The Big Freakin Display is an option to the CS800D (Coming soon for the CS800 and CS801) that allows you to see more information than what is on the small display of the radio. Future FREE firmware enhancements of that product will allow you to control multiple different radios from a single display with optional interface cards. The next radio we will support is the Yaesu FT-857 followed by radios that does DSTAR, FUSION, NXDN, and P25.
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The BFD is a great supplemental display for the CS800D, it displays the information that is sorely lacking on the 800D, but it's almost too big. The inability to dim the backlight makes it positively annoying to use in a room with subdued light, or mobile at night. I'm hopeful that this will be rectified in a future release. It would also have been nice for the connections to be on the back rather than the bottom. The placement of connections limits where the display can be used.
Very good - does as advertised.
I plan to add this to my EMCOMM go box.
Works as intended, well made solid construction
I like the display and the audio
The Big Front Display is a nice compliment to my CS-800D radio. I am using this as a base station. It's great to have the big screen plus touch functions to make it much easier to operate the 800D. I love the Favorite Zones and Favorite Channel features. The product is well-designed and there are frequent firmware updates to improve operation and add features.
Great product! This isn’t just a display. You can navigate zones, channels, contacts and other radio settings. You can also change servings and enter new settings. It is easy to see and read because it is big. Plus, it looks cool. But more importantly, it is functional and is a great upgrade. I am interested to see what updates will be forthcoming and which other radio models interface boards will be available. I have display boards on some of my hotspots and they are just displays, thie BFD is much more.
I received my CS-BFD and it was plug and play. However, I am disappointed that I don't see the data detail that I am use to on my Anytone AT-D868UV and AT-D878UV. I have all the contacts loaded into my CS-800D but the only receive data on the CS-BFD is the call of the received station. No name or location. Why is it that I can get all of this information on the small display on the AT-D868UV and AT-D878UV but not on the CS-BFD? Am I missing something?
The CS-BFD is truly a device for those of us who like a large colorful display with many available functions. I interfaced the display using the CS-800D with a minimum of initial problems. Simply removing the 800D front plate, removing the easily disconnected cable and replacing such with a CAT-5e cable and reattaching the microphone to the BFD. Out of the box, there is going to be some initial learning its operation but overall the BFD seems to function well. Yes I would purchase the CS-BFD again.
This display is BIG and Beautiful!! It is definitely easy on the eyes. The TFT screen is pleasant to operate. Everything you want and more. The future updates and the ability to operate more than one radio will make it a valuable asset to your station. Intuitive to operate.I left it on all night and it doesn't get even the least bit warm. I can't say enough good things about this display.
The display was bigger than I expected. Overall, the display works fine. I had some trouble at first trying to program the buttons and knobs. The current CPS is tied to the original display and needs to be updated to cover the CS-BFD.
I couldn't go through the entire diagnostics. It would get about 3 quarters the way through and lock up.
I'm anticipating the next release where I can have 2 radios hooked up to the display.