance and layout for intuitive operation.
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AH0U

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I find them very light weight and they have a loose feel.. there seems to be no way to increase the friction to give them a more solid feel... disappointing
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John - AF3K

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Very happy with Maestro knob placement, look, feel and weight. Excellent work considering the many trade-offs.
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Lewis Cheek

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I'm SURE vendors will soon be offering after market knobs for those that desire such. :)

Lew
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Jay / NO5J

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The knobs on Maestro have more heft in them, than the knobs on my SDR1000, and FLEX5000A.
Not too bad for a first try at knobs.
Adjusting the step size, may, or may not, affect the perceived, flywheel feel.

73, Jay - NO5J
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K2CB Eric Dobrowansky

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Very impressed with the actual production Maestro VFO knobs . Night and day compared to the prototypes I played with at Dayton in 2015.
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While I love the Maestro, the tuning knob is a big issue for me.  I wish it had some microclick mechanism so it can not turn by itself like my Kenwood TS 480.  I got mine to use mobile on a trip to California.  The littlest vibration makes the knob move and of course the associated frequency.  Is there a way to lock the frequency once selected?  I wound up putting the Flex Maestro in the trunk and listening to the truckers on my CB instead.  Very disappointing.  This was the main reason for getting the Maestro.  At least the truckers use more language I am accustomed to living in Chicago from the guys in the hood.
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Lewis Cheek

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The "LOCK" feature does not work for you?

Lew
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AB9UU

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Just noticed that.   i admit, I was stupid.
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Mike, W8BE

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I like the Tuning knobs.  Slice A knob feels looser than slice B.  Not a big deal.   AF gain know feels real loose.   Almost like it is going to fall off.  Don't remember it feeling that loose at Hamcation this year. 

Mike, W8MLS