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Categories | Transceivers: HF Amateur (inc. HF+6M+VHF models) | Yaesu FT-950 Help

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W9BKR  Rating: 3/5 Apr 4, 2013 02:52  Send this review to a friend!
Good Starter but not top end  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have had lots of radios and have played with probably more. In the current market, the new 950s are going for barely over $1K and the ICOM 7200 for about $1k. Why is that? I suspect Yaesu is about ready to discontinue the mediocre 950 and push the 3000. Also, the 7200 offers you more accessibility and performance. Having put the 7200 side by side with the 950, I can honestly tell you the 7200 runs rings around close in (adjacent channel) QRM and the DSP/NR is far superior to that in the 950 and probably the 2000 which I also had at one time ( note "had"). This is a bash of the 950 but the 950 was over priced when it came out. As to being a mid grade starter radio, it is okay. It will hear DX but questionable in noisy condiitions like you hear on 160. The roofing filter selections are useless. The power control is once again buried in the menu and you have to access the menu to change it, implement it and get out of the menu before you can determine if the level is satisfactory (and if using an amp, this is a real pain).

Over all, it is a good generic radio for the casual operator, but certainly not for any contesting. I have used the 7200 in a contest and although not a contest grade radio, it plays much better than that 950 by leaps. For the op that like to rag chew, work some DX now and then, it is probably okay. Definitely not a "portable" or expedition radio but would be okay. Currently, the 7200 and the 950s are running about the same in used price market, (i.e. the 7200 sold for around >1K a year ago or more and still commanding that price - used 800-900). The 950's are now coming into newbie shacks as the price has really dropped (again, suspect they are dropping this model shortly).

Not a bad radio, not a great radio. Middle of the road IMHO. I don't think you would go wrong for $800-900 for a used one which is about where they are now. If you want sligthly better performance, the ability to use portable, etc. I would definitely choose the 7200.

As a base radio, both the 7200 and 950 have some things I would prefer differently.
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