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Author Topic: Yaesu Ceasing FT-950 Production  (Read 2552 times)
W9BKR
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« on: June 26, 2013, 03:32:47 AM »

No surprise (to me) that Yaesu is ceasing production on the FT-950.  Saw that also stated on Universal Radio's website.  Suspected that with the FT-1200 roll out and the marginal reviews on teh 950 and 2000.  You can probably get some remaining stock of 950s relatively affordable now.  How long they (Yaesu) will provide support on the 950 is anyone's guess ( I would venture 5 years tops) for spare parts, etc.

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SWL2002
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« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2013, 03:50:20 AM »

Since the 950 was kind of a "blah" radio, it is no big loss.
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W9BKR
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« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2013, 06:11:57 AM »

True and I suspect the same of the 2000 which was even worse...now that the 3000 is out there...
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« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2013, 03:50:50 PM »

Since the 950 was kind of a "blah" radio, it is no big loss.

Have you ever operated a FT-950?
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SWL2002
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« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2013, 04:02:07 PM »

Since the 950 was kind of a "blah" radio, it is no big loss.

Have you ever operated a FT-950?

Sure I have, I used to have one a few years ago.  I sold it earlier this year.
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K2CMH
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« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2013, 06:46:09 AM »

So what was it about the 950 that prompted you to sell it?  It sounds like you had it for a few years before selling.
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« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2013, 08:20:58 AM »

So what was it about the 950 that prompted you to sell it?  It sounds like you had it for a few years before selling.

It was surplus to my needs as well as being an under-performer when compared to my other equipment.  The synthesizer has pretty bad phase noise which made receiving unpleasant.  Transmitting was fine.

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K2CMH
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« Reply #7 on: June 28, 2013, 08:23:16 AM »

>The synthesizer has pretty bad phase noise which made receiving unpleasant

Can you define more specifically or give an example of the impact the phase noise had?

I'm asking this because I have a 950 and have never had another rig to compare it to.
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W9BKR
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« Reply #8 on: June 28, 2013, 04:58:03 PM »

Since the 950 was kind of a "blah" radio, it is no big loss.

Have you ever operated a FT-950?

Yep, and that's why I no longer have it or the 2000 I wasted my money on....
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W9BKR
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« Reply #9 on: June 28, 2013, 05:03:07 PM »

FOr me, it was a FUBAR of a radio layout, the roofing filter was a placebo (i.e. did nothing), rejecting noise was inferior (but better than the 2000), NR and close in QRM was impossible to remove or deal with effectively.  Some of those experienced facts are also brought out in Rob Sherwoods analysis of the radio.

THere are other issues, but those were the main ones for me.  For a generic op, casual op, sure, it should be fine.  But for those wanting to work weak signals on 160, a contest now and then, it lacked.  I know some folks love the radio and I am happy for them.  I voice my personal experience, no attack towards anyone that owns one or slight to anyone that bought one.  I am glad I sold both.

Will see how the 1200 or 3000 play out, but doubt I will venture to get one.  Like my radio I have the the one I had even more (wish I hadn't parted with it 1000MPMK5).
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« Reply #10 on: June 28, 2013, 08:36:54 PM »

Chris, it's a shame you sold your FT-2000 in 2008.  In 2009, Yaesu came out with a software mod that greatly improved the performance of the radio.  This is reflected in the reviews of the radio, going from 4.3 (pre-2009 software) to 4.7 (2009 to present).

73,  Ron.
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W9BKR
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« Reply #11 on: June 29, 2013, 01:36:24 PM »

Ron, I had the PEP mod...didn't do much for the performance.  Glad I sold it and no regrets..
I also take any Eham reviews with a grain of salt just as I do ARRL's.  Numbers doesn't always a radio make....no, I have had the 950 and 2000 and don't miss either...I love Yaesu radios, but they missed the mark when they moved from the 1000 series...to the current ones...missed something...I have 4 friends with the 5000 and 3 have had to send them back for technical issues...the other is lucky he told me.  Don't know much about the 5000 but I have heard they have had many issues...and they the three with the issues sold theirs out of fear and disgust...regardless of the 4.8 rating on EHam, they went with another brand.  Can't always judge like or dislike just from one forum....

GL
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