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    While at HRO Salem yesterday I seen my first FT 9000, it was on co signment ($4800). I never seen one before although I've seen the and played with the FT5000. This thing is huge and I was really impress. I wish it was there last April before I bought my new rigs. As I left with my tounge hanging I'm wondering just how good the FT 9000 really is?

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    The PEP upgrade definitely helped the FT-9000 series. The early run models had a lot of issues. But by then, I suspect the damage had been done. Who wanted to spend that kind of $$$ for a problem rig?

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    SERIOUS MONEY for those when they came out. Some of the FT9K models went for FOURTEEN THOUSAND DOLLARS!!!! WOW!!!

    That thing is as big as a Heathkit DX-100B and almost as heavy!

    Basically, it is a FTdx5000 with the Microtuning modules and DMU-2000 built in. I would LOVE to have one of those, but not the Contest model. I want the FTdx9000D model with the big LCD Screen. But then, I don't have $14K! $4800 is DIRT CHEAP!
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    My neighbor Dave WA6DKN has one, and an IC-7800, and an FTDX-5000 and a K3 and a Kenwood TS-990 (his newest one).

    He uses them all but tells me he likes the TS-990 best over all of them. I'm not totally sure why.

    Catch him on the air and let him rotate through the rigs...
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    Had to back up yesterday, it says pep on back. It's real nice shape but I need to move on and stop thinking about it and besides it won't fit into my desk.

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    The FTdx-5000 is a better radio at half the price.
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    Quote Originally Posted by N1JGE View Post
    While at HRO Salem yesterday I seen my first FT 9000, it was on co signment ($4800). I never seen one before although I've seen the and played with the FT5000. This thing is huge and I was really impress. I wish it was there last April before I bought my new rigs. As I left with my tounge hanging I'm wondering just how good the FT 9000 really is?
    Probably sounds as good as my Heathkit HW-101 on the air.

    Bill

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    Quote Originally Posted by K5MIL View Post
    Probably sounds as good as my Heathkit HW-101 on the air.

    Bill
    Yes, but, is that HW-101 going to help you score with the ladies like an FT-9000? I mean, how's that going to look when you invite her down to your shack and then you have to say something like "hold on, this will take a minute, the tubes have to warm up?" With that FT-9000, it's ready for action the minute you hit that big glorious switch.

    I know which radio that I'd rather have, know what I'm sayin?

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    Quote Originally Posted by WB2WIK View Post
    My neighbor Dave WA6DKN has one, and an IC-7800, and an FTDX-5000 and a K3 and a Kenwood TS-990 (his newest one).

    He uses them all but tells me he likes the TS-990 best over all of them. I'm not totally sure why.

    Catch him on the air and let him rotate through the rigs...
    What, no hilberling? Amateur!

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