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Reviews For: Yaesu FTdx-1200

Category: Transceivers: HF Amateur HF+6M+VHF+UHF models - non QRP <5W

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Review Summary For : Yaesu FTdx-1200
Reviews: 129MSRP: 1879
The FT DX 1200 provides up to 100 Watts on SSB, CW, and FM
(25 Watts AM carrier) and a rugged state of the art highly
balanced receiver circuit configuration for top performance
on today’s crowded bands. Similar to the high end “YAESU FT
DX” series, it uses 32-bit high speed floating point DSP.
Yaesu’s acclaimed superior DSP algorithm is highly effective
in weak signal processing and enhancement. The 1st IF
frequency is protected by selectable 3 kHz, 6 kHz and 15 kHz
roofing filters that effectively attenuate interfering
Product is in production
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G4MJA Rating: 2017-06-01
Excellent Transceiver Time Owned: 3 to 6 months.
I bought the FTdx1200 new 10 months ago.Initially I spent quite some time setting up my preferences in the very comprehensive 196 menus, this does take a while! Most of the menus are 'set & forget'. It is proving to be a great radio on both transmit & receive.The DNR (Dynamic Noise Reduction) works really well at killing band noise & boosting a weak signal. On SSB the best the display power meter will show is 60 to 70W PEP, don't be fooled, this is an average power meter, the radio runs a genuine 100w on speech peaks displayed on my outboard digital meter. At current prices I consider this radio to be a bargain.
VA2DV Rating: 2017-05-18
Great middle class rig Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
Got this rig to replace an Icom IC-7100 for base station operation.The size and control layout is just perfect. The oustanding point of this radio is really the dsp. It's probably the best noise reduction I've seen in this price range.I've fitted mine with the FFT-1 board and the SCU-17 interface. Digital operation was managed in a few minutes. The receiver, while not ranking among the best on Sherwood list is quite capable. I also found the audio to be very good straight out the box with no external speaker. Overall a very nice value for the price.
KG4VDZ Rating: 2017-05-17
5 star rig at a great perice Time Owned: more than 12 months.
After having my 1200 for about a year I decided to trade for a 991. Well that was a huge mistake I hated the 991 was like playing with a little toy. Sold the 991 purchased a yaesu ft-950 the 950 was ok but it is no 1200. The void of not having my 1200 back was killing me a 1200 came up local for sale so I jumped on it. And boy was I glad I did. The receive is awesome I can hear weak stations I cant hear on my other rigs with the same antenna. The DNR is amazing it removes the noise floor and brings the signal to the front. The large color screen is great and easy on the eyes I have had no problems at all with both the 1200s I owned. I do wish some of the front panel buttons were back lit as they can be hard to see in the dark. The filters work great and I love the narrow function as I can squeeze the receive filters all the way down to 200hz and up to 4000hz Cant think of anything I dislike about it at all my next upgrade will be the ftdx3000
KM4T Rating: 2017-05-03
New Radio Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
Just received today. Very fast shipping from HRO. Moved up from a FT-450D and I am really pleased. Receive quality is far superior, added features are a big plus, especially the scope. Unboxed and hooked it up and quickly made 2 DX contacts within minutes on 20 meters. I'll give a complete review once I learn the full capability of the radio, but first impression is a 5+.
VE3FST Rating: 2017-01-22
Best bang for your $$$ ! Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
I see some negative comments at time over this rig . Personally I think people need to read the manual and count on making a few mistakes . When you learn the filters and where and when to use them , your all set . Very nice receive , great audio reports ! Buy one and enjoy it !
N2RRA Rating: 2017-01-02
Very impressed Time Owned: 6 to 12 months.
Most who know me know very well I've never ever been a Yaesu fan. Yes, I've owned Yaesu products in the past and been satisfied with some and not so with others. Reviewing their track record in past proved all my conclusions of them and still do at times.

