Especially the tiny LED in the 436. Its placement sure doesn't help matters much either.While I love the LED idea in theory (I do use it on my PSR-800) I wish they would've either given us the option to customize the colors like the PSR-800 or just stick with the backlight changing color on the 396/996XT models. The different color backlight is much nicer and easier to pick out than the LEDs when making a quick glance.
This is a very very good idea ... I can think that they did that maybe to get better battery life .. but really if you can display the backlight on when the squelch is activated .. then why not the alert light ?Several of us have asked that the firmware be changed so that the alert light (LED) be given the option to remain on for the duration of the transmission. *** Boy i second that ***
There is a reason for that .. check the packages like I did recently .. they are 1500 MAh .. compared to like 2500 MAh for the Duracell.My battery life with Energizer rechargeable batteries is fairly short, maybe 3 hours, if that.
I 4th that! It should be like the GRECOM PSR 800! LED flashes throughout transmission! UNIDEN! GET ON ITThis is something you must program for it to activate. It is used to help alert you to different "things" (channels, Radio IDs, etc) that are received.
From the manual:
Multicolor LED Alert – The alert LED with 7 colors, Blue, Red, Magenta, Green, Cyan,and 3 flash patterns. Yellow, or White, can be used with your Custom Alerts.
Alert lights are programmed either of two ways. Via the keypad for channels in your Favorites Lists (manage Favorites List working on down to the channel, then Set Alert>Set Alert Light).
The other is with Sentinel when editing Favorites Lists. Look for the Alert Light column in the channel area (or Radio ID area if applicable).
Which colors you choose and pattern (On, fast blink or slow blink) is user preference. I use red for fire, blue for police, green for EMS, yellow for interoperability and white for other stuff.
Unfortunately the LED illuminates for a brief period of time after the transmission begins. Several of us have asked that the firmware be changed so that the alert light (LED) be given the option to remain on for the duration of the transmission.
LEDs don't draw that much power. I think there is a better reason why they did it that way.This is a very very good idea ... I can think that they did that maybe to get better battery life
Yep. And I bet they have some sorta patent on it, too. (hint hint)Gee .. even my PSR500 does it.