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Tuning knobs inaccurate and annoying
on October 19, 2012
The panel itself is fairly nice, and despite some complaints to the contrary, I found the selector knobs on the left easy enough to turn without being too easy. I can't say the same thing at all about the tuning knobs on the right. They're next to useless - they use some sort of sensor that makes it so that if you turn it faster than an extremely slow turn, it won't register any changes at all. This makes it tedious to tune distant frequencies from the current. The much larger problem is that the detents in the tuning knobs mean literally nothing. They're just sort of there. They don't correspond with a number change, and usually they just cause an issue of making it hard to tune certain frequencies because the number you want is sort of in between two detents and it'll try to drop into a detent.
The SPAD drivers have a fine tuning thing that I think I might be able to mess around with to get the detents to make some amount of sense, but that won't help with the inaccuracy of the tuning when you turn it at anything faster than about 20 degrees a second. Do get the SPAD drivers, by the way - don't even bother installing the ones that come from Saitek.