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Author Topic: Yaesu VL-2000?  (Read 10316 times)
AJ4RW
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« on: April 01, 2012, 11:11:33 AM »

Has anyone heard when Yaesu plans on releasing the new VL-2000?  It's been talked about for over a year now but haven't seen the first indication of what's going on.  Anybody got any info on it?
73 Randy AJ4RW
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W9GB
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« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2012, 11:52:24 AM »

Randy -

It will be 2 years, next month, since a proposed Yaesu FL-2000 amplifier was shown
at the Dayton 2010 Hamvention.  I have not heard updates on eventual release or cancellation.
Freescale has introduced new solid-state devices over past 24 months, so the longer it is delayed -- the older the original design becomes.

The March 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami events may have disrupted this product development or it's production.
These events did disrupt the automobile parts supply chain in 2011.
There were Japanese mfg. and subcontractors based in that region, that may not come back.

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AJ4RW
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« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2012, 06:16:49 AM »

Greg
Thanks for the input.  You're right about the longer it takes the more it will need to be updated.  I'm curious to see when or even it it's ever released.
Thanks Randy AJ4RW
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W9GB
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« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2012, 04:49:47 PM »

Randy,

I did find the March 2011 article that I was looking for, at W5YI.
http://www.w5yi.org/ama_news_article.php?id=532

Operations at Yaesu-Standard's Fukushima main production plant were suspended due to earthquake damage.  Production was moved to China.  Some Japanese sub-contractors were in the coastal areas.

Radiation and lack of commercial power due to the Fukushima nuclear power plant explosions -- has never been publicly discussed by Yaesu -- but I have read & seen the news reports from international media outlets.  CBS 60 minutes did a report in March 2012.

The price of Yaesu rotators increased substantially after the March 2011 events.
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AJ4RW
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« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2012, 05:35:30 PM »

I bet the price of the VL-2000 will be astronomical.  You're right about the rotors, I was thinking of replacing this G800S with the G8000DXA and the price went up about $100 so needless to say, I'll run the G800S till it drops.  That's too bad about having to shift a lot of their production to China.  I just replaced all the drywall in this house from China.
Randy AJ4RW
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NN4X
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« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2012, 08:45:18 PM »

So close, but yet so far: http://anico.hu/VL2000E-Leaf.pdf
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KD8MJR
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« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2012, 01:49:31 AM »

Its probably still coming just give them some more time.
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W9GB
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« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2012, 07:15:42 PM »

Quote from: AJ4RW
That's too bad about Yaesu having to shift a lot of their production to China.  
I just replaced all the drywall in this house from China.
Randy --

I just got an e-mail last night, Japan has now shut-down ALL of their nuclear reactors
 (planned safety reviews), that is a decrease of 30% of the country's power generation !!
What are they replacing this with??

OIL based fuels (Diesel, etc.) .... for power generation.
That does influence oil prices (real demand and market speculators) ...
which I see every week when I fill-up my automobile.
The nuclear power plants will only be re-activated, IF the local prefecture approves.
Japan has 47 prefects.
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« Reply #8 on: December 03, 2012, 05:50:07 AM »

I also have been looking for infomation on this amp.  HRO and AES no longer list it and an online Ad by Universal Radio states that " Yaesu has cancelled the development of this product."  Dated May 23, 2012.

Too bad - looked like a nice machine!   73 de Bruce XW1B - 3W3B
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NN4ZZ
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« Reply #9 on: December 03, 2012, 07:39:27 AM »

Below is a copy of the note I posted in the VL-2000 Yahoo forum on May 24, 2012.

If you are interested in a legal limit solid state amplifier you might like the DX2400.   Here is a link to a forum on the amp with more information:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PrometheusDX2400/?yguid=291396502



Regards, Al / NN4ZZ


VL/VP 2000 RF Amplifier Withdrawn

************ note from Dennis **************

Dennis Motschenbacher K7BV

Executive Vice President Amateur Radio Sales

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Al et al

We received news from our Japan headquarters staff who joined us at Dayton this
year. Due to unfortunate changes in the market, Yaesu has decided to cancel any
further development on our VL/VP 2000 RF Amplifier. However, our popular Quadra
VL/VP 1000 remains available for those wanting a reliable and proven RF
Amplifier built by Yaesu's reputable Design and Production teams.

As always, we will continue to evaluate market conditions and needs as well as
technology advancements so that we can develop other exciting and innovative
products for the Amateur Radio global markets

Thank you for your ongoing interest in our products.

73,
Dennis Motschenbacher K7BV
Executive Vice President Amateur Radio Sales
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KD8MJR
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« Reply #10 on: December 06, 2012, 08:05:09 PM »

I heard about the VL-2000 being cancelled, it's a real shame that we will never be able to buy that lovely looking amp.  I just hope it was not a move just to reduce inventory of the VL-1000's.  I would imagine the sales of those must have been very low during the last 2 years.
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N4ATS
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« Reply #11 on: December 07, 2012, 04:41:07 AM »

According to the Rep , the VL-2000 has been terminated.
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W6GX
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« Reply #12 on: December 08, 2012, 08:41:35 AM »

Is the prototype for sale Smiley

73,
Jonathan W6GX
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KD4HGR
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« Reply #13 on: March 08, 2014, 05:32:19 PM »

As many of you are aware, Yaesu were producing this amplifier but halted production , and here’s the story
Yaesu commissioned Tokyo Hy-Power to design and build these amps , pre production models were built and displayed all over the world at ham conventions , but due to the extreme build quality of Tokyo Hy-Power, and the high production costs of these amplifiers. Yaesu decided that the excessive high price of these units made it not viable to produce or manufacture, the rest is history, Yaesu pulled the plug.
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« Reply #14 on: March 09, 2014, 05:20:54 AM »

VL-2000 for sale:
http://forums.qrz.com/showthread.php?427914-Yaesu-VL-2000-VP-2000-AMP

Jari
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