That being said I'm a very honest person and I have to say after owning this FTDX 1200 I think it is a superb receiver by far. I don't care what Sherwood reviews are. I base by what I can hear and comparing radios side by side which is what I've done. All the features work very well except for the Noise Blanker in my opinion, but its still better than others. The DNR features is just "awesome" and use it often. On CW mode it's been quite enjoyable.

In a nut shell I feel it's worth the cost new, or used for any general operator. Pick one up and enjoy.

VE3TMT Rating: 2016-11-26
Ver well equipped Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
I've only had the radio for a short time but so far I am very impressed. TFT screen is very detailed and crisp. Roofing filters that work, yes even the 3KHz filter. Great DSP filtering in all modes. You can actually dial the bandwidth down to 50 or 100Hz in CW or digital with no filter ringing whatsoever. Try doing that with an FT-2000.

One thing I would like to see updated in a firmware release. Right now you can adjust different power output levels per mode, very nice. If I want to run the amp on RTTY, I don't have to turn the power down. It would be nice to see this done with the monitor level. I set it at about 35 for SSB, but this is way too loud for CW or digital modes. It would be nice if you could set this per mode as well.

My FTDX-1200 is fitted with the DVS-6 and FFT-1 board. Even so the panadapter is not real time and is really too small to be of any use. But I have added a PAT50 board to tap the IF and can view it all on my widescreen 25" monitor.

Getting great reports of TX audio with my $40 Koss SB40 headset.

Very pleased with the radio.
N4SGJ Rating: 2016-11-15
FTdx-1200 will not power on. Time Owned: 3 to 6 months.
After owning my FT-DX1200 for 5 months I have been very pleased, that was until I was testing the trial version of Ham Radio Deluxe with it.
I had shut down my radio by my normal shut down procedure of first turning off the radio, then the power supply and last HDR on my computer, the night before my problems started.
The next night when I turned on my radio it would not come on. I contacted Yaesu tech support, they said for me to cycle my power supply. I did this and my radio came on. Later when I was ready to shut down for the night again, after turning off my radio, I tried to get it to come on again. It would not come on. I tried to recycle the power supply again and the radio failed to come on.
I sent my radio to Yaesu for repair, it has been gone for nearly a month now.
This same problem occurred with the FT950s and maybe other early Yaesu radios. I hope Yaesu will fix my radio and this will not be an ongoing problem as I really do like my radio's features and do not want get another brand.
DL7ALM Rating: 2016-11-07
Nice radio -but sound muted :-( Time Owned: 6 to 12 months.
After using my FT-DX 1200 for a couple of months in working DX an contesting I am very satisfied with this radio. A good buy for small money...

But I noticed that my audio is muted using the built-in speaker. Everything is fine with my headphones plugged in.

Jumping through the MODEs doesn't bring back my audio. Any suggestions what helps? Does YAESU already know the problem and have a way to solve it?
HB3YPG Rating: 2016-10-21
Very Good transceiver, Très bon émetteur-récepteur Time Owned: more than 12 months.
From my part the Yeasu FTDX-1200 is for the price 1'200 euros one best actually in the market. Good filter, the power give 100W

Earlier 5-star review posted by HB3YPG on 2016-05-19

Graet in this class ! Very good DSP and very good NB . For this price it's the best from yeasu.
Earlier 5-star review posted by HB3YPG on 2016-05-04

Tout d'abord, je tiens à signaler que cet appareil est une réussite quant à son design qu'à sa finition propre et de très bonne qualité. Ceci me paraît être aussi important dans une évaluation. L'accès au menu compte trop de possibilité (19 ????) de réglages. Il manque des sous-menus. Pourquoi mettre 6 menus traitant du CW et, pas un menu, CW et après, il y a les autres menus à régler. Après avoir pris connaissance de plusieurs évaluations en français, en allemand et en italien, il ressort qu'au niveau des performances techniques le FTDX-1200 est très proche du FTDX-3000 mais pour CHF 1'000 francs de moins ce qui n'est pas négligeable. Je suis très content du filtre DNR qui fonctionne à merveille et des performances à la réception. Rapport prix qualité au top. 73' HB3YPG