Exchange Icom 7000 for a Yaesu FT-950 ?

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by SV2EVS, Oct 24, 2015.

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  1. SV2EVS

    SV2EVS Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hi everyone,

    I am considering this...

    I like the icom's reciever very much...but what is your comments on this ?

    73 de sv2evs
  2. K7MH

    K7MH XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    For the most part, I would rather have the larger radio sitting in front of me. I have not heard of any particular problems with the FT-950 so would prefer it. I don't care about the extra bands in the Ic-7000.
  3. SV2EVS

    SV2EVS Ham Member QRZ Page

    I am thinking to exchange my ic-7000...for the ft-950...but i want to hear some reviews about the rig rather than just go ahead and post something that i will later regret...
  4. HB9FUH

    HB9FUH Ham Member QRZ Page

    I have an ic-7000 in the car, and we have an ft-950 in the club shack. The Yaesu is larger, has more controls (so less is accessed via menus) and has a good speaker in it. The 7000 has a colour screen with more information on it (and although it is small, you can plug in an external monitor). I personally prefer the Icom way of doing things over the Yaesu, but both are fine radios. I prefer the sound of the Yaesu over the Icom 718 I have in my shack, but I prefer the 7000 over both.
  5. HB9FUH

    HB9FUH Ham Member QRZ Page

    The Yaesu doesn't have 144 or 450 MHz, if that makes a difference. But you do get multiple antenna connections for HF.
  6. SV2EVS

    SV2EVS Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thanks for the input guys...yes, i know about the 144/430 on my ic-7000 and i like that a lot, even i dont use them a lot...but i whould maybe want something bigger in the shack with maybe auto tuner installed inside (i believe the Yaesu has is build in), that is why i posted this and considering.
  7. KB4MNG

    KB4MNG Ham Member QRZ Page

    FT 950 in my opinion is a better receiver. The 950 is designed for a base station the 7000 portable. The 7000 covers a lot of things but that causes weakness in areas such as the receiver. Plus, I hate a menu driven radio. I had an icom 706 that drove me nuts. I may not use the radio for awhile and then forget the steps on changing something. Out came the manual.
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  8. WB2WIK

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    I'd prefer the 950 also, if VHF-UHF isn't a factor.

    It is a higher performance rig and less reliant on menus.

    The 7000 is a mobile rig, to me.
  9. GM1FLQ

    GM1FLQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    The 7000 doesn't have a very good record when it comes to heat related failures.
    I would go for the 950 if you want to increase your chances of better longevity.
  10. KY5U

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    If we lived closer, I'd let you try my 950 for a few days. I need a smaller rig for mobile and I just bought the FTdx3000 so my FT950 is in the closet.

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