In early April 2021 Yaesu issued a new firmware version 1.05 to address a few issues in V 1.04. This update turned out to be quite a disaster for some hams causing their radio all sorts of problems. Yaesu were quick to address this and released version 1.06 a few days later.
It turns out that the version 1.06 is more of a downgrade than upgrade over 1.04, and this is why.
In V1.04 you could change the band by pressing the BAND key and selecting the band on the touch panel. You could also press the BAND key, turn the MPVD ring (multi purpose VFO outer dial) to the desired band then press the FUNC knob and your radio changes the band. Both of these functions still work in V1.06.
However, in V1.04 you could press the BAND key, turn the MPVD ring to the desired band and after 2 seconds the radio changes the band. This has been removed in V1.06.
Interestingly the same functionality for MODE selection has survived the cull and is still available in V1.06.
Band stacks are three memories for each band, so if you select the same band multiple times you will cycle through three stacks. This is something you’ll find on most modern radios.
In V1.04 you could do this by pressing the BAND key, then selecting the same band from the touch pad or by pressing the FUNC knob.
However, there was a third way, in my opinion the best, which Yaesu has removed in V1.06 and that is to press the BAND key twice in quick succession (within 2 seconds) to go through stacks.
Why this is an issue?
Yaesu’s user interface (UI) team seems to be lacking some common sense and general UI design principles knowledge. Out of all keys around the VFO dial the two that are most used by vast majority of operators are the BAND and MODE keys.
Yet, Yaesu engineers have placed these two keys in the tightest place on the entire front panel, between the main VFO dial and FUNC knob on one side and SHIFT/WIDTH knob on the other. I’m sure they could have placed them in a better spot, anywhere would be better than where they are now.
I have a few other gripes about the FTDX10 UI, but I’ll probably write a completely separate article about it.
What did they get right in V1.06?
The display firmware V1.03 (which is part of the V1.06 package) finally addresses the waterfall issue. In previous versions, once you key the rig, even for a split second, the entire waterfall is erased and starts anew. In the latest firmware version they have addressed this so that your waterfall “status” remains in the memory and the moment you go back to receiving it is displayed as it was before you keyed the rig and continues from there.
They have also added the PRESET value on the MODE panel, which lets you configure several important settings required for the FT8 operation (details)