There are not many features missing from the Xiegu G90... At least, when is about hardware, in the firmware, there is another story.
When I was replacing the STM32F103 in the front panel, I was asking myself if I can add backlight to the front panel keypad. At that moment I was focused on that repair job and I put the ideea on other shelf.
These days I will get involved into a big project and I will have to let down this kind of PMR (Pimp My Radio) projects so I thought this is the right time to gave it a chance.
I have around some SMD LEDs and some ideea so, I get to the bench and opened, once more, the front panel assembly.
First try was with the tip of the soldering iron but, to my surprise, nothing had happened.
Then, I tried to use a 3.5mm drill to remove the rubber in an "organised" manner... nothing! The rubber act like rubber and get back into the hole.
Short story: I couldn't found the proper way to make 3mm holes with low risk of destruction.
The problem is that I must embedd not only LEDs but also the wires that goes to them. About the wiring, I had in plan to use 26 Gauge wrapping wire (around 0.5mm) so a proper way to make them too has to be found.
Here is the optimal position for a bunch of wide angle SMD LEDs to diffuse the light into the keypad.
NOTE 1: the botom line of keypad is already illuminated by the backlight from the LCD. Not very bright but enough to be seen into the dark.
NOTE 2: the colour of the LEDs has to be different than the two LEDs for Function and CW decoder because the light will be conducted in those too and will cause them to appear lit.