Spinning the VFO knob on the Maestro

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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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David Marotti

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Ria - N2RJ, Elmer

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No damage at all. The relay clicks are just ATU or preselectors.

Ria
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David Decoons wo2x, Elmer

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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
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David Marotti

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Thank you Ria and Dave!  Good to know. :)  Just wanted to be sure I didn't damage anything.
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John - K3MA

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Is anyone making a aftermarket know for the Maestro?
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KC2QMA_John

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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.
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David Decoons wo2x, Elmer

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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