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Author Topic: New Yaesu Rig Announced  (Read 17954 times)
N5INP
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« on: August 24, 2014, 04:39:38 PM »

The FT-991 -

http://qrznow.com/yaesu-ft-991/

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AF6WL
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« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2014, 05:02:11 PM »

Nothing like internet photo theft : QRZnow seems little more than an advertising front.

The original photos are here http://www.hamlife.jp/2014/08/23/hamfair2014-yaesu-ft991/



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« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2014, 03:24:04 PM »

Looks real nice.
Also included: end of 857.
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W2NAP
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« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2014, 06:06:04 AM »

UGLY.

shame they do not want to make radios that look like radios anymore.
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« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2014, 06:13:47 AM »

UGLY.

shame they do not want to make radios that look like radios anymore.

Exactly how does a radio "look"?
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« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2014, 08:35:24 AM »

Reduced size Kenwood 430 case, ic756p screen, and a tuning knob from a ts990!
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« Reply #6 on: August 26, 2014, 08:42:21 AM »

Opinions differ. I like the look and the proportions of the FT-991 as it looks like a piece of test equipment. However, I would not even accept an FTDX 1200 or FTDX 3000 as a gift, they look as if they have been assembled by a committee.

Some time ago Eham had a series of posts about the most beautiful rig and the answers covered the whole spectrum. It looks like we will have three large rig manufacturers for a long time.

Peter DL8OV

P.S. Have a look at the bling on the Icom IC7850 http://www.icomuk.co.uk/images/icom/fieldsetField/673/IC-7850_50th_frt.jpg
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« Reply #7 on: August 26, 2014, 08:45:10 AM »

So what new bands does this rig have over the FT 857 or FT 897?

Answer...none..as usual...just like when Icom or Kenwood comes out with a new radio.  

How about adding 222 mhz, 900 mhz or maybe 1.2 gig?

More of the same except it has C4FM and PSK.


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« Reply #8 on: August 26, 2014, 02:36:34 PM »

UGLY.

shame they do not want to make radios that look like radios anymore.

Exactly how does a radio "look"?

uh how about like the FT2k or %k or about any rig made pre-2000
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« Reply #9 on: August 26, 2014, 04:34:55 PM »

When will this radio be available, and what will it cost?
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« Reply #10 on: August 26, 2014, 05:03:48 PM »

I like it  Smiley Smiley
Looks like they are trying to grab that Icom IC-7000 market that was turned off with the 7100 and it's Alarm clock look.
This FT-991 should do very well if it performs as well as it looks.
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« Reply #11 on: August 26, 2014, 05:27:23 PM »

So what new bands does this rig have over the FT 857 or FT 897?

Answer...none..as usual...just like when Icom or Kenwood comes out with a new radio.  

How about adding 222 mhz, 900 mhz or maybe 1.2 gig?

More of the same except it has C4FM and PSK.


I am sure it likely has improved DSP at very least. 857 and 897 are getting very long in tooth.
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« Reply #12 on: August 28, 2014, 05:12:54 AM »

I am not the fashionista police of ham radio, but to my eye this replacement for the FT897/857 looks like a cb radio met a 1970s radio shack receiver in a hayloft.

What is happening with the cheesy case, cheap looking knobs, and horrible 1970s grey color scheme?
I am sure it works great, and the Ethernet interface and IF DSP sounds like a good addition, but will it run cool like the FT897 or be a bacon saucepan like other rigs.

Also, will it seamlessly integrate a psu like the FP30 does to the FT897 so that it is a rugged neat package?
It looks like those knobs and that display will not take a beating like the FT897.

Yeah the FT897 display is lame by wow factor pundits, but in 7 years of operation as my sole rig I have never been bothered by it.
And if I want to impress, I throw HRD at its CAT port and give the kiddies some eye candy.

This is only my opinion, but I would not trade my FT897 for this cheesy looking radio, even if it personally delivered qsl cards to my desk.
At least I am safe from having to replace my 897 for the foreseeable future, as this new radio will probably be this niche offering for quite a while.

Well back to squinting at my little display, for another 7 years.

73

Rob

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N5INP
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« Reply #13 on: August 28, 2014, 05:21:05 AM »

What is happening with the cheesy case, cheap looking knobs, and horrible 1970s grey color scheme?


It's just the lighting - it's black.
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« Reply #14 on: August 28, 2014, 05:45:08 AM »

I wonder if the display craps out after a couple of years, would Yaesu have replacements? I'm only asking this question because Yaesu's track record for stocking parts for the FT100 is not very good.  Hopefully they got their act together since.

http://www.eham.net/reviews/detail/61



"I was very disappointed in Yaesu that they would not support a radio that was only 7 years old with spare parts. Other stories like mine(where Yaesu no longer has the spare parts for the FT100) are well documented on the FT100 reflector on Yahoo groups. If the finals go on the FT100 ,or some other critical parts as in my case,you probably will have to junk the FT100 or buy another one on the used market just for spare parts"



For what it's worth, I own Yaesu products. I am not saying another brand is better than them. I am saying the lack of support for parts could be an issue in the future. As with any new radio on the market. I suggest waiting until the reviews to come in before considering buying one, or get an extended warranty on it if you decide to be one of the first to buy it.
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