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Author Topic: Game over for Icom/Yaesu HF Sales on the High end?  (Read 8232 times)
WD5GWY
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« Reply #15 on: October 31, 2012, 05:56:41 PM »

A very nice rig indeed however, I think it will be way too expensive for the average ham with a mediocre income such as myself. I believe the new Yeasu FT 3000 will be the better seller at a reasonable price. Last I heard, it was going to be available for just under 3k where this new Kenwood will most likely be in the 5k -10k price range. I hope I am wrong on that price range because if I could get this new Kenwood for under 3k, I would.
The Yaesu FT-3000 is already available. And at least one has already been put up for
resale too. (Wasn't me, I cannot afford one after just getting a Yaesu FT-1000MP MKV)
I seriously doubt that the new 990 when it arrives, will sell for under 3K. Maybe, 5K or so.
But, given the specs, probably closer to 8 to 10K. Way too rich for my blood. But, it would
look awfully nice sitting on my desk!!! (Santa,,,,,,are you listening???)
james
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M6GOM
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« Reply #16 on: October 31, 2012, 07:46:12 PM »

Price for the UK will be around £6500.

I would if I had the money.
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G3RZP
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« Reply #17 on: November 01, 2012, 03:26:11 AM »

I wouldn't.

Doesn't offer me anything I want in RF performance over what I have already.
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AD6KA
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« Reply #18 on: November 02, 2012, 07:14:01 PM »

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A very nice rig indeed however, I think it will be way too expensive for the average ham with a mediocre income such as myself

Most high end rigs aren't intended for the "average"
ham. There are automobiles designed and marketed
for various income groups, why shouldn't it be so
for ham radios?

If someone GAVE me a 990 I would indeed take
it, be very grateful and no doubt love it.
I have a 940 as my backup
rig now and it is till a terrific radio.

BUT, if I had the $5k or $8k or whatever the 990
price is available for station upgrade, I would
spend it on better antennas. My current main
rig is 756 PROII, my current antenna a roof mounted
HF6V vertical. At this point a tower and yagi(s)
would improve my station performance far more
than a new "high end" rig, no matter what the cost.

Then there is the old axiom:
An excellent operator with mediocre equipment
will make far more contacts than a mediocre
operator with excellent equipment.

I don't think it is "Game Over" for anyone. There
are enough folks who are brand loyal no matter
what the competition offers.

Just my two cents....
73, Ken  AD6KA
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W2IBC
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« Reply #19 on: November 02, 2012, 07:52:41 PM »

Something that puzzles me is 'Where do all those old radios go?' There aren't that many new hams, so do people end up with several transceivers, do they part them out, do they rot in barns and garages, or do they go to landfill?

they sit on someones shelf rotting until someone is dumb enough to buy it for 100 times more then its worth.
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N5XM
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« Reply #20 on: November 03, 2012, 02:28:19 PM »

You know, there are plenty of great radios around depending on what you can afford.  All you can say about a new rig is that it is new.  There's gonna have to be a giant leap in radio architecture before one rig is really that much "better" than another.  With decent filtering, you can work just about anybody depending on your antennas, power, and operating skills.  I just don't see a problem here. 
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K9AIM
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« Reply #21 on: November 03, 2012, 04:24:38 PM »

Why do so many hams disregard Ten-Tec?   
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W8JX
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« Reply #22 on: November 04, 2012, 09:48:46 AM »

Why do so many hams disregard Ten-Tec?   

Likely aesthetics and such more than anything. They are kinda bland looking.
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K9AIM
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« Reply #23 on: November 04, 2012, 08:03:17 PM »

Why do so many hams disregard Ten-Tec?   

Likely aesthetics and such more than anything. They are kinda bland looking.

LOL.  The phenomenal thing about the Jupiter (granted it is now obselete) is that it has all the buttons you need -- and none that you do NOT. The Japanese rigs are littered with buttons to the point of ridiculousness.  I like too that my Jupiter is roomy inside so you do not need raccoon hands to work in there.  ymmv.  73
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