Our most advanced HAM accessory for the CS800 or CS800D - the CS-BFD - has been generating a lot of excitement because of a number of popular new features, including an amazing large touch screen display that enables you to read more data than ever before from several feet away. The display area is 15X larger than the display that comes with the CS800D radio. No more squinting! The picture below shows a typical display when you are having a QSO.
The Favorite Zone screen will simplify your life by enabling you to go quickly to one of the 16 zones you use most frequently. With the standard CS800D, you can have up to 250 zones. With the favorite zones feature, simply press the touch screen display in two places to get to one of your your sixteen favorite zones. The picture below shows a typical display with the sixteen favorite zones.
The Favorite Channel feature is also a wonderful time-saver for the CS800D which has up to 4000 channels. All you need to do to reach one of your favorite channels is to press the touch screen display in two places and voila - you're in. The picture below shows a typical display with the sixteen favorite channels.
The Enhanced Monitor feature automatically provides you with a graph showing which are the most active groups on your favorite channel. This features provides you with a solution to a problem you probably never thought about. The problem is which groups are using your favorite repeater? If you want to start a QSO on your favorite repeater, which groups are listening? You can monitor the radio for days at a time to determine who is active on that repeater. At the end of the day or the week, depending on how long you want the CS-BFD to monitor the channel, you will get a graph that shows the most active groups and tabbular data that shows exactly how busy each of the groups are. The picture below shows a typical display that shows the accumuation of talk groups from a repeater.
The new Spectrum Analyzer allows you to scan between two frequencies, enabling you to find unknown stations and determine how busy those stations are. The picture below shows a typical display that shows the RF activity in this area.
The Enhanced Channel feature allows you to easily set up a temporary channel in a few seconds. Just put the relevant information in the screen and press the activate button and you instantly set up a temporary channel. The screen below shows a typical channel.
The VFO mode allows you to manually scan between two frequencies. Once a channel has been found you can then start a QSO. A typical screen is shown below.
You are on a channel and you need to take a break and when you come back you can see who has spoken while you were gone. Press the touch screen in the right spot and the CS-BFD will bring up the last several calls as shown below.
Here is the best part. If you do not think this display is worth what you paid for it, you can return the display within 30 days and get a complete refund of your purchase price. If the display breaks during the first year, we fix it for free.
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I live in a place that gets very dry and cold in the winter, which is conducive to accumulation of static electricity. I use the display inside on the desktop. About 25% of the times I walk into the room the display goes blank and/or all fields disappear until next refresh. The radio itself is working correctly - there's just no way to see what's going on. Power cycling the radio is necessary to re-boot the display. I've tried every type of grounding I can think of without any success at all. Sometimes even discharging myself on the light switch at the door zaps the display and requires a reset. Touching the display anywhere with even a slight charge? Forget it. The problem is somewhat less noticeable during summer months. I agree in general with the other reviews - the display functions well otherwise and has good features. But something should be done about the static sensitivity. BTW, I can hit the CS800 body with a full charge and it chugs right along.
It sure does make using the radio a lot easier. Wish it would show ALL of contacts info like the ANYTONE 578 does. All I see is DMR ID
The CS-BFD is an awesome display that works great and looks great too. I do not need to put my glasses on to read it and is is easy to set up.
Purchased the BFD on Wednesday, received it on Saturday. Sunday morning plugged it in, not so happy. The radio would now only hear our repeater and cycle on & off every minute or so. The display would only say "waiting on radio"''. I emailed Jerry with the issue expecting not hear anything until Monday. I was totally surprised when Jerry responded within 2 hours on a Sunday. The fix was simple enough, update the firmware. After a couple of hours I had the firmware update and the radio program reinstalled. Everything worked perfect. THANK YOU JERRY!!! He did not need to respond on a Sunday, however that is what Connect Systems is all about, good products and service. Did I mention Jerry, THE OWNER, Sunday's response!! Way to go Connect Systems for putting CUSTOMER back into customer service for your customers!!!
I would posit that a large, easy to read screen is safer for mobile use than a small, difficult to read screen. A mere glace at it gives you in the info you need. The BFD excels in this capacity. Not only that, but it opens up controls which do not normally exist on a DMR mobile, or are buried in menus. Although not terrible loud, the speaker is much better than I would have expected--excellent in fact. I have a small car, but I was able to fit the BFD into it using a Lido seat bolt mount. When I am alone in the car, it hovers just to the right of the gear shifter. When I have a passenger, moving it to accommodate said passenger is the work of seconds. Connections are simple, and I really appreciate that a standard CAT5/6 cable is used for the connection to the CS-800D.
Wow when I opened it up i thought thid is too big I'll never find s spot in my truck for this. fortunately i was wrong. Did a test fit yesterday and it will work out great. Still room for coffee, and cell and HT. Ii is just the thing for the guy with old eyes.
Bought a CS800D for the remote head option as only a few DMR radio's have this feature. So far I'm l'm liking it a lot... I love the 7" CS-BFD, touch screen display which I mounted to the wall with a swiveling TV monitor stand in my Ham Shack. It works GREAT, and is much bigger than it appeared in the Radio AD, which almost never happens with stuff I purchase. The only item I ended up not using was the CS-BFD 12Vdc Wall Wart power supply I purchased, as after receiving everything I realized the CS-BFD 7" display works on 12VDC too so I was able to hook it up directly to my same 12VDC supply that powered the CS800D radio too. All in all it was a good buy, and works great on DMR in my Ham Shack. Thanks K9OY Chicagoland, IL....
I needed a dual band DMR with removable head due to limited vehicle spare - this was the only solution I found to meet my goals. Outside products, support and company.. they actually answer the phone too! Well done!
I decided I had to try the BFD after I found it impossible to place the front panel of the CS800D anywhere in my car that would allow me to scrutinize the display in safety. It has been a challenge to find 'just the right place' for the BFD due to size, but I found it, and I can see what I need to see with just a glance. I definitely found it necessary to change the button/knob settings. The 2nd knob & pushbutton gave me all the control functions I wanted. Functionally, the BFD works fine for me. There's about a 1/2 second delay between the 'receive' indication and display of the station ID/callsign, but that isn't important, just something I noticed. I like the 'day/night' backlight selection. I do REALLY wish it was possible to bail out of the 'diagnostics' screen with a cancel button. I have to turn the radio off & back on to get the main screen back. I'd truly love to see the BFD functionality extended to a number of other radios. I can think of a couple Kenwood and at least one Icom radio that would be enhanced by availability of a BFD.
Great size, can see in sunlight, it does what it says, only negative is the speaker. in a quiet location it's adequate, in the vehicle with all the normal noise the speaker falls short turned all the wat up. I use the radios ext speaker jack with remote speaker.
The BFD shows so much more information than is available on the 800D Display. It's BIG, but it needs to be to display all of this clearly. There are still some minor issues to be worked out, but 4 out of 5 is pretty good. I now have 2 of them. That's how much I like them.
Extremely nice display with touch screen. Allows for favorites channels , zone favorites and also allows you to change offsets.,frequency etc. I’m very impressed with this display and would highly recommend it to everyone that like to see the BIG picture.