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Author Topic: Difference between Tuner in Ft-950 and Ft-2000  (Read 927 times)
F4GFT
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« on: September 04, 2018, 01:44:56 PM »


Gentlemen,
I own a Yaesu FT-950 for 8 years now and am quite fond of it, except for the tuner, which is a) small range and b) noisy. I was quite disappointed when I got this rig, as I compared it with my old Kenwood ts-450SAT, which has a motor-driven C-based tuner, which outperforms the 950 both in terms of range and speed.

Now many of you may say "Get resonant antennas", however working from a city lot, I need to resort to short dipoles, which are known to have limited bandwidth. Here comes my question: I saw in a brochure that the FT-2000, which is more or less a bigger brother to the FT-950 (as far as i understand), has a servo-driven capacitor tuner. I would like to hear from people having used both: Does the FT-2000's tuner outperform the 950's tuner? Is it as good (or almost) as the old motor driven tuners like the one in the ts-450? Or is the time of fast wide range integrated tuners definitely over?

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Andy F4GFT
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NA4IT
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« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2018, 02:50:24 PM »

Instead of a new radio, why don't you buy one of the LDG auto tuners. I had the AT100 ProII and loved it.
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W8JX
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« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2018, 04:48:17 PM »

I never was very found of the old motor driven tuners that were a bit noisy and could be slow too. I like newer SS ones but some designs tolerate higher SWR that others. The modern SS one in my old 570 will easily and quickly tune a 5 to 1 SWR.
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