This was an idea that was spawned off another thread, concerning directional arrows in RD's, etc. I decided it might be worthy to discuss what would be an ideal RD. This is just a generalized discussion of what would make a good, ideal RD.
First, a good threat indicator (with range and direction) - The V1 of course, uses directional arrows. I thought it would be great to extend that idea onto a retro-style, directional cone display, a circle cut into 12 pieces. The threat indicator would be on the Clock system. Anytime a threat is discovered, a piece of the of the cone would flash red, with a voice indicator telling what band, and the position on the clock. Example: "KA BAND. 1 O'CLOCK." If there are multiple threats, different parts of the cone would be filled. It would also be nice to have an optional display of which bands (in freq.) that are detected as well.
Second, a good RD has to have excellent range, upramp, and reliability. That's a foregone conclusion. The ability to have stealth would also be great. Controls should be simple, but an advanced user should also be able to fine-tune one. Getting rid of false alarms would be a great feature too.
Thirdly, ability to update firmware, with accessories: In the technological age we live in, a computer can be obsolete within six months of its first sale. Keeping you RD up to date would be a great idea, in the case problems are found.
I would like to see the ability to link your RD with a laser jammer, or combine BOTH to a double-din touchscreen radio, so that your RD display can show on your touchscreen radio, as well as turn on/off your laser jamming device.
The ability to mount it remotely and covertly would be a good idea too.
Have I missed anything?