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FT-920 or FT-950

Discussion in 'General Technical Questions and Answers' started by KF7NDH, Jan 11, 2011.

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  1. KF7NDH

    KF7NDH Ham Member QRZ Page

    I’m in a dilemma, which I should purchase a used Yaesu FT-920 priced in the neighborhood of $1,000 with no warranty or a new FT-950 price at $1,350 with a full warranty. The FT-920, though not the most advanced HF rig by today’s standards, seems to have had very good reviews.

    I’m an old man new to Ham radio who wants to work CW right now but later, once I get my General license, may want to go further such as Packet, RTTY etc.. I really don’t want to “save 35%” now only to purchase another rig when the time comes to advance beyond CW. (What’s the old saying, “Pay me now or pay me later”?)

    The obvious question is which rig do you, the hams who know the business, suggest? The next question is - do these things actually wear out? Hams seem to buy and sell rigs all the time but I would think most of it is due to the desire to have the latest technology available.

    Thanks for any advice you have.

  2. NZ5F

    NZ5F Ham Member QRZ Page

    I really like the FT920. It is my first ham transceiver and I think it is really nice. It has a very good receiver and lots of different adjustments for microphone gain, receiving DSP, etc. I am not as knowledgeable on the FT950 but from what I read that is a great transceiver as well. The FT920 is a solid choice from my perspective. I don't think you can go wrong with either but I did pay about $200 less than what you are going to pay for mine without the FM modification for 6m.
  3. K4YAN

    K4YAN Ham Member QRZ Page

    920 great radio !
    950 Newer technology

    You will be happy either way!
  4. WD0MYM

    WD0MYM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yaesu has free wonderful software for the FT-950. Puts a real nice realistic picture of the FT-950 on your screen with all the controls the radio has, including a bit more to help you set your TX audio up.

  5. N0AZZ

    N0AZZ Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    The FT-950 might be a better choice because of warranty and a better receiver by most standards with quite nice DSP filtering. One other reason Yeasu does keeps bringing out new firmware upgrades for that radio that keeps improving it with free downloads.

    The FT-920 was a very good radio but now it is over 10 yrs old and a little behind in technology plus you may have to have some repairs in the near future who knows. Even a new radio can have problems but you do have a warranty to fall back on and parts some older radios you can not get parts for. A friend found this out not long ago with his Ten Tec Omni VI and had to scrap it when they sent it back to him.
  6. W7KKK

    W7KKK Ham Member QRZ Page

    Just a note~neither of those rigs will allow you much in the way of CW ops with the tech license.
    Get that upgrade to general as it will open a whole new world to you.
    10 and 6 meters I am afraid will disappoint you right now with propagation so low.
    I would hate to see you disappointed after spending a lot of money.
  7. KD8GKR

    KD8GKR Ham Member QRZ Page

    Tech's have CW privileges on HF other than 10 meters.
  8. N4KZ

    N4KZ XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    I loved my FT-920 but sold it because it was getting long in the tooth. For the relatively small price difference between a used 920 and a new FT-950, I would go for the 950 without reservation. Better DSP, roofing filters, and a new radio warranty.

    73, N4KZ
  9. WB2WIK

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    I'd go for the new FT-950, also.

    More features, newer rig, warranty.
  10. AC0FP

    AC0FP Ham Member QRZ Page

    I have the FT-950, if your going to be working CW then I would go for the 950 for the IF DSP filters if nothing else. The nice thing about the FT-950 is there is nothing else to buy, its all built in. :) The 950 is a radio for the shack because at around 25 lbs, it is definitely not a mobile rig!


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