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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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.