I for one like the tuning direction of the Elecraft rigs in CW (LSB). When I began ham radio using much older receivers, I liked listening with the BFO set to LSB. My perception was "If the pitch goes up, I am tuning to a higher frequency". Those receivers did not have very good frequency resolution and it helped me in tuning correctly.

I realize that is my preference, others like it the other way around. It is easy to set the Elecraft gear to CW reverse, and that is "sticky", so you only have to change it once for each band.

It is a designer's choice, so I guess Wayne agrees with me because he made LSB CW the default.


On 2/14/2018 11:15 AM, Chuck Chandler wrote:
Something that bugs me just a tiny wee bit.

So, for years I used a Kenwood or two, then a Yaesu or three, then a
Ten-Tec.  Much of the time on CW.  When I tuned a band, say 20M, I would
start at the bottom of the band and tune upwards in frequency.  When I did
this, as I approached a CW signal it would be higher-pitched.  As I tuned it
to zero-beat with my 500-Hz CW offset the pitch would drop until it matched
my 500 Hz spot.  If I tuned too far, the pitch would drop below 500, then
drop off the scale as I tuned past it.  Similar in fashion to tuning a USB

My Elecraft tunes similar to one other rig I have owned, an iCom 706 MkIIG.
As I tune up the band I first hear a low-pitched CW signal, then it centers,
then it gets higher in pitch.  Similar to tuning an LSB signal.

This doesn't make a difference in usability, I guess it's due to the
receiver architecture.  And, yeah, I can go to "CW-R" and it works the way
all those other radios did.

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