Other than DCS capability (which it doesn't have), the FT1500M has been fine, except for gradually dropping channels and the once or twice a year poof....
I think the storage for the various channels needs a stable power source, and it's not getting it. OTOH, mine gives me a bit of warning - trashing one channel at a time for a while until it goes completely off the wall.
If I'm out of town, though, that's a PITA.
During power on (and power off) cycles, the voltage goes all kinds of nuts in a vehicle. Something is getting around whatever protection is in there. No real damage appears to be happening, though.
(I wouldn't want to lose the thing - it's long since paid for itself, and with APCO25 blowing me out of monitoring the local PD, it's still working fine on the remaining hi-band sources. If I get some money together for an APCO-compliant radio in the car, I don't know. I don't think I've used the Ham transmitting capabilities in years.)
All of this is a little off-topic
, but the BCD396XT seems to have design issues with respect to power, too, and I think that could be related - particularly if the mobile power cord is in use. IMHO, about any software-defined radio (which these things essentially are) is potentially subject to misinterpreting "noise" (power fluctuations, cold-weather related issues, terminal corrosion) as a command. This may take a cleaner supply (or protection circuitry) than we've got here.
Just IMHO, although a radio may not have a control program like FreeScan, stuff like the BCD396XT or my Yaesu FT1500M really don't have much happening that's not in software. The Yaesu's volume control is real
, but that's about all. The 396's is a pulse generator that tells something that you've asked for a level change. How much is unchangeable is up to the designers, but it's possible that everything
might be open except the keyboard dance necessary to light up the "load new firmware" function, and there are ways around that.
(I have visions of my "smartphone" deciding to be a lawn mower.... Somehow, having to re-boot a phone
in order to clear a function seems a little nuts, but don't get me started on the Droid X....