Monday 16 November 2020



Icom have had incredible success with their IC-7300, followed by the superb IC-9700. It's a great combo and I'm sure that all the other big manufacturers have been green with envy, these last few years. 

And now, in 2020, Yaesu launch the FT-DX10 which is a compact 100W SDR transceiver like the 7300. It looks to be a great bit of kit and I love the look of it (apart from that chavvy 3D waterfall). The spec looks fabulous and I don't doubt that it's going to receive great performance reviews, despite its £1550 price tag 😮 

I reckon that they'll follow it up with a challenge to the IC-705 (their FT-818 is ooooh so very long in the tooth (but still a great radio)), and maybe they'll design a  high-spec 2M/70cm/23cm radio with C4FM to compete with the IC-9700. 

And maybe they'll sort out all the limitations that the 991A has when it comes to Fusion and dual-band operation. Hopefully it would be able to offer VHF/VHF, UHF/UHF, VHF/UHF, VHF/C4FM, UHF/C4FM and C4FM/C4FM just like the little FT300 does. 

Whatever they do, I hope they don't make the same mistakes that they made with the 101D. They need to match Icom's feature set and ergonomics or better still, bring something new to the table.

We'll see 😊

PLEASE NOTE : this FT-DX90 is not a real radio - it's a guess at what Yaesu might do!

1 comment:

PE4BAS, Bas said...

Hello Tom, that's fun the FT-DX90. I'm shure this picture will show up on some sites despite it's not real. The FT-818 did for years, complete with color screen ;-). I really like my FT-817 but am not really a Yaesu fan. However they make good radio's for shure. 73, Bas