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.

6 thoughts on “Wouxun KG-UV3D Volume Knob: More Black on Black

  1. “sure to wear off after a while”

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

    1. 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. 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.

    1. 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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