Please switch to a bnc cable for 10MHz in

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An humble suggestion. Please start using a bnc female instead of rca for the 10MHz in. Every GPSDO worth mentioning uses a BNC. Let’s try to make users life easier when they have a lot of uncertainties and switching between radio platforms like ICOM to Flex or Yaesu to Flex.
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Amlan - AI6XN

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Martin Ewing AA6E

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The humble RCA jack:  it brings back memories of the Collins S-Line -- and Heathkit.

Yes, I wish we could have better connectors.
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Ted VE3TRQ

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In the mean time, we have rca to bnc adapters of varying quality, all of which fall out if tugged on unless fastened down :-(
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Amlan - AI6XN

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:) yes we do indeed, it’s just yet another thing for being different. Nothing spectacularly wrong with it. But hey it’s my wish!
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Bill -VA3WTB

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The is likely a good idea, I am sure Gerald thought that through and decided for his reasons. That would be a change in the next model of radios? When ever?
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Marc Lalonde

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BNC adapter + RCA jack is good way to broke the RCA   
may mutch stiffer to use BNC on chassis  but increase price to 5$ ?
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Ted VE3TRQ

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I'd sure pay the extra $5!
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Lucas - W6AER

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I would also gladly pay to have BNC instead of RCA. Things come loose to easily especially if you are like me and use lots of ferrites.
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I found a SMA to BNC Female that screws directly on the SMA Connector from Amazon.  For all intents it changes the game to BNC on my 6700
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Roger J. Buffington

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Martin Ewing AA6E

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10 pieces for $6?

Adapters have their place, but you're inserting new possible points of failure -- especially when they're unbelievably cheap.

73 Martin AA6E
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Roger J. Buffington

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Never had one fail in 50 years of hamming.
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Bill -VA3WTB

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I suppose failure is possible as with anything, but I don't think it is much an issue either.
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Chris Tate - N6WM, Elmer

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I would venture to guess that the reality of this is cost of assembly.  when you transition from something that can be automated and mounted on a PCB, vs a piece that needs to be bulkhaead mounted to the radio chassis, the overall cost to the production run goes up significantly because it requires human hands on.  Again my opinion, but somewhat educated as after working with this team for a number of years I know Gerald and team worked hard to strike a value vs performance level on these new transceivers, and there are tradeoffs when that occurs, like using a different type of connector, but in the end we all win as the overall cost of production is reduced, and we get more radio bang for the buck.
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Roger J. Buffington

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I kind of like RCA connectors.  They are so easy to work with.
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Jim Runge

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I agree. Good enough for Collins and the Military. Good enough for me.
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Frank WA3NHK

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But they're 75 freaking years old !!!  (And intended for audio.)  If the "well it's cheaper" logic is valid then the XVTR and RX ANT interconnects should have been phono as well.  In my 40 years as a EE this is the first time I've seen phono used for a 10 MHz reference.