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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: HF Amateur HF+6M+VHF+UHF models - not QRP <5W | Yaesu FT-950 Help

Reviews Summary for Yaesu FT-950
Yaesu FT-950 Reviews: 296 Average rating: 4.6/5 MSRP: $1840
Description: The Yaesu FT-950 is an HF/6m transceiver which features IF DSP as well as 3 kHz, 6 kHz and 15 kHz roofing filters. The transceiver can be interfaced with the DMU-2000 to add additional functions such Band Scope, Audio Scope, X-Y Oscilloscope, World Clock, Rotator Control, and extensive transceiver status displays, in addition to station logging capability. The optional RF ĶTuning Kits may be connected via the rear panel, providing improved selectivity to protect the receiver from close-in interference on a crowded band.
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ZS6MAR Rating: 5/5 Jul 16, 2017 08:00 Send this review to a friend
Great Radio  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have had one for a 2 year great easy to use radio.
Must say the VFO very sensitive at times but still a great radio. Use it for DX and has never let me down.
K5AZE Rating: 4/5 Jul 12, 2017 19:26 Send this review to a friend
It seems to work well  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
At first when I discovered that it had a menu driven power control it was a deal breaker. Well DUH?
However I soon found out that you can assign it to the "CS" button and it is very easy to access, not great but not bad either.
I acquired this radio so I could venture into the world of pan-adapters and HSDR which I find the software install both multi-dependent and convoluted. It's somewhat gimmicky.
I'm not sure this radio is any better than my FT-1000MP, time will tell.
I have been inactive for over thirty years and have little to compare it to at this point except to say; it wasn't a worthwhile investment just to try ADR...
K4LSX Rating: 5/5 Sep 3, 2016 17:57 Send this review to a friend
Magnifique!  Time owned: more than 12 months
Have them!
VE1FG Rating: 5/5 Sep 3, 2016 04:54 Send this review to a friend
great rig no reason to upgrade for awhile..  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
hi to all my name is mike my call is ve1-fg bought the ft-950 not a year ago yet used and can say it is the best rig for its price ive owned yet.easy to use and has more than enough bells and whistles for me. added a heil pr-781 mic to it with a boom arm and have been enjoying it ever 73 to all ve1-fg Canada.
M3IUC Rating: 5/5 Apr 11, 2016 03:56 Send this review to a friend
BEST VALUE TRANSCEIVER  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I have given this 5 stars simply because of value for the money. Ok there are better radios out there but not at this price i paid £800 for mine with the optional remote control and the voice memory unit and dust cover. from a display in a Ham shop good as new. audio is very good on receive and transmit after reading the manual several times to get the best from this radio, it is well worth taking the time to do this. I now use a studio condenser microphone with a phantom 48v power supply operated with a foot switch picture on qrz under call sign m3iuc.
some reviews have said they dont like the auto tuner , i will admit it is noisy but it does the job well , i am using a 119ft end fed long wire and a 9.1 unun and it tunes every band from 1.8 to 30 mhz without any problems.The radio i had before this was a ft920 also a very good radio but i think this one has just got a edge on the 920. If you can pick one up for under £900 and i know you can go for it you wont be disappointed.
N8QN Rating: 5/5 Mar 23, 2016 06:51 Send this review to a friend
Still Impressed...  Time owned: more than 12 months
Approaching 5 years of continuous trouble free operation.
K3KRN Rating: 5/5 Mar 13, 2016 23:08 Send this review to a friend
great rig  Time owned: more than 12 months
I've had this rig since 2009 and have not had any problems at all. I've done all the firmware updates and keep it turned on 24/7. by the way, the roofing filters work! highly recommend.
KF2CF Rating: 5/5 Mar 7, 2016 11:38 Send this review to a friend
Update: Fours years of very good service  Time owned: more than 12 months

I purchased mine about four years ago after reviewing the ARRL laboratory evaluation. Based on features, performance and price I have found the FT950 to be an excellent radio that has provided reliable service.

