Wouxun KG-UV3D Volume Knob: More Black on Black

The volume / on-off control knob on our Wouxun KG-UV3D radios has the most minute raised dot you can imagine to mark its orientation. Yes, it’s another subtle black-on-black control! See if you can spot the dot:

Wouxun KG-UV3D - volume knob marking

Wouxun KG-UV3D – volume knob marking

The radio lives in a small pack attached to the back of the seat frame: we turn it with a fingertip and adjust the volume by touch; the dot is just barely perceptible to my finger. Nevertheless, WIBNI (Would It Be Nice If) you could look at the knob from a distance and determine whether the radio was turned on?

A dab of typewriter (remember typewriters?) correction fluid later:

Wouxun KG-UV3D - garish knob marking

Wouxun KG-UV3D – garish knob marking

Not elegant and sure to wear off after a while, but the smudge should remain visible forever.

  1. #1 by hexley ball on 2012-09-07 - 11:22

    “sure to wear off after a while”

    Could you fill in one of the vertical flutes instead? That might wear less.

    • #2 by Ed on 2012-09-07 - 15:40

      fill in one of the vertical flutes

      If we were using them as handheld radios, that’d be perfect. Alas, they’re jammed into a bag behind the seat frame where they’re barely visible. This picture shows the “user interface” from about a foot over the bag:

      I should put up a post showing the radios in place; pix on the bench really don’t do justice to the hideous tangle of cables…

  2. #3 by Raj on 2012-09-07 - 23:18

    Next time Ed, try to sink a small drill bit by a mm on the top of the knob and fill that will something white like correction fluid. You get a neat white mark.

    • #4 by Ed on 2012-09-08 - 07:13

      sink a small drill bit by a mm on the top of the knob

      Even better, that turns it into Quality Shop Time: I like it already!

      The knobs probably pull straight off, so I wouldn’t be clamping the whole radio in the drill press…

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