Going about it the hard way…..WHY??

Last evening I finally had some time to get on the PC and check out what fellow ham radio bloggers were up too. For the past month I have been working every day and only having time to “fast read” a post and drop a short comment. While surfing the blog sphere last evening I came across KG3V’s blog, the subject of the blog caught my attention “Updating FTDX-3000 Firmware. Below is a link to what I only could call an “adventure”.

In the post Tom does a great job explaining how he went about the firmware upgrade and some issues he ran into. Tom also goes over the enhancements this firmware will forward to his FTDX-3000. It’s fantastic how far we have come in radio, in the past if you wanted the upgrades it meant selling what you had and purchasing the new and improved version. Today’s modern rigs can chat either over the internet or with pre-downloaded thumb drives and magic is worked within the rig to either over come an issue, enhance what is already there or add something new! Having said that I just can’t understand what the issue is with the process of the upgrade. It’s just not ham radio with our Nikon cameras to upgrade the firmware it’s…hold this while pushing that….make sure you don’t do this while doing that….and on and on and on. Resources are used writing the rigs new firmware upgrade, time and money is put into it and it’s to make the product better for the end user. If this is the case why the %&^* not make the process for the end user easy peasy!!

Having said the above and let me preface this with “I am not going to say what I am about to say just because I am a fan of Elecraft but if the shoe fits……” To upgrade my K3 or KX3 Elecraft has provided via their website a program that sits on your desktop, one of it’s functions is for firmware upgrades. The process is as follows:
1. Double click on desktop icon.
2. Click on Firmware tab.
3. Click on “Check versions now”
4. Below you will then see the firmware that is installed in your rig and new firmware that is available for your rig. You then click on “Send all new firmware to K3 or KX3.
Your rig will start to click, there will be “stuff” flashing on the rigs screen, sometimes even clicking noises from the rig and then your rig’s screen returns to normal and your done. I have owned Kenwood, Icom and Yeasu rigs and never has it been this easy and my question is WHY NOT!!! Now having said the above it is true I have not owned one of the above rigs for some time now so do comment if the process has changed…but is sure does not seem it has for the FTDX-3000 model rig!

OK I’m off my soapbox now….:))

Mike Weir, VE9KK, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from New Brunswick, Canada. Contact him at [email protected].

2 Responses to “Going about it the hard way…..WHY??”

  • Tom KG3V:

    Thanks for looking at my Blog article, and for your comments. I have to agree with you that the upgrade process for the FTDX-3000 could be more User-friendly. They have taken the Engineering upgrade process and given us a way to use it, while Elecraft designed a User-focused upgrade process. I have a K2 and am a big fan of Elecraft myself. That said, for the money, I could not bring myself to buy a K3. The FTDX-3000 is an outstanding radio for the price, and I would recommend it to anyone. I have used K3s several times and for me, the ergonomics, display, and overall usability of the FTDX-3000 is better. Not bashing Elecraft at all, they make great equipment and for customer service and support, they are second to none.

    73, Tom KG3V

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Good morning Tom, thanks for taking the time to comment and I really enjoyed reading your blog post regarding the comparing of the Icom 7600 and Yeasu FTDX 3000. I too agree regarding Elecrafts customer support and in my time I have built 2 K2’s and they are a great rig as well. As for the price it’s very true the price is up there compared to other rigs on the market. The one thing I like about the K3S is the ability to add on as you go. You can go from a 10 watt to 100 watt rig, add a second receiver and filtering and so on. I had own the Yeasu FT-1000MP and it was a great rig.
    Thanks for stopping by and have a great week.

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