Receive performance is among the most common criticisms of the FT-950. I have always found that I was able to isolate signals with distinct clarity, even when those signals were in extremely close proximity to strong adjacent stations, either on CW or SSB. I have never found the need to use the APF. I have been able to completely separate stations without a hint of interference.

Iím especially impressed with the receiverís sensitivity. Based on actual on-the-air results I have so far been able to hear DX stations at or above the same level as other local operators with equal or greater clarity and readability. The filtering is better than adequate. I do not find the receiver to be noisy nor do I detect any audio hiss. I have received glowing reports for the transmit audio and I donít use the equalizer. I would judge the receiver and transmitter to be excellent.

I have gotten use to the digital S-meter and I now think I prefer it to a meter movement. Thankfully the front panel is not crowded. The controls are logical and have good accessibility for larger hands.

I have come to dislike the instrument, mono-color look of other radios and find them difficult and tiring to read. The use of various display colors on the FT-050 make this radio a real charm to use and also greatly enhances the rigs aesthetic appeal.

The automatic tuner is very noisy. I didnít find it to be a problem per se, but it is darn annoying. The automatic tuner seems to have a limited range. I was surprised that it worked okay on a temporary end-fed antenna arrangement I had, but there were bands and frequencies it would not adjust to. I have since switched to a homebrew, helically wound dipole fed with balanced line and now use a Heathkit SA-20670A tuner.

The set-up is menu driven and I will admit that it takes some getting use to. But not unlike competitive models, using the manual is a must.

I have only had one issue. Apparently something I did in the menu settings caused the receiver to zero beat on a CW signal, instead of providing a 700hz tone when centered on the receive frequency. This happened twice. After performing a power-on reset, it fixed itself.

For less than the $1300 US I paid for the FT950, I have no illusions that in some form or manner there are likely to be more expensive radios that do some things a bit better. But I would expect that to be the case. I am NOT a Yaesu flag waver, but I can probably own this radio for the rest of my life and be satisfied.

Dusty KF2CF
VE3TMT Rating: 5/5 Jun 12, 2015 07:02 Send this review to a friend
So far...simply amazing!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I've only had the 950 in the shack for a week and a bit but so far I am very happy and excited at the same time. I sold my beloved FT990 to buy this radio and I'm not sorry I did. While the FT990 was a stellar performer in its own right, it lacked many of the features that come standard on the 950. DSP, TX EQ, TX monitoring, dual VFO knobs, etc just to name a few. Integration into the station was pretty straight forward, having only have to change a few connector ends for the RTTY lines etc.

Before setting it in place I removed the bottom cover to set up the panadapter. I mounted an RCA jack on the rear panel and ran the coax from the scope out (H) to the jack. Set up HDSDR for the new IF and it's working perfectly. I really enjoyed the panadapter on the 990.

After going through the menu and setting my preferences, I checked to make sure my PC control, RTTY and CW keying was all working. No issues. Operating RTTY and CW has been a pure joy. Being able to dial the IF bandwidth down to 100Hz is fantastic. The SHIFT and CONTOUR controls only add to the flexibility of the receiver for digital work. Getting great signal and audio reports on SBB so no complaints there.

Setting up the 950 with my amp took a little longer. I use a small 12V relay in line to the amp. The +13.5V and TX GND lines on the tuner jack activate the relay on TX and close the contacts. This in turn shorts the -18V on the FL2100B keying line to ground, kicking the amp into TX. It works perfectly.

I still have a lot to learn with the 950, but so far it's been a pure joy to operate. I wasn't overly impressed by the front panel when I first saw it, but having one in the shack changed my mind. The display is crisp and clear and full of information.

Dare I say a "masterpiece".
K4CJR Rating: 5/5 Apr 3, 2015 11:12 Send this review to a friend
Great Radio  Time owned: more than 12 months
Ever wonder why a radio gets a 4.6/5 and some give it a 0 or 3? Sounds like operator error to me. READ THE MANUAL. ADJUST THE RADIO>